Sharon Osborne is a florist – an amazing florist. She, and her two assistants, arrange grand displays of floral sculptures for hotel lobbies, corporate headquarters, lavish weddings, and wherever a “statement only flowers can make” is requested.
Sharon’s designs and arrangements, which can cost thousands of dollars, require a keen eye and a steady hand to complete. These valuable skills were something Sharon, aged 62, has always had. In her early 50s she decided that it was nearing time to leave her first profession, that as an ophthalmic surgeon, and pursue her passion for floral design. With little more than some community college classes, and innate eye for design, and personal drive; Sharon successfully made the transition from surgeon to an encore career as florist and entrepreneur. Have you thought about pursuing launching an encore career – about a second career in something you are passionate about or in an area that aligns with your values?
The research suggests you would not be alone. In 2011, researcher Penn Schoen Berland conducted a national study of Americans, aged 40 - 77 years old, and found that nine million had already begun an encore career and another 31 million wanted to start one. Rather than playing endless rounds of golf, or visiting one more museum, these men and women are ready to move on to the next phase of their employment life, taking lessons they learned in their first career and applying them in their Career 2.0.