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

Nancy Collamer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

RETHINK YOUR RETIREMENT
 
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 personal passions. If you’re planning for retirement or already at “retirement age” but want to continue working—whether to supplement your income or to stay mentally and physically active—veteran career coach Nancy Collamer shows how to identify your favorite interests and expertise and repackage them into more than fifty ways to earn income. These second acts range from the traditional (part-time employment, consulting) to newer Internet-based options (teaching online, writing a blog). With a prescriptive approach to securing second-act careers that are flexible, fulfilling, and fun, this book offers a wide variety of income-generating examples as well as exercises to clarify your lifestyle goals and help you plan for your next move. Second-Act Careers shows how to create a profitable and meaningful semi-retirement on your own terms and in your own way.



Editorial Reviews

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“One of the hardest parts of a career change or job hunt is figuring out what all your  options are and then intelligently evaluating them. In this invaluable guide, career coach Nancy Collamer shows that transforming your passions into profits after leaving your full-time job can be easier (and more fun) than you think! Filled with inspirational stories,pragmatic advice, and tested resources, this book is the ultimate here-is-how-you-do-it guide to earning an income on a flexible basis during your semi-retirement years.”
—Susan Joyce, publisher and editor, Job-Hunt.org

“With ‘retirement’ being threatened, Second-Act Careers will become the recognized  lifeline for those seeking income, newly defined meaning, and purpose in their lives.”
—Dan Miller, author and life coach, www.48Days.com

Second-Act Careers is an invaluable resource for anyone considering ways to earn income during retirement. Well-respected career coach Nancy Collamer provides terrific, practical information about a wide variety of full-time and part-time jobs as well as thoughtful exercises to help you figure out what you’d like to do next and where. 
Whether you’re interested in freelancing, temping, launching a business, getting into  direct sales, becoming a franchisee, or starting an encore career, this book will provide a handy roadmap to reach your second act’s destination.”
—Richard Eisenberg, editor, Work & Purpose Channel, Nextavenue.org

About the Author

NANCY COLLAMER, MS, is a career coach, author, and speaker who is an expert at helping people create lifestyle-friendly careers. In private practice since 1996, Nancy gained national prominence as the Career Transitions columnist for Oxygen Media and as the founder of the popular websites MyLifestyleCareer.com and Jobsandmoms.com. She holds a MS in career development from the College of New Rochelle and a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her advice has been featured in numerous media outlets, including NBC Nightly News; the New York Times; CNN; the Wall Street Journal; Redbook; Ladies’ Home Journal; More O, The Oprah Magazine; and Fortune. She has written columns about lifestyle friendly careers for a number of major websites, including AARP.org, MariaShriver.com, NextAvenue.org, and Job-Hunt.org. Nancy enjoys sharing her expertise with live audiences, both large and small, and has spoken at venues ranging from Harvard Business School to the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women.
 
When not at work, Nancy loves spending time at her home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband, Joel, their two daughters, Danielle and Juliana, and her one-eyed cat, Annabelle. She is a rabid UNC Tar Heel basketball fan and a proud card-carrying member of AARP.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3518 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LMD8CQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was written for me January 30, 2013
Format:Paperback
Seriously, this book by Collamer is perfectly timed. I didn't realize it at first but after I got laid off from my last job I've been a baby boomer trying to figure out how to spend my day doing something more interesting than walking on the beach with a metal detector. this step-by-step instructional manual lead me through a self assessment and now I've got it. Start my own company selling services that I've promoted in one way or another for the first 37 years of my professional life. Thank you so much. Oh, and by the way, the writing is superb. Not condescending, no jargon. It reads like I'm talking to a really interesting person at a cocktail party. Well done.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! January 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an extraordinary book for any and all. Ms. Collamer has a gift for writing and understanding human nature. Her stories are lively and enticing, bringing new light to an age-old dilemma of finding meaning and perhaps money in re-inventing oneself. Highly entertaining and thought-provoking for those in retirement, those who are considering a career change, or those with a little time on their hands. thumbs up!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Nancy Collamer understands the new world we live in. There are lots of way to make money from just about anywhere in today's world. The problem is understanding what are all of your options. Nancy has created a book that walks you through the new world of making money and creating a portfolio career.

This book complements many other books on the market including The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy ... And Pays the Bills and my book [...]

Marc Miller
Career Pivot
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not useful as a guide February 16, 2013
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A series of short (750 words) anecdotes about people who made changes to their careers. Not useful about how to make similar changes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I'm getting ready to make the leap into a pre-retirement career; not because I have to, but because I want to. The main problem for me has been what to do, and how to go about doing it. This book is a great place to start. There could have been more information in several sections of part one, which describes all kinds of different 2nd act career possibilities, but it certainly is a very comprehensive list, and there are plenty of links to resources. I also think the author did a good job of pointing out how flexible the various possibilities would be for those of us not planning to work full time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as helpful as described! February 27, 2014
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While there are some helpful tips in this book, they do not include all geographical areas, e.g. I'm in Newark, NJ and the colleges here do not offer some of the opportunities mentioned in this book. I have been to the US Dept labor-sponsored CareerOneStop offices in Newark, but the agency does not offer any programs for seniors.

My phone calls to the Encore offices have not been returned.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I am starting my second act and it is an adjustment.

This book is approachable and easy to read and is a real help to that adjustment.

Skimming it allows a person to get ideas and consider possibilities that weren't obvious before. If you find an area that is interesting there is a lot of hands on information that allows me to get down to practical steps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review March 12, 2014
Format:Paperback
From the title onwards, this book is a gem for anyone wondering what to do after retirement. Ms. Collamer gives many hints and has brought the knowledge of experts in a wide variety of fields to give their ideas. The best parts for me are Chapter 9 and 10 where she asks specific questions to help you remember what turned you on when you were young and what excites you now. A book to write in and go back to again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
as advertised
Published 13 hours ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Good Stuff in there.
Great ideas for creating an all new you, or to enhance a Portfolio Career.
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great resource!
Published 1 month ago by Margaret F.
1.0 out of 5 stars More of a second career advisor.
Not helpful for a math teacher planning retirement.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Wysaske
5.0 out of 5 stars After reading this book I have changed the way I ...
After reading this book I have changed the way I search for jobs. I was feeling hopeless in competition with the younger college grads that I have been competing against in the job... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pegi
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Resource
Good information and good source of other resources.
Published 2 months ago by CB
2.0 out of 5 stars everything you've already heard
Nothing particularly new here. But well annotated and full of links to sites that are useful. Substance is unfortunately lacking.
Published 3 months ago by Terry L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful!
Published 3 months ago by Rita Lynch
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book and keeps you focused
Good book and keeps you focused. Made me really think about a lot of issues, likes and dislikes with a second career!
Published 3 months ago by Denise Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book which provides a variety of ideas for careers after retirement. I highly recommend to all who are trying to figure out what they want to do next.
Published 4 months ago by Jacqueline Diamond
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More About the Author

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 and volunteering for NextAvenue.org (PBS) that is also carried on Forbes.com.

In private practice since 1996, Nancy has spoken at venues ranging from Harvard Business School to the California Governors Conference on Women. She is a contributing expert to Job-Hunt.Org and also writes for her own website at www.mylifestylecareer.com

Her advice has been featured in numerous media outlets including NBC Nightly News, The NY Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, O Magazine and Fortune. Nancy holds a M.S. in career development, a B.A. in psychology and is certified as a MBTI administrator. A loyal graduate of UNC/Chapel Hill, she is an avid college basketball fan, a proud mom of two beautiful daughters and a card-carrying member of AARP.


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