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Encore Transitions: Pathways to Post-Career Life

Date: 10/19/2012

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $150


This daylong course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Satisfying encore transitions may be marked by life-changing beginnings and endings, but they are bolstered by continuity. In Pathways to Post-Career Life, you will trace your journey, consider what's worth keeping and/orchanging for the future, and look to the routes (and detours!) you might encounter as you create pathways to the next stage of life.

Highlights include:

  • The Road to What's Next: Hear about writer Catherine 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: 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: 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 important is crucial if you want to move forward. By assessing your strengths, identifying your interests, and clarifying your values, you can align your dreams and priorities with your life circumstances to create a satisfying future.

This session is part of a four-session series. All sessions include refreshments, lunch, and resources. Take all four sessions ($500) or single sessions ($150). To learn more, visit Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life.

Donna Bennett is a licensed psychologist, personal and professional development consultant, educator, and author who has worked for corporate, academic, and nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. She is a frequent presenter on work, career, and family life issues, and is the author of When You Lose Your Job (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2002). 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.

Catherine Watson is a writer and photographer who was travel editor at the 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 (Syren Book Company, 2007) and Roads Less Traveled: Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (Syren Book Company, 2005). In addition to traveling extensively, she teaches memoir writing and lectures locally and nationally.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • 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/8uf

Disability Options:

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

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