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Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement

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A career guide that rethinks the golden years, this handbook offers 50+ income models for creating flexible, fulfilling, and profitable work during the encore stage of one’s career.


For many people, retirement is no longer a trifecta of golf, grandkids, and gardening—it’s an opportunity for new pursuits that involve both earning income and exploring
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Keith Swenson
Oct 07, 2013 Keith Swenson rated it really liked it
This is a good book for someone who has worked hard for 30 years, and is looking for a change without necessarily stopping working. It is easy to read, well organized, and filled with lots of useful, pragmatic advice. The last part is a 40 page self-questionnaire where you can write down your feeling and help to guide your actions. Lots of references on where else to go for further information.

A friend had this book on his shelf. He was looking to make a change in his career, was reevaluating wh
Dec 11, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it
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I found this to be a positive change of pace from the run of the mill retirement finance books I've read recently. It is an optimistic read, giving suggestions of possible "second act" careers in a wide variety of areas. While not recommending jobs of the "cricket rancher" variety, this book did have some jobs I never realized existed, such as a "life celebrant". I learned quite a bit throughout the book. The author includes (almost always) three internet links for further information on careers ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok
Another book that I mostly scanned. Some very useful information, but frankly, there was a lot of information that either didn't pertain to my current situation, or contained careers/career types in which I was not interested. Perhaps I'll revisit it in another decade or so...
John Walker
Jan 04, 2016 John Walker rated it really liked it
A lot of familiar information; however, I was able to generate a starting list and am taking time to do the worksheets which makes it a better than expected read.
Amy Lucey
Jul 30, 2015 Amy Lucey rated it really liked it
Great ideas to explore, especially if you are stuck for ideas.
Feb 27, 2015 Adrienne rated it liked it
A few good ideas & several good resources
Jan 05, 2014 Jared rated it really liked it
If you're over 50, in good financial condition, and looking for "what's next" in work, this book seems like a great resource.

There is information on a different types of work to consider, how to help clarify your thoughts on what matter to you, and lots of links to more specific resources.
Donna Quinlan
Nov 02, 2013 Donna Quinlan rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for someone that is looking to transition to another career, especially in semiretirement, although many of the careers ideas can be used by anyone. I loved that there were many resources to further exploration in an area of interest.
Mar 13, 2013 Mrspam4ever rated it really liked it
This was a very useful giveaway, and I will add it to the library. Many people nowadays need extra income for various reasons and this book will be very helpful in finding ways to make that extra income doing things you already do or enjoy doing:)
Sep 26, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing
One of the very best books for early retirees seeking both guidance and reassurance in pursuing a second-act career. Rich in content and comprehensive. Full of links to further information.
Donna Kozar
Jan 05, 2014 Donna Kozar rated it it was amazing
It was a good book to help find ideas for other work including part time work.
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Nancy Collamer, M.S., is a career coach, speaker and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. She writes a weekly blog about careers on the new PBS website, and on

In private practice since 1996, Nancy gained national prominence as the Career Transitions columnist for Oxygen Media. Her advice has been featured in numerous
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