Alert
Close

Get free help preparing your taxes from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Find a location

Prime Time Radio

What Will Be Your Second Act?

New book suggests following your passions to a new career in semi-retirement

Second career recareering opportunities work fun fulfilling flexible nancy collamer pottery gallery crafts art ceramics

Find second-career work opportunities that are fun, fulfilling and flexible. — Barry Austin/Corbis

Americans are working long past what was once considered retirement age and many are shifting careers as they get older. For some, changing careers is a necessity — they have been downsized or retired but still need income -— while others switch gears to pursue ambitions they put on hold years ago.

"It is a process, discovering what the next act will be for you," career coach Nancy Collamer tells AARP Radio host Mike Cuthbert. "What do you want your life to be like? It's about tapping into your strengths and interests."

In her new book Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement, Collamer examines the phenomenon of people jumping career tracks later in life, and says that planning, if possible, is key to a happy second-act career. "You need to first think about the type of life you want to have," she says, "and then build around that."

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Jobs You Might Like

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

UPS Store membership discount aarp benefits

Members save 15% on eligible products/services, 5% on UPS shipping at The UPS Store®.

membership adt

Small business owners save 20% on new installation of any new ADT security system.

Man using cell phone outdoors

Members save on monthly service & usage fees and get free activation with Consumer Cellular.

Member Benefits

Renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.