SHIFT is committed to providing resources to the community. Whether you are interested in starting your Encore Career, focusing on volunteerism or looking to start a new job. We have assembled resources that will help you explore the many opportunities available.

Focus On: Jobs

The SHIFT Career Site

Welcome to the SHIFT Career Site. Here’s your chance to experience first hand the ability to post, network and locate jobs and entire careers. So come on in, join the community and get ahead.

Members: Search Open Jobs on SHIFT …

Members: Search Open Jobs on MNWorks …

Employers: Post Your Open Positions …

Five Million New Jobs … Who Will Fill Them?

The baby boom generation retires in the same way as current older workers, the baby bust generation that follows will likely be too small to fill many of the projected 5 million potential new jobs.

Nearly half of those jobs would be in the social sector: education, health care, government and nonprofit organizations. Who will fill them? Boomers 55 and older are likely candidates.

View the reports by MetLife …

Read a NY Times piece on Encore Careers …

Focus On: Encore Careers

Social + Security = Encore Careers

We’re on the cusp of a breakthrough that could reduce the nation’s budget deficit, restore individuals personal finances, and unleash a tremendous pool of talent on some of our biggest challenges: education, climate change, health, and poverty.

So says David Bank of, who proposes three new initiatives on his Encore Careers blog.

It’s Not Coal Mining

The current generation of 50 somethings wants to keep working. And for the majority who are doing work requiring more brain than brawn, it won’t hurt. “You’re not mining coal; you can handle it,” says Robert Skladany, an expert in older-workforce issues and vice president of research at retirement

But wanting a job and finding one are two different things. Newsweek magazine offers some tips for finding the job that will take you through the early years of your “retirement.”

Focus On: Volunteerism, Internships, Civic Activism

Making Big Change with Pocket Change

In a time of economic downturn, the success of a burgeoning charitable organization might seem unlikely. But University of Minnesota staff member Eric Schnell is seeking to turn the tide of generosity, one dollar at a time.

The organization mission is to alleviate poverty by raising large numbers of small donations. Its core message suggests donating just 99 cents.

Attract Older Volunteers

Richard Bergeron of Minneapolis, 68, recently completed two years of AmeriCorps service with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and a year of VISTA service with Minneapolis Public Schools.

Aside from the personal satisfaction, he needs a small bump to his retirement income to pay the bills. So he was excited to learn that the new Serve America Act has modified the rules to his advantage.