Purposely Planning Your Encore (Retirement) Career

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

On Monday, October 19, the Division of Human Resources and the Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania welcomed Willo Carey, Manager of Donor Relations, WHYY, to present “Purposely Planning Your Encore (Retirement) Career” exclusively to Penn faculty and staff. The talk focused on changing the way that we think about retirement — rather than considering it the end of our career, we should think of it as the start of our new calling, or our “encore.” So many individuals put their true passions or interests on hold while they are busy focusing on their careers. With that in mind, Willo encourages taking advantage of this “second half of life” and using it as an opportunity to explore something new, discover who you really are outside of your job title, and to finding true fulfillment in your new daily routine.

For more motivation and ideas, visit WHYY’s Wider Horizons “Coming of Age” radio series. “Coming of Age” features dozens of inspiring stories from individuals in their “second half of life” who have found new interests and purpose outside of their previous careers.

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