An even more career is the second half of life that combines continued income, greater personal meaning, and social impact . These jobs are paid for in public interest fields, such as education , the environment , health , the government sector, social services , and other nonprofits .

The phrase “still career” was made popular by Marc Freedman, in his book Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life. [1]

Popular use of the term

Nicholas Kristof , writing in the New York Times , notes that Bill Gates is “a part of a booming trend: the ‘still career’ as a substitute for retirement. further year career Typically AIMS to Provide a dose of personal satisfaction by ‘giving back.’ ” [2] Writes Kristof:” If more people take are still careers … the boomers Who arrived on the szene by igniting a sexual revolution Could leave by staging A give-back revolution. Boomers may just be remembered more for what they did in their 60s than what they did in the Sixties. ” Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman quotes Al Gore as a poster for Marc Freedman calls the ‘ Still career. ‘ ” [3]


In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland conducted research about interest in yet careers. The research – which included a nationally representative telephone survey of 930 Americans ages 44 to 70 and an online survey of 1,408 Americans ages 44 to 70 – found that as many as 9 million Americans in this age range are in careers and another 31 million Americans Want still careers. [4] Those in careers, on average, started to think about their encores at age 50 and took about 18 months to make the transition. The research also found that the transition to careers is not easy: Nearly 67 percent of those in still careers experienced reduced or no income during the transition. [5]

The 2011 research echoes similar research conducted three years earlier. In 2008, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc., conducted a nationally representative telephone survey of 1,063 Americans ages 44-70 about their interest in yet careers. Commissioned by and MetLife Foundation, the Encore Career Survey [6] found that 5.3 million to 8.4 million of those surveyed were then in careers: “The survey results suggest that the number of people choosing yet careers could grow rapidly. Those not already in careers, half say they are interested in working in such fields as education, health care, government, and the nonprofit sector. ” A companion survey, at the time, [7] found that half of nonprofit employers found hiring still workers ”

“What if, over time, 100,000 people interested in still careers were persuaded to launch 10-year careers yet?” Marc Freedman wrote in the report . “What if we could persuade a million more to do so?” Applying this human talent and experience to the big challenges of our time could be as profound a contribution as those made possible by new technologies or massive infusions of philanthropic dollars. ”


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  2. Jump up^ New York Times, “Geezers Doing Good” 7/20/08
  3. Jump up^ Boston Globe, “Second Acts,” Oct. 19, 2007
  4. Jump up^ Civic Ventures and MetLife Foundation. (November 2011.) Encore Career Choices: Purpose, Passion and Paycheck in a Tough Economy.
  5. Jump up^ Civic Ventures and MetLife Foundation. (March 2012.) Bridging the Gap: Making it Easier to Finance Encore Transitions. Online:
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