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Ready for a change? Now's the time to explore your options. Designed for professionals ages 50+ who are seeking career mobility and change, or are transitioning into retirement, Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement helps you determine your next steps through new frameworks, tools, and strategies that will guide you in a meaningful direction and keep you focused on moving forward.

The program begins with Planning for Change in the Third Age, a foundational workshop, partially developed by the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara-recognized experts in adult development, renewal, and leadership training. Students in this workshop will first explore the third age ("third age" is generally considered a pivotal and exciting new stage in life between midlife and "old age") and then learn powerful tools and strategies for navigating transition and change, identify a sense of guiding purpose, learn life skills for sustaining purpose and passion, and leave with a compelling plan for their next chapter.

Once this workshop is complete, participants may select from two courses offered that focus on a specific need: Revitalizing Career or Reinventing Retirement. These courses explore viable options for moving forward with you and your individual needs taking center stage. Can't decide which step to take? Try both.

With more than 77 million baby boomers moving toward a traditional retirement age, the question arises: what comes next? Many working professionals will need to ask themselves the tough questions: Do I want to retire? Do I want to shift careers? Do I want to continue in my current career?

Perhaps you're one of the 8.4 million baby boomers who will move into an "encore" (post-midlife) career, and according to a D. Hart Research Associates survey, many professionals ages 46 to 65 will enter into the non-profit, education, and healthcare sectors. And it's never too late to start a new direction, as nearly 10% of those between ages 44 and 70 are opting to return to the workforce in a different career.

Start moving forward into a future that's both fulfilling and purposeful. You're not alone, so join others just like you-career professionals looking for a new direction-as you all navigate the next steps and create an action plan in Focus Forward.

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