Encore Careers


Today's men and women do not think about retirement the way their parents and grandparents did; a well-deserved rest of a tired body for 10-15 years after an exhausting or boring job. Americans in what's commonly referred to as the innovative Baby Boomer generation (ages 50 and older) are once again rethinking and redesigning potential futures beyond what previous generations imagined.

Most Baby Boomers expect to live healthy and productive lives well into their 60's and 70's and, for some, even into their 80's and 90's.  Now, upon considering or reaching eligibility for pensions and retirement benefits, many people are seeking and starting brand new careers.

This may involve, but does not necessarily include

  • Career exploration activities
  • A college degree or certificate
  • Transferring skills, education and experience into a new field
  • Consulting or starting a small business
  • Active volunteering and/or social justice advocacy
  • Continuing education classes for new skills



Sponsored by AARP, Samuel Greengard has written a book called Finding the Work You Love: The Essential Guide to Reinventing Your Life. Click here for his article in the November/December 2008 AARP Magazine.

AARP's website also has

NOW AT SFCC: Starting in March 2014, the AARP 50+ Back To Work program for unemployed and underemployed women 50+.  Santa Fe Community College is one of 11 national colleges selected for this two-year grant.  More more information go to our Special Programs web page or



New Mexico Department of Aging and Long Term Services opened the only 50+ Employment Connection office in the state in January 2009 at the Department of Workforce Solutions.  They have since moved the 50+ Employment Connection to the Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM, 505-476-4623.  They are open M-F 9am-4pm and also offer the only Job Club in town.  Click here for a flyer with a map.




Social Entrepreneur, Marc Freedman has created a new, informational Encore Careers website, along with several books, articles and discovery tools about the phenomena. They include





PBS has created a new, interactive website, Next Avenue.  Some of their interesting articles include


Arianna Huffington, creator of the Huffington Post online newspaper, has launched a new initiative to redefine success from our current business@model@to one beyond measures of money and power, which she calls The Third Metric.

The current, male-dominated model of success -- which equates success with burnout, sleep deprivation, and driving ourselves into the ground -- isn't working for women, and it's not working for men, either. On June 6, (2013)
Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski hosted a conference (in England) called "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power," bringing together women -- and a few good men -- to focus on redefining success to include well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder and our ability to make a difference in the world. On (the linked page), HuffPost will host an ongoing conversation about The Third Metric and how we can chart a course to a new, more humane, more sustainable definition of success -- for women and for men.

Blog from Arianna: Redefining Success: Takeaways from our (first) Third Metric conference (of June 2-13)


The Transition Network is a national organization for women "50 and forward" who are experiencing a variety of transitions in their personal and professional lives.  The national website has a Career Transitions Blog and Santa Fe has a local chapter with a wide variety of social and educational activities.


Age Nation, the versatile Santa Fe-based organization, that is a platform for Baby Boomers, elders and older Gen-Xers has a Careers and Skills Development page.




Take the world's best courses online for free.  Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the best universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take.  They want to empower people to improve their lives, the lives of their families and the communities they live in.  You will not receive university credit, a certificate or degree, nor will you be able to transfer the course into a college or university certificate or degree program.  But, you will gain the knowledge.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.  They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. They are building an online clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.  View Jane Fonda's inspiring presentation on TED about what she calls Life's Third Act.

For more information, please contact Patty Armstrong, 505-428-1406 (Fax: 505-428-1657),

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