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

On Saturday, November 16, Patty Armstrong chatted with KSFR radio’s Healthy Woman program program host, Jewel Cabeza de Vaca about SFCC Career Services, with a focus on the strengths and challenges of age 50+ women in the job market, returning to work, updating skills, and recareering. Click here to access the podcast.







ENCORE.ORG: Second Acts for the Greater Good

NEXT AVENUE: Where Grown-Ups Keep Growing:

PBS has created an interactive website called Next Avenue, which includes a section on Work & Purpose.  Some of their interesting articles include



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: Solutions for People Who Weren’t Born Yesterday

Age Nation, the innovative, versatile National, yet Santa Fe-based organization, is a platform for Baby Boomers, elders and older Gen-Xers and younger people who want to be prepared in our brave new world.  They have a Careers and Skills Development page and more on the website.  You can also go to www.AgelessLivingSeries.com for a video and overview of the authors and experts in this dynamic new national Television Series for PBS and for broadcast dates for the Series and support information on the Ageless Living Series.

AgeNation’s mission is to inspire hearts and minds and enrich the lives of people in the second half of life and younger people who are inheriting the future through best-selling books, radio, television, live and digital conferences, retreats and educational courses that help redefine what it means to live consciously and age wisely and to live the lives we were born to live and thrive.


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. To access their free options, select Explore All of Coursera and enter free courses in the search box. 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.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

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.

NEW TED TALK from Connie Schultz, who says “Don’t wait to be invited to make a difference in the world.” A Woman Over 50: A Life Unleashed

CONTACT CAREER SERVICES at career.services@sfcc.edu, 505-428-1406, Room 204-G.