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2019


Michele Eggenberger

Next Avenue, 11/9/2019: Job Hunting After 50: The Power of Creativity and Persistence

"That’s what Michele Eggenberger did. Her “yes, and” approach started after becoming a fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Advanced Career Initiative year in 2017. That program offers a “gap year” for experienced workers to transition from one career into one with a focus on purpose. Eggenberger had been a three-decade construction industry veteran. The last seven years of her career, she gave talks on sustainability at industry conferences in the Midwest. In her mid-50s, when her architectural firm wanted Eggenberger to expand her geographic territory, she decided it was time for a change." 

 


KFAI 10.29.2019 Steve Jewell, Kate Schaefers, Al McFarlane, Chris Farrell

KFAI, 10/29/2019: Conversations with Al McFarlane

UMAC Exectuve Director Kate Schaefers, Steve Jewell, and MPR economics expert Chris Farrell discuss ageism in the workplace with Al McFarlane of KFAI Radio.

 

 


MPR News with Keri Miller, 9/24/18: Older workers need jobs, too

MPR News, 10/11/2019: How to combat ageism in the workplace

"Age discrimination is a growing concern as more Minnesotans work past the age of 65.

Why are older workers are forced out and why do younger workers feel they aren’t taken seriously?"


MPR News with Keri Miller, 9/24/18: Older workers need jobs, too

MPR News, 7/12/2019: Older Workers Aren’t Hurting the Economy, They’re Stimulating it

"The association of getting older with decline runs deep. To carry on with work — or anything more demanding than an afternoon lecture, a movie and an early dinner — during the traditional retirement years seems cute at best and depressing at worst."
 


WCCO Television, 7/8/2019: When do Americans Retire?

WCCO Television, 7/8/2019: When do Americans Retire?

"A new AP survey finds almost a quarter of Americans say they’ll never retire.

For some, that’s by choice. For others, it’s an economic necessity. For many, however, working until the end is not a truly realistic option.

So, when do Americans retire? And why? Good Question.

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), Americans expect to retire at age 65 but end up actually doing so at age 62."


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Kiplinger, 7/1/2019: 6 Steps to Finding Your Second Act in Retirement

"After a decades-long Wall Street career, Russell Abbott was ready for a change. He had worked as a hedge fund manager and a director in the fixed income department at Credit Suisse, and the long hours and high intensity took a toll. “You start to age out of financial services,” says Abbott, 67. His two children were grown and he was in a financial position to retire, but he wasn’t ready to step out of the working world for good. He just hadn’t figured out what might come next.

Recent UMAC fellow Lisa Mattson, 55, of St. Paul, Minn., ran the business operations of a medical research company for 22 years. As she closed in on retirement, she felt there was more she wanted to do before she stopped working entirely."


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Dialogue Minnesota, 5/28/19: "Encore Adulthood" and the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative, Part 2

"An increasing number of Baby Boomers are approaching traditional retirement age but have no intention of segueing to a life of leisure. A University of Minnesota program offers experienced professionals an opportunity to transition to a so-called “encore career”, often at a community-based non-profit."


White Bear Press, 5/30/19: Encore careers make social impact

White Bear Press, 5/30/19: Encore careers make social impact

"Northeast metro adults are among those finding their path to encore careers in the University of Minnesota's new Advanced Careers Initiative (UMAC) led by Shoreview resident Kate Schaefers.

UMAC is like a gap year for adults retiring from longtime careers or transitioning to new ones, explained Schaefers. The focus is on finding a pathway to social impact by using professional skills, whether paid or volunteer. Fellows participate as mentors in undergraduate classes and do a “midternship” (midlife internship focused on using professional skills) with a nonprofit. This school year was the first year of the full-fledged program. There were 16 fellows who graduated May 15."


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Dialogue Minnesota, 5/28/19: "Encore Adulthood" and the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative, Part 1

"An increasing number of Baby Boomers are approaching traditional retirement age but have no intention of segueing to a life of leisure. A University of Minnesota program offers experienced professionals an opportunity to transition to a so-called “encore career”, often at a community-based non-profit."


Sun Sailor, 4/16/2019:  Late-career professionals, seeking guidance, head back to school

Sun Sailor, 4/16/2019:  Late-career professionals, seeking guidance, head back to school

"Retirement can be daunting, but a new University of Minnesota fellowship program offers guidance on transitioning to the next stage of life.

All applicants have at least two things in common: uncertainty about how to spend their retirement and desire for a second act.”  

 


Sun Sailor, 4/16/2019:  Late-career professionals, seeking guidance, head back to school

Kare 11, 4/15/2019:  Staying connected to younger generations key to living longer for aging adults 

"Dr. Kate Schaefers, from the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative, says 'encore adults,' those 50 years old and older, can benefit greatly from connecting to youth."

 


Kare 11, 2/26/19:  Sandwich Generation: Baby Boomers Transition from Career Jobs to Meaningful Engagement

Kare 11, 2/26/19:  Sandwich Generation: Baby Boomers Transition from Career Jobs to Meaningful Engagement

"Many Minnesotans in the Sandwich Generation are in the midst of wrapping up their careers.

But, not all are looking for a traditional retirement. Instead, people over 50 are starting businesses, re-careering and moving into the nonprofit sector as volunteer leaders and even as employees."


Forbes, 2/25/19: When Older Students and Younger Students Teach Each Other

Forbes, 2/25/19: When Older Students and Younger Students Teach Each Other

"Sheila Peyraud, a newly retired tech executive, saw herself as savvy when she returned to campus last fall. Then the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) fellow came face-to-face with all she doesn’t know in the class What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide. Listening to undergraduates’ experiences changed her thinking about poverty and inequality. 'This class opened my eyes. I learned how uneven the playing field is, and it is getting worse,' said Peyraud."

 


Star Tribune, 2/16/19: New Post-Retirement Job: Making the World a Better Place

Star Tribune, 2/16/19: New Post-Retirement Job: Making the World a Better Place

"Retirement experts often recommend working longer as a way to make savings outlive the saver, but it isn’t always easy.

Burnout, age discrimination, health issues and new technologies that eliminate jobs or make veteran workers’ skills outdated conspire against those who try.

There is a growing wave of hope, however, that saving the world — or at least taking a shot at making it a better place — may be the answer."

2018


MPR News with Keri Miller, 9/24/18: Older workers need jobs, too

MPR News with Keri Miller, 9/24/18: Older workers need jobs, too

"The unemployment rate for Americans over the age of 55 is lower than the national unemployment rate, but not all work in their desired fields.

Companies such as Macy's, FedEx, and Target sent out requests for seasonal and temporary workers to address a shortage of staffing during the holidays. These jobs attract employees over the age of 55 and retirees, but are they only jobs available for older workers?"


Legacy Magazine, Summer 2018: Third act: How a U of M Professor is Helping Baby Boomers Reimagine their Lives.

Legacy Magazine, Summer 2018: Third act: How a U of M Professor is Helping Baby Boomers Reimagine their Lives.

"Nancy Kelly spent 25 years working in employment law and raising four children in St. Paul. With her kids now grown, she started contemplating what might come next. Then someone sent her an article from Forbes magazine about the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative, and 'it immediately struck a chord with me,' she says. 'I wasn’t getting anywhere on my own, so I thought a program like this would help me determine my next step.' And it did."

2017


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Wall Street Journal, 12/28/17: Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College - Again

"Pat Collins has worked as a therapist for 30 years and is looking to reinvent herself. So she has gone back to the place where she invented herself the first time—college.

'I’m not sure what I want to do next,' said Mrs. Collins, 66 years old. 'I’m able to retire financially. But I’m not ready to stop working.'

Mrs. Collins is a fellow at..."


Star Tribune, 9/30/17: U program helps baby boomers find, develop an encore career

Star Tribune, 9/30/17: U program helps baby boomers find, develop an encore career

"It’s among the most persistent questions to dog workers at or near retirement: What comes next? Phyllis Moen wants to help. The University of Minnesota sociology professor believes too few baby boomers interested in an encore career know how to answer that question. At the same time, too few businesses and communities know how to take advantage of their skills and experience. This fall, Moen, author of the 2016 book “Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal and Purpose,' launched a program for those 50 and older to try to bridge that divide."

 


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Minnesota Daily, 9/21/17: University offers new program for baby boomers

"A new University of Minnesota program aims to bring baby boomers back to school.

In its inaugural year, the University’s Advanced Careers program allows ten fellows aged 55 and up to take classes at the University this semester and participate in an internship this spring. Organizers say the program’s focus is to help baby boomers interested in nonprofit work transition to careers."

The program is less focused on teaching participants new skills, but rather on helping fellows use their skills in new ways as volunteers or nonprofit employees, said program organizer Kate Schaefers.


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Minnesota Business, 7/25/17 : A new chapter for boomers

"It’s never too late to change course.

That’s the thinking behind the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative (UMAC), a new program for restless Boomer professionals who aren’t quite ready to hang up their hats for good.

'While Americans are living longer, their work and life course has not changed - first there is education, then a lifetime of full-time work, culminating with retirement,' said Brad Robideau, University of Minnesota national media relations consultant, in a statement."

 


Pioneer Press, 7/24/17: Old school: New UMN program brings baby boomers back to class

Pioneer Press, 7/24/17: Old school: New UMN program brings baby boomers back to class

"Approaching the end of a long career in employment law, 60-year-old Corrie Lapinsky is eager to transition to something more personally meaningful.

'I’ve never really thought of retirement as the previous generation did: Retire and go play,' she said.

For several years, she has kicked around different ideas, from starting a business with a friend to finding a role with a nonprofit. But identifying the next phase of her work life has proved elusive."


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Forbes, 7/17/17: The new college program to launch encore careers

If you’re recently retired or will be soon and want to redeploy your talents for the common good during your second act, I think you may want to consider applying to the new University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative (UMAC). It’s a unique, innovative, yearlong program in Minneapolis that’s designed to help adults 55+ launch encore careers.

Applications are being accepted online through August 15th, 2017 to select the inaugural group of 10 participants (known as fellows). The program kicks off September 5, so if you’re interested, now’s the time to act.