Think college alumni career services are only for recent grads? Think again. Alumni career service departments support all age groups, from newly minted grads to semi-retirees.
I was reminded of this fact recently while presenting at the Alumni Career Services Network Conference. It was a wonderful two-day event held on the beautiful campus of the University of Denver (pictured above) that featured talks on a wide variety of topics including branding, social media, networking, and yes, second-act careers.
During my time at the conference I decided to learn more about the services colleges are offering their alumni and was impressed by what I discovered.
According to a recent Merrill Lynch survey on retirement, nearly one-third of pre-retirees hope to work during retirement to give back to society, their communities and worthy causes.
That stat certainly jives with what I hear from clients and readers.
Fortunately, there are limitless ways to give back. But as I am fond of saying, “You don’t need to be Mother Teresa to make a difference in the world. Mother Teresa needed to be Mother Teresa. You need to make a difference honoring your unique gifts.”
A friend of mine called me the other day in a bit of a panic. She had just learned that her company is the target of a merger and it appears likely that she will be out of a job by year end.
Fortunately, she was planning to retire three years from now, but this news means she’ll be out of a job sooner than planned. She is in the enviable position of not having to work if she doesn’t want to, but still, she’d like to do something fulfilling, at least part of the time.
“Nancy,” she asked, ” What books should I start reading to help me figure out what I should do during retirement?”
Looking for ways to turn your hobby into retirement income?
My friend and colleague Jeff Williams, founder of Bizstarters.com and an expert on boomer entrepreneurship, put together this list of seven questions to consider when thinking about turning your hobby into a business. (To learn more about Jeff and Bizstarters.com, I encourage you to read my profile of Jeff on NextAvenue.org).
He generously agreed to allow me to reprint it here:
Finding the time to research new career options can be a challenge. Between work, family and volunteer commitments, it can be tough to carve out an afternoon to explore options.
But I have good news for you. Even if you have only ten minutes a day to spare, that’s enough time to make real progress in your second-act planning process.
Below you’ll find seven tools that make it incredible easy to get information about any career or business idea. Many of these tools run on automatic pilot – once you register, you’ll be updated automatically whenever there is relevant information to report.
So whether you want to learn more about a second-act career as a novelist, dog breeder, seminar leader (or something else), here are seven tools sure to make your research process easier, faster and more enjoyable: