Encore Careers

Top of Encore Careers

Have you ever attended a show where the encore was as good as, if not better than, the performance?

An encore career can be like that, capping years of hard work and achievement with a new and energized mission. Except this time around, the work can be in an entirely different area — perhaps one you always wanted to pursue but couldn’t afford at the time, or maybe one that allows you to explore a new interest.

Many Stanford GSB alumni reach a point where they are ready for an encore. Here are some resources to support your next endeavor.

Encore Career-Matching Programs

The Broad Residency A leadership development program that places qualified participants in high-level managerial positions in school districts, charter school management organizations, and federal/state departments of education.
Experience Matters An Arizona-based organization that connects experienced professionals with the nonprofit sector in the Phoenix area.
ReServe A community-serving organization that offers job-matching for professionals 55 and over at nonprofits and public agencies on the East Coast and southeast Wisconsin.
Social Venture Partners Encore Fellows A program that matches seasoned private-sector professionals with a high-impact project for a nonprofit or public agency. Engagements last six to 12 months.
Vistage Use your business expertise to coach a group of CEOs as they collaborate to solve business challenges. If interested, contact Jed Daly, MBA ’80.

Encore Community and Resources

Coming of Age Features online community and resources for people 50 and over.
Encore.org Contains a comprehensive collection of resources, including guides to careers in health, education, and the green economy.
Life Reinspired Offers programs for men and women seeking a future filled with excitement, discovery and new horizons.
Next Avenue Aggregates articles about career change for the encore career population.
The Transition Network Offers resources and job opportunities to professional women over 50.

Encore Career Books

Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life
By Marc Freedman
The Encore Career Handbook
By Marci Alboher
Second-Act Careers
By Nancy Collamer
Life Reimagined
By Richard Leider and Alan Webber