Do you know someone who’s in the “second act” of life? Have you thought about how your organization might tap into this resource? America’s 78 million baby boomers make up the largest, healthiest, best-educated population of Americans.
In the second half of life, many adults can have fulfilling “encore careers” that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. Retirees are looking to transition from the private sector to the public sector to contribute to the greater good in their “second act”. The research suggests those 55 and older have the skills and experience to help solve serious problems and to bridge critical labor gaps in education, health care and the green economy.
This untapped population might be the answer to solving your talent gap. Here are some examples of how other organizations have attracted individuals seeking an encore career:
- Gretchen Anderson brought over 25 years of experience in the financial industry to the United Way of Salt Lake. She is developing a financial model that measures the financial contribution of their collective impact projects to expand access to high quality early learning opportunities for low-income children.
- Nigel Ball was a Vice President at Hewlett-Packard, and is now helping expand Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT)–a teacher support organization that provides low-cost materials, tools and strategies to enhance hands-on math, science and art education in California’s San Mateo County.
- Pat Guerra brought a wealth of senior management experience to the Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB), which focuses on eliminating by providing food to people in need.