Many HBS alumni are not interested in retiring. They want to scale back their current careers, but still remain engaged and active. They often design encore careers which allow them to apply their skills and knowledge to different kinds of work: consulting, entrepreneurial ventures, not-for-profit, board service, and teaching, to name only a few.
"Is it right for me?"
Conduct a self-assessment of your values and skills. This will allow you to clearly articulate what you have to offer, what you want to do, and where you want to be in the future. The following questions can help you determine whether an encore career is right for you:
- Do you need benefits that usually accompany full-time employment?
- Do you need stability (vis a vis control over your time)?
- Do you want to create something new or be on your own?
- Are you risk averse?
Schedule a coaching session for help thinking about these questions and the next stage of your career.