July/August, 2011; Source: AARP Bulletin | The work of nonprofits is the stuff of dreams for workers aged 50+ who are looking to launch an “encore” career. The American Association of Retired Persons reports that the most desired fields of work for encore careers are:
- Health care – hospital, hospice, nursing
- Work with older people
- Spiritual/religious work
- Local or global poverty alleviation
- Community safety
- Work with children/youth
And, the #1 most desired work for an encore career is . . . Advocacy!
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Nonprofits are key players in all of these fields. Given these results, the 50+ age group may be particularly ripe for mobilization and engagement around policy advocacy. The timing couldn’t be better, as such work is experiencing a resurgence and heightened prioritization across the sector.—Kathi Jaworski