Still career

It is still a career in the second half of life that combines continuing income, greater personal meaning, and social impact . These positions are paid positions in the 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 Again: 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 ‘switch to working full-time for his foundation’ is part of a booming trend: the ‘still career’ as a substitute for retirement. year [2] Writes Kristof: “If more people take on still more careers … the boomers who arrived on the scene by igniting a sexual revolution could leave by staging Boomers may just be remembered for what they did in their 60s for what they did in the Sixties. ” Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman quotes Al Gore as a “post child, the model for what Marc Freedman calls the ‘ still career. ‘ “[3]


In 2011, Penn Schoen Berland conducted research about interest in still careers. The research – which included a nationally representative telephone survey of 930 Americans aged 44 to 70 and an online survey of 1,408 Americans aged 44 to 70 – found that as many as 9 million Americans in this age range are in still careers and another 31 million Americans still want careers. [4] Those in still careers, on average, started to think about their age and made about the transition. The research also found that the transition to still careers is not easy: Nearly 67 percent of those still in 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 further careers. Commissioned by and the MetLife Foundation, the Still Career Survey [6] found that 5.3 million to 8.4 million of those surveyed were then still in careers: “The survey results suggest that the number of people still careers could grow rapidly. those who are interested in health care, government, and the nonprofit sector. ” A companion survey, at the time, [7]found that half of nonprofit employers found hiring still workers “highly appealing.” Those with experience hiring older adults were most enthusiastic about doing it again.

“What if over time, 100,000 people still interested in careers were persuaded to launch 10-year still careers?” That would mean one million years of poverty, and the environment, “Marc Freedman wrote in the report . “What if we could persuade a million more to do so? Applying this talent and experience to the big challenges of our time could be as profound as possible by new technologies or even 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.) Still Career Choices: Purpose, Passion and a 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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  7. Jump up^ still -talent

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