Encore shifts are often a process that evolves over time, rather than a search for that one job that’s going to take you to the sunset. It’s a lot like the way younger people are now thinking about careers.
- So we come to transitions in many different ways. You could be far away from a transition and planning ahead. It could be right upon you where you're about to make a change and need a plan. It's possible that you have no idea what you want to do next. Or it's possible that you have some idea, but you just need to get some steps in place for what to do first. Wherever you are, think about the topics in this course as things you can dip in and out of based on what's speaking to you at the moment.
It does not need to be done in one specific order. So go where you need to go at the moment you're in right now. It's also possible that you'll go through this process many times. So expect that. So a few things I want you to keep in mind as you do this, first, get a nice notebook or open a document on your computer and take notes all in one place. You're going to really be able to do the exercises we go through and create a little time capsule of how you're feeling at this moment in your life.
And you're going to want all those notes in one place. Also, recognize that this process is not going to be linear. There are going to be detours. In fact, some of the detours will be the things you need to do to land in some place that you need to land. So embrace that. And also give yourself permission to not know all the answers and to let this process unfold. I also want you to be easy on yourself. These processes take a long time. Transitions don't happen overnight.
In fact, they always take longer than we think they're going to take. Finally, don't go it alone. Find a way to get some support, whether it's through an encore transition buddy, someone else who's going through the same thing, through an online community even. We have an Encore LinkedIn group where there's quite a lot of people working on transitions like this as well as people who have moved into encore kinds of work. But also, try to recognize that you can actually become part of something that's bigger than yourself.
As I've mentioned earlier, I think of this as a movement of people who want to use their accumulated time, talent, and experience to improve the world in some way. So you're not just going through a jobs transition. You're actually a part of something that really can be bigger than yourself and a place to get camaraderie and fun.
- Identify the personally meaning behind the encore movement.
- Discover the essentials involved in exploring the possibilities of an encore career.
- Examine the benefits of volunteerism in a post professional career.
- Break down the positives to sharing your individual story on the business-oriented social media platform Linkedin.
- Identify the important fundamentals in networking and interviewing for an encore career in today’s business market.