Go to the U of M home page

Encore Transitions: Pathways to Post-Career Life

Date: 10/22/2011

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $150


This one-Saturday course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Fee includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and online and printed resource materials.

This session is part of a four-session series titled Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life. Other sessions are: Aging Well/Being Well on Sat., Nov. 5; Making the Most of Post-Career Life: Money, Working, Helping on Fri., Nov. 18; and Launching Your Future/Living Your Encore Life on Fri., Dec. 2. You may register for the series at a special price of $500. For full information go to Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life.

Satisfying encore transitions may be marked by life-changing beginnings and endings, but they are bolstered by continuity. In this session, you will trace your journey up to now, consider what's worth keeping and changing for the future, and look ahead to the routes (and detours!) you might encounter as you create pathways to the next stage. Highlights include:

  • The Road to What's Next with travel writer Catherine Watson. Hear about Watson's ongoing journey toward her "encore life," learn about personal narrative as a way to make sense of the past and navigate the surprises and challenges that lie ahead, and start writing your transition memoir on the spot and as it happens.
  • Mind Mapping Our Lives with consultant and coach Donna Bennett. Mind mapping is a form of intentional wandering that helps you see where you've been, where you are now, and where you might want to go. What are the major themes of your life up to now? What do you want to stop, start, and continue? With whom? Where?
  • Exploring Values, Strengths, and Passions with Donna Bennett. By the time we're ready for an encore transition, we may no longer want to do what we've always done or even what we've always been good at. Knowing what's most important to you right now is crucial if you want to start moving forward. By assessing your strengths, identifying your deepest interests and passions, and clarifying your values, you can begin aligning your dreams and priorities with your life circumstances to create options and possibilities for the future.

Instructor Donna Bennett is a licensed psychologist, personal and professional development consultant, educator, and author who has worked for over 25 years for corporate, academic, and nonprofit organizations. She is a frequent presenter on work, career, and family life issues, and is the author of When You Lose Your Job, a book about the emotional aspects of job loss. In 2005, she received the Minnesota Career Development Association's Marty Dockman Merit Award in recognition of the originality, timeliness, and enduring value of her contributions to the field of career development.

Instructor Catherine Watson is a writer and photographer who was travel editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 1978 to 2004 and is now travel editor for MinnPost. A pioneer in personal travel writing, she has published two award-winning collections of her work, Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth and Roads Less Traveled: Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth. In addition to traveling extensively, she teaches memoir writing and lectures locally and nationally.


Join our mailing list and be the first to know about upcoming LearningLife events.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/487

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact  the College of Continuing Education at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu

Buy Tickets

Save to Your Calendar

Google Calendar
Google Apps for the UofM
Yahoo Calendar