I often get asked about the appropriateness of portfolio careers for older people. I usually refer to the research carried out by Middlesex University and quoted in our book which shows that Gen Y’s and the 60+ groups were the most enthusiastic for exploring this career pattern. Many people approaching retirement are simply not ready to give up paid and unpaid work as it can be a source of great meaning in life. They are also prepared to experiment and amazingly to younger people take some risks. Many are setting up their own businesses and when they do these businesses are often more successful and longer lasting than those set up by younger people.
Therefore, I applaud a new practical guide providing clear, step-by-step practical advice and resources to support social entrepreneurship in later life. This has been put together by NESTA and is excellent if you are interested in setting up a social enterprise. It is geared towards older people but would work for anyone of any age. Download it from their website and see what you think.