• Learn to live with uncertainty. Transitions can be unnerving. Find ways to cope, she suggests — is there someone in your life you can turn to for guidance or spiritual support? You might hire a career coach to give you advice who has experience guiding others through similar processes.
• Investigate fields where the jobs are. Take a look at education (special education, math and science, in particular), social services, counseling and coaching, green jobs, the non-profit and health care sectors and government positions.
• It’s a process. Encore careers “are messy and hard,” she counsels. “But for those who muddle through the mess and build something worth building, encore work has the potential to be a true capstone of life.”
When speaking with your financial planner and making plans for retirement, one question should be posed to them and yourself and that is, “How old is too old to start thinking about and planning for an encore career?”