Don’t let the title fool you. This book’s value is not limited only to those who are moved to reinvent themselves as Benefactors – Encorists or otherwise. Wherever you might be on your journey of midlife change, Marci Alboher’s Encore Career Handbook will reveal a variety of destinations, specific routes, and detailed directions. This is a career change must-read.
It’s true the author’s primary goal is to guide Baby Boomers from traditional occupations into socially beneficial second acts.
It’s this search for purpose, passion, and a paycheck that coalesces into an encore career – continued work that combines personal meaning with social purpose.
And that’s all well and good. But that aside, Marci Alboher has created a comprehensive and well-organized guide for personal change in midlife.
The book’s Eleven Chapters track the entire process of change from assessing personal goals, preferences, talents, strengths, and weaknesses to matching these with Encore opportunities, then creating and implementing a plan for change. Encore Profiles, real life examples of people who have made these kinds of changes, are sprinkled throughout. Each chapter ends with a few relevant questions, which the author uses to help the reader apply the material.
You can jump in almost anywhere and get hooked, but I suggest beginning with “The Encore Readiness Quiz” in Chapter One. This will help you position yourself within the Encore spectrum.
The book is packed with links to additional information and resources, including five appendices containing detailed forms to guide the reader through such activities as budgetary planning, business plan preparation and resume writing. Marci has covered all the bases here.
I enjoyed The Encore Career Handbook, and I recommend it if you want to begin reinventing yourself. Everyone deserves a proper encore if he is willing to reach for it. Marci Alboher’s excellent book is a rich resource for success in that quest.
The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life by Marci Alboher; © 2013 Civic Ventures, Workman Publishing, 325 pp, Paperback