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What is an Encore Career?

As we live longer and healthier lives, it’s become the norm to have not just a single career, but several different careers. In the latter half of their working years, many are determined to extend their efforts for work that makes a difference in their communities. This new model, which combines elements of work, service, and social impact, is called an "encore career." Paid or unpaid, encore work focuses your energies where your passion and purpose meet.

For eight decades, the Brown School has been preparing professionals to address the challenges and opportunities facing our neighbors and communities – here in St. Louis and around the world. Join us for programming designed to help you define and pursue your encore career

Make Your Next Move Now

READ The Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher. Click here for a brief video about it. Nicholas Kristof’s A Path Appears is also helpful.


VOLUNTEER as a way to gain exposure and experience with causes you care about. Check out the United Way of Greater St. Louis' Volunteer Center, the LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace or Volunteer Match

EXPLORE, and where you’ll discover nonprofits offering paid staff positions, volunteer jobs and board positions, as well as advice and event listings.

GET INSPIRED by news of others pursuing their encore careers and making a difference on’s Twitter feed.

PREPARE for your future career. With our range of Professional Development trainings and our Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees, we hope you will find the Brown School to be your partner in lifelong learning to create positive social change.


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