Written by the Own Your Destiny Team
If you’re nearing retirement, you may be thinking about your life after a primary career. Many professionals need to continue to work after retirement or a job loss to fulfill a passion or meet financial goals. Regardless of your reason for pursuing a second career, you can find meaningful work as an encore to your career path.
Are Your Ready for the Next Chapter in Your Professional Life?
As you research second careers that fit your training, skills, and preferences, consider some of the most popular careers women transition to after leaving a primary career:
- Teacher. Second career teachers have something to offer that primary career teachers do not have – experience. Use your experience to give real-world insights to high schoolers, technical college students, and university students.
- Writer. Take time away from the busyness of a primary career to write fiction, nonfiction, articles, or a blog. Anyone can write and make extra money doing so. Follow your passion and leave your legacy in a print or digital publication.
- Small business owner. Many women leave their primary careers to discover a pain point in the world they can remedy. They start small businesses ranging from boutiques to yoga facilities. If you can offer an in-demand product or service, go for it.
- Nonprofit organizer. Nonprofits are constantly looking for experienced professionals to take on paid roles in a range of departments. Identify your interest area and look for nonprofits that align with your passions to find a role that is fulfilling and financially prudent.
- Consultant. Consider working as a consultant for businesses or individuals if you have years of experience in a field. Technical experts, attorneys, project managers, and others often find successful second careers as advisors and consultants.
Each of these career paths relies on experience and drive. If you need or want to keep working, consider the many opportunities for women in these five pathways.
Tips for Getting Started in Your Second Career
As you plan for a second career, you may want to work with a money coach a few years before you transition to a new career. Several of these careers including entrepreneurship, writing, and consulting may require savings to launch, while others offer a more conventional employment structure. A financial advisor can provide debt counseling, help you make sound investments, and empower you to reach your goals. Financial literacy is invaluable to those pursuing a second career.
In addition to financial planning, continuing education can set you apart from the competition. Take classes, achieve certifications, speak at networking events, and build your second career resume. A combination of expertise and experience will increase the likelihood of career success in later life. Networking is also essential for a career change. People you know and work with may well have contacts and resources to share that the two of you have never discussed. Don’t be shy about discussing your plans – at least in a way that won’t jeopardize your current employment!
As life expectancies increase, more women are considering the benefits of a second career for health, financial security, and happiness. Instead of resigning yourself to a boring retirement, realize your full potential in an encore career.