Beverly Jones’ Suggestions for
Pursuing Volunteer Encore Careers
Quoted in October Issue of U.S. News & World Report
(For Immediate Release, October 1, 2009, Washington DC) “Just because you’re not getting paid doesn’t mean that your time isn’t valuable,” the President of Clearways Consulting, LLC, Beverly Jones cautioned in “A Second Act With Purpose,” the Careers column of the October 2009 issue of U.S. News and World Report, by nationally acclaimed personal finance journalist US News columnist Kerry Hannon.
Hannon’s column explores the options, opportunities and pitfalls faced by baby boomers whose first careers are ending, but who are eager and able to remain active. In it, she turns to Beverly Jones for direction on how retirees should approach volunteer or paid positions with non-profit organizations. “Some retiree volunteers find that they get stuck with the boring, time-consuming jobs because their paid colleagues assume that they don’t have anything better to do. Be clear about how much time you are willing to devote to the cause, and don’t be afraid to negotiate about what you are willing to do.”
Hannon also quotes Beverly on opportunities presented by encore careers for additional education, skills training and building new relationships.
The Careers column focuses on retiree Liliane Kates, who, well past 65, became a certified personal fitness instructor and now works as a trainer for the Arthritis foundation. Hannon also cites Marc Freedman, author of Encore:Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life. Click here to read the entire column.