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What is an Encore Career?

As we live longer and healthier lives, most people have not just one career, but several different careers. In the latter half of their working years, many are determined to apply their energy to efforts that make a difference or support a cause. This new model, which combines work, service, and social impact, is called an "encore career." Paid or unpaid, encore work focuses your energies where your passion and purpose meet.

Thinking About Your Next Move?

The Brown School offers these free, self-paced online classes to help:

We also recommend that you:

Read The Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher. Nicholas Kristof’s A Path Appears is also helpful. Visit, and where you’ll discover nonprofits offering paid staff positions, volunteer jobs and board positions, as well as advice and event listings.

Volunteer as a way to gain exposure and experience with causes you care about. Check out the United Way of Greater St. Louis' Volunteer Center, the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace or Volunteer Match.

Prepare for your future career. With our range of Professional Development trainings and our Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees, we hope you will find the Brown School to be your partner in lifelong learning to create positive social change.

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