023: How To Plan Your Second-Act Career with Nancy Collamer

Nancy Collamer is a coach, consultant, speaker, and author. She writes about the changing nature of work and retirement for PBS’ NextAvenue.org, contributes to Forbes.com, and is the author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement.

There are now more opportunities than ever for people who are leaving full-time jobs but are not wanting to fully exit the workforce. Nancy, who herself is in her second-act career after working full-time in human resources, has conducted hundreds of interviews with not-quite-retirees, and compiled a hugely valuable career guide for anyone looking to take on fulfilling, profitable, and flexible work during what she calls the “encore stage” of their careers.

Today, Nancy joins the podcast to talk about the changing trends in retirement, why we’re now seeing more entrepreneurs than ever over the age of 65, the common threads among the working retirees she’s met, and the tools she uses to help them find fulfillment at any age.

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In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:
Why more and more people are finding ways to work on a flexible basis in their retirement years after their full-time jobs come to an end.
How Nancy’s second act career took shape as she created multiple streams of expert income.
Why consulting comes up so often among people who do flexible work – and how to find your first project and build your portfolio.
The reason retirees need reason, purpose, routine, and community – and how work or volunteering helps to fulfill this.
The key questions Nancy asks to help retirees find their motivation and purpose.
Why we’re so much better at talking about what we don’t want rather than what we do want – and how this helps us find out what we truly enjoy.
The reasons post-retirement work (or volunteer work) can be unfulfilling – and why it’s okay if your role, or what you’re excited about, changes over time.
Inspiring Quotes
“Work gives us a daily routine and people sometimes underestimate the value of that. It provides us the community, it gives us purpose, and it also feeds our sense of status and self-love.” – Nancy Collamer

“Retirement is a point in time where you’re finally freed up to do what you want to do. You’re freed up to share your gifts with the world in a way that really speaks to you. And quite frankly, it’s an opportunity to just have fun.” – Nancy Collamer

Interview Resources
My Lifestyle Career
Next Avenue
Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement
Million Dollar Consulting

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