After Fred Wallace was laid off from a high-paying job in 2011, the 56-year-old knew the odds of landing a comparable position were slim.
He polished his LinkedIn profile and networked like crazy. But his yearlong job search yielded only a handful of interviews and no offers.
So he shifted gears, embarking on an “encore” career by working part time at a child and family services organization in San Bernardino.
Wallace is among millions of older Americans launching professional second acts revolving around some form of public service. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, encore careers have caught on among baby boomers, some of whom recoil at the notion of conventional retirement — or aren’t financially prepared.
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