Encore Transitions

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For many of us, the next decade will bring beginnings and endings in both work and life. As we think about what’s to come, it can be challenging to envision, let alone create, a fulfilling and secure future. What’s more, we’re expected to leap into that future overnight. But retirement isn’t an event, nor is it a one-size-fits-all proposition. It’s a process that takes time, especially as we look toward post-career lives that are likely to last as long as our working lives.

Hosted by LearningLife, Encore Transitions is an annual series of four courses designed to help you prepare for a successful post-career life by focusing on personal, professional, and social satisfaction, as well as timely financial and health matters. Whether it is through a new line of work, service, learning, or other meaningful activities, Encore Transitions emphasizes post-career engagement as a foundation for vitality, happiness, and healthy longevity.

This year’s Encore Transitions course will take place May 4, 11, 18, and June 1, 2018, at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University’s Saint Paul campus. 

Course descriptions will be available and registration will open in late February.

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My thoughts and plans for retirement changed dramatically as a result of this series. It presented me with many, many new options and new way of looking at this stage in my life. I will have better "encore" years because of what I learned.
~ Encore Transitions alumnus

Upcoming Courses

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Pathways to Post-Career Life
May 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Course includes: Encore Transitions (Dr. Kate Schaefers), Seeking Something More: My Transition Story (Corrie Lapinsky), Internal Compass: Identifying Values, Talents, and Priorities (Barbara Hoese, Bill Lindberg), and Embracing Risk and Regret (Kevin Winge).


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Aging Well, Being Well
May 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Course includes: Thrive: The Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions (Amy Gunty), Resilience (Dr. Henry Emmons), The Agile Brain Game (Dennis Curley, Michelle Hutchison, Dr. Jim Robinson, Joshua Will), and Promoting Independence in Housing and Community (Dr. Marilyn Bruin).


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Financial Planning for Retirement
May 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Course includes: Unretirement (Chris Farrell), Making Sense of Social Security, Medicare, and Long-Term Care (Dr. Mark Fischer), Retirement Planning Basics (Andrew Thelander), and Estate Planning: Your Financial Foundation and Estate Planning: Beyond the Basics (Samantha L. Heaton).


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Launching Your Future
June 1, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Course includes: A Purposeful Quest (Barbara Hoese), Vital Involvement: What Does It Look Like for Your Next Act? (Dr. Helen Kivnick), Thread to Fabric: The Art of Following Through (Gerald Allan), and a panel of recent and not-so-recent retirees.


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Design Thinking
July 10, 1−5 p.m.

Separate from the Encore Transitions series, this special course with Virajita Singh is for those who would like to continue applying what they learned during the series and work actively on their Encore plans.


Registration opens in late February. You may take individual courses ($140) or the four-course series ($475). An additional course, Design Thinking ($95), is for those who would like to dig deeper into creating their Encore plans. Tuition includes meals and refreshments. No discounts. All programs subject to change.

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