The Good Life, Work
Many Zoomers are looking at new careers instead of thinking about retirement. But they want work that will satisfy another impulse that becomes stronger in midlife – the desire to give back. Author Julia Moulden has written a how-to manual for this co-hort. She calls her book We Are the New radicals a manifesto for reinventing yourself and saving the world.
“We want to continue to work; many of us believe our greatest contribution is yet to come; and you know, many of us have to continue to work, so there’s gonna be this confluence of events, what I call really “a movement”.
Some examples: a lawyer who leaves the corporate world to run a non-profit or an engineer who turned his attention to inventing a nail that will help wooden structures withstand hurricanes.
“We’re not choosing the numbers that say our parents’ generation did, to be volunteers or to give financiall, although those are both on the rise – that’s why I think we’re doing it for work because its all about work for the boomers.”