A wide range of people ages 50 to 70 have strong interest and commitment to encores, as revealed in Encore.org’s 2014 research.
- People interested in encores are diverse with different educational levels, socioeconomic backgrounds, interests, skill sets – and vastly varied experience. They share a common goal: They want to use their experience to make an impact.
- Encore interest is steady and persistent. People considering encores say they seek new challenges and want to redefine their identities through social-impact contributions. In general, people planning encores expect to spend 5 to 14 years doing this new work – often, longer than the 6-year median job tenure of the U.S. workforce. Of those already in encores, about a third (34 percent) have worked in their encore roles for at least a decade.
People in encore roles span the gamut of educational attainment:
People interested in encores are motivated by many factors, including making an impact, legacy and accomplishments.