Classes help adults start post-retirement careers

'Reimagining Your Life: Creating Your Perfect After-Retirement Chapters' and 'Creating Your Last, Best Career' are both scheduled to start this week

The San Juan College Community Learning Center
Special to The Daily Times
Encore program

Retirement has different meanings to different people. Some retirees want to stop working all together, while others have different ideas.

"We see hundreds of retirees and although many want to take our personal enrichment classes, some want to pursue work well beyond their 60s or 70s and others want to chart new paths in their retirement," said Liesl Dees, who directs the Encore program at San Juan College.

The Encore program offers two classes beginning this week that are designed for career or retirement transitions. Both "Reimagining Your Life: Creating Your Perfect After-Retirement Chapters" and "Creating Your Last, Best Career" are taught by Ann Anthony, a certified life coach.

Ann Anthony

"Retirement can be a threshold of the next chapter," Anthony said. "Many people know retirement is full of potential — in undeveloped talents, unfulfilled dreams or something yet unconsidered."

Thoughtful in-class discussions and self-informing activities will help students chart their own ideas for retirement. "Re-imagining Your Life" begins Thursday and will meet for seven weeks from 1:30 to 3:50 pm.

"Creating Your Last, Best Career" is designed for workers looking for a career transition.

"In the era of our parents, most people had one career, but not today," Anthony said. "Sometimes multiple careers are driven by fluctuating economic needs — either our own or society’s. Sometimes it's related to our realization that we have choices about what kind of difference we can make in the world, how we want to spend our time and energy, and with and for whom, especially in our later years."

Anthony has designed this workshop so that students can explore their options. "Creating Your Last, Best Career" begins Friday and continues for six weeks, meeting from 1 to 3:40 p.m.

"Although these are both new classes, Encore has offered a similar 'Career Transitions' class since 2005, and we've seen dozens of workers from a wide range of professions reinvent themselves," Dees said.

These and all Encore classes are designed for adults 50 and older but are open to anyone 18 and older. For New Mexico residents 65 and older, the class cost is $5.75. For residents under 65, each class is $46.75 and for non-residents, the cost is $146.75.

For more details about Encore classes, including how to register, visit or call San Juan College’s Community Learning Center at 505-566-3214.