6 Steps to Finding Your Second Act in Retirement

Whether you need to work or just want to work after you retire, these moves will help you find the right job.

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After a decades-long Wall Street career, Russell Abbott was ready for a change. He had worked as a hedge fund manager and a director in the fixed income department at Credit Suisse, and the long hours and high intensity took a toll. “You start to age out of financial services,” says Abbott, 67. His two children were grown and he was in a financial position to retire, but he wasn’t ready to step out of the working world for good. He just hadn’t figured out what might come next.

“I felt I still had more to give, and I wanted to brainstorm with people I respected and find out where my perceived wisdom would be of value,” Abbott says. After a few years of exploring an alternative career path—first at a start-up that recruits young executives for nonprofit boards, then through a paid fellowship at a local nonprofit—Abbott found the balance he sought and built an entirely new professional network.

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Mary Kane
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Mary Kane is a financial writer and editor who has specialized in covering fringe financial services, such as payday loans and prepaid debit cards. She has written or edited for Reuters, the Washington Post, BillMoyers.com, MSNBC, Scripps Media Center, and more. She also was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, focusing on consumer finance and financial literacy, and a national correspondent for Newhouse Newspapers in Washington, DC. She covered the subprime mortgage crisis for the pathbreaking online site The Washington Independent, and later served as its editor. She is a two-time winner of the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards sponsored by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on journalism and publishing in the digital age. She came to Kiplinger in March 2017.