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Unveiling Encore Careers: Your Story Matters- Share it!

July 12 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Entries due by July 15, 2024

Retirement has taken on a whole new meaning for older adults in Colorado and across the nation. Instead of saying farewell to the workforce, many are choosing an encore career – or simply choosing to work longer. Whether you are exploring a different job, working part-time, or juggling various paid projects, the idea of sticking around a bit longer is catching on!

We would like to learn why you are still in the game and what keeps your passion alive. Maybe you have found a purpose in a new role that challenges and fulfills you, or you thrive on the sense of accomplishment from contributing your expertise as a part of a team. Or you need the money! Whatever your reason, your story is important and deserves to be shared.

So, here’s the deal: we’re inviting you to craft a 300-word essay explaining why you continue to work. If you’re comfortable, share a sentence or two about the biggest challenge you’re facing or may face in continuing to work. Submissions are due on or before July 15, 2024. Stories selected to be shared publicly in September will receive a free copy of Chip Conley’s new book, Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age!.

Your stories go beyond personal anecdotes; they offer insight into the changing dynamics of the workforce and the increasing desire – or need – of older adults to stay active and engaged.

By highlighting your experiences, you’re demonstrating to employers that older adults are redefining retirement – and yes, work is a part of it! Politicians will benefit from your stories as they develop policies to support older adults transitioning into new careers or re-entering the workforce.

Your stories have the power to inspire and spark change – impacting employer actions and helping evolve policy.

Selected stories will premiere during Workforce Development Month in September 2024, highlighting the significant contributions of older adults to the workforce. This initiative is being conducted by iAging and the Colorado Commission on Aging Workforce ( CCOA WF) Committee. Send submittals to Karen Brown, CEO iAging & CCOA WF Chair to EncoreCareersCo@gmail.com.

Service Areas Details:

  • Boulder County and City of Boulder
  • Central Mountains: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake
  • City and County of Denver
  • City of Aurora
  • Colorado Springs Metro area: Counties of El Paso, Park, Teller
  • Denver Metro area: Counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson
  • Eastern Plains: Counties of Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln
  • Larimer County and City of Fort Collins
    Las Animas/ Huerfano: Counties of Huerfano, Las Animas
  • Northeast Colorado: Counties of Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma
  • Northwest: Counties of Garfield, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt
  • Pueblo County and City of Pueblo
  • San Juan Region: Counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan
  • South Central Colorado: Counties of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache
  • Southeast Colorado: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Prowers, Otero
  • Summit Region: Counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, Summit
  • Weld County
  • West Central: Counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel