A mid-50s government worker is nearing retirement and looking for a lower-paying job with less responsibility. But no one will hire her, even though she has two graduate degrees and decades of experience. Brandon Smith explains how to overcoming her work history and her age to find a second act.
Nearly 9 million Americans aged 44 to 70 are pursuing an “encore career,” according to the nonprofit Encore.org. That’s the executive who decides late in life that his real passion is cooking, so he opens a restaurant. Or it’s the lawyer who decides she wants to become an author, so she quits the firm and writes a book. Brandon Smith says making an encore career happen starts with ignoring reality – at first.