Read Related: Encore Careers, Are You Ready for Your Second Act?As a novice teacher, I had to think through every word, every move, every lecture and lesson. I spent hours of my own time researching curriculum, searching out ways to teach grammar and literature, reading about classroom management techniques and teaching methods. But, like many people carving out encore careers, I also learned that my past enriched my present. I sprinkle reporting stories into my lesson plans and encourage my students to become educated news consumers. My writing background makes me a better writing teacher. And, my students have told me, they think my journalism credentials give me street credibility. According to the MetLife/Civic Ventures survey, having to learn new technology and skills or go back to school is a major issue in pursing encore careers, as is the loss of seniority or status.
As a journalist, I could do my job without hesitation. After decades in a newsroom, the skills and steps needed to produce stories had become second nature to me. As organic as taking a breath.