Are you looking for an encore? Are you ready to find work that matters during your middle and beyond, which may fulfill all the goals of your nursing career. Like many who are 40+, you may be thinking to yourself what’s next, what else can I do to keep my batteries charged? You might be wondering what else is out there, what haven’t you tried that you’d like to? Again, it seems as though the world is wide open and anything is possible. Like you’ve heard before, been there done that.
Retirement may be the furthest thing from your mind, but it is the time when you typically should at least start thinking about it. In the meantime though, you need to find an outlet for all the experience and wisdom you’ve gained throughout your career, all the while making new social contacts and added intellectual stimulation. This is what is called an encore career. There’s a book written by Marc Freedman called, ‘Encore, Encore: Finding work that matters in the second half of life’
There’s another reason for needing that encore career. You’ve done what most do through the first half of their lives; started a career, bought your first home, got married and raised children… Now what? You are free to do anything and everything. So what are your options? Below are some suggested options in the article on Advance for Nurses.
Here are some simple steps to get you started in discovering your next move:
* Visit your employer’s human resource department to see what’s available. The nurse recruiter knows the basics of each nursing job and has access to job descriptions.
* Talk to others in your field of interest and job shadow.
* If you know what you’re interested in, offer to cross train to pick up extra hours.
* Work per diem somewhere else. If you end up hating the job, you’ve lost nothing, learned new skills and possibly met some interesting people.
* Teach. It doesn’t have to be at the university level, nor does it have to be full time. Look for LPN or certificate programs. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can offer.
* Volunteer. Opportunities abound. After looking locally, search the Internet.
* Want to travel? Check out the Peace Corps, American Red Cross or travel nursing Web sites.
With the doors wide open to you, what’s going to be your next move?
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