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Welcome to Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life

Fall 2014 Series

For many of us, the next decade will bring beginnings and endings in both work and life. As we think about what might come after our primary careers, it can be challenging to envision, let alone create, a fulfilling and secure future. What’s more, we’re expected to leap into that future overnight. But retirement isn’t an event. It’s a process that takes time, especially as we look toward post-career lives that are likely to last as long as our working lives.

Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life is a pioneering series of four courses designed to help you create pathways and prepare for a successful post-career life by focusing on personal, professional, and social satisfaction, as well as timely financial matters. Whether it be through service, learning, a new line of work, or other personally meaningful activities, all Encore Transitions courses emphasize post-career engagement as a foundation for vitality, happiness, and healthy longevity.

Courses and Schedules
The series includes four daylong courses:

  • Pathways to Post-Career Life
  • Aging Well/Being Well
  • Making the Most of Post-Career Life: Money, Working, Helping
  • Launching Your Future

The courses are held on Fridays: Oct. 31, Nov. 14, and Nov. 21, (9 a.m.–3:15 p.m.), and Dec. 5 (9 a.m.–2 p.m.) at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus.

Download complete series details, including course descriptions and presenter biographies

You are eligible to request financial support from your unit for your participation if:

  1. you are faculty, P&A staff, civil service staff, or bargaining unit staff on the Twin Cities campus, and
  2. have at least a 75% time, benefits-eligible appointment, and
  3. meet one of the following requirements:
  • You are 50-54 years old with 15 or more years of service at the University.
  • You are 55 years old or older with five or more years of service at the University.
  • You have 30 years of service at the University, regardless of age.

Cost and Funding
Tuition for the four-part series is $440. University units have been invited to support their employees’ participation to the fullest extent possible. When discussing funding options with your supervisor, understand that your unit may fully or partially fund your tuition of $440.* You may also register a spouse or partner using personal funds.

University and non-University registrants may also choose single courses for $125 ($75 for Dec. 5 course).

All courses include meals and refreshments. No discounts.

*Departmental funding is considered taxable income, subject to IRS regulations.

Before registering, you will need to arrange with your supervisor to be away from your workplace on course dates in accordance with the work rules, policies, and/or bargaining unit contracts for your employee group and unit.

After you have arranged for funding and time away from your workplace, complete the Encore Transitions UM Employee Registration form, obtain the appropriate signatures, and return the form to the College of Continuing Education.

Non-University registrants may register via the LearningLife website.

Spaces are limited. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

After your registration is processed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation, including a payment receipt. Prior to each course, you will receive additional information, including driving and parking directions for the Continuing Education and Conference Center.

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