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  • In Transition? Why You’ll Fall Before You Fly


    You know how we metaphorically refer to transitions as “leaving the nest?” Well, this past weekend I had the opportunity to see “our” birds leave their nest. Literally.

    Of course, the birds weren’t technically ours. They were a family of wrens who camped out for the summer in a gourd we hung on our deck (pictured above). But still, after spending a summer watching them build their nest and capture bugs for their babies, they sure felt like part of the Collamer family.

    Witnessing them take flight was a rare treat; one that I doubt I’ll ever be lucky enough to see again. And as I watched them leave the nest, I couldn’t help but observe that their departure offered a lesson about transitions that applies to us all:

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  • 9 Ways to Profit From Your Professional Expertise in Retirement


    Much of what I write about here is geared towards people interested in doing something new and different during semi-retirement.

    But of course, not everyone wants to do a 180-degree change in their second-act career. Some people really love their jobs and would like to stay connected to their professions on a part-time basis after “retiring” from their full-time career.

    If that sounds like you, here are nine ways to work on a more flexible basis during semi-retirement - while still using your professional expertise:

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  • Alumni Career Services: A Valuable Second-Act Resource


    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.

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  • How to Do Work That Matters in Retirement


    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.”

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  • Want to Work During Retirement? 9 Books to Read Now


    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?”

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