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For second careers, boomers choose non-profits

After 27 years as a high-powered wealth management consultant, Kathryn Calcagno, 50, decided she wanted to try something new. Her search for a new career led her to a position at a non-profit organization that promotes awareness for Parkinson's disease, according to The Oregonian.

Calcagno took on the role of executive development director for the Brian Grant Foundation. Her new job is much less stressful than her old one and she feels that she is finally giving something back to the community. While it's a change of pace, she knows that she made the right choice.

"Working for Brian has been worth it. I can tell you I am completely happy and can't believe I got this lucky," Calcagno told the publication

As boomers look toward the future of their careers, they don't see retirement as a time to stop working. Instead, they see it as the chance to begin something new, and more often than not, try something completely different.

This may be in part due to their continued idealism about the future. Baby boomers are creating a whole new way to retire, and that often means not retiring at all.

"It involves the creation of a new life stage," nonprofit organizer Marc Freedman explained to The Oregonian. "What's happening now is that this group is living out a vision for this period that is beautiful." 

Working for non-profit organizations also broadens your horizons, because it can place you in a completely unfamiliar work environment. Experts suggest that boomers should prepare for the shift by considering they may lose the authority they have grown accustomed to in their former position. Likewise, if you were once a solitary, freelance worker or belonged to a small business and are transferring to a large organization, you may be entering a radically different workplace dynamic.

While many boomers are looking to stay in the workforce during their retirement, that doesn't mean that they want to forgo the relaxation and leisure time associated with the phase, either. Instead, they are seeking a way to balance their responsibilities so they can do it all. 

Consequently, a number of retirees choose to move to retirement communities that are designed with the working homeowner in mind. Whether you're in a full-time corporate career or a part-time volunteer, Del Webb communities offer social halls, fitness facilities and business centers that are open later, making it easier to schedule around your workday.  

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