Thinking of leaving your career job but not ready to retire? Or are you yearning for work that is more meaningful, where you can use your skills and experience for the greater good? University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) is designed for you.

UMAC is a transformative experience that prepares you for the next phase of life – a gap year for grown-ups.

Benefits of UMAC

  • Learning across the generations.Having conversations that matter with the next generation is rewarding and energizing. You will join young adults on campus, and have opportunities to mentor and learn from students.
  • Access to a world class university.With lectures and performances, centers and institutes, research and outreach, the University of Minnesota is a vibrant learning community and a rich resource to explore. Check out the many ways that the U is driving innovation in our state.
  • Growth and renewal. Work and life today are all-encompassing. With UMAC, you can step back, imagine what’s next, test out new possibilities, and gain clarity on the work and life you want. UMAC offers guidance, structure and new experiences to help you move forward in ways that reflect your priorities at this life stage.
  • Social impact.You want to make a difference in the world, but where do you start? With UMAC, you will learn about social issues (e.g. climate change, poverty, global health) and then apply your skills in new ways in a nonprofit organization, gaining practical experience while expanding your connections in the social sector. Here is one fellow’s story.
  • New ways of working.From side hustles to portfolio careers, phased retirement to the gig economy, the career landscape is shifting. People want (and often need) to work, but they don’t want to work the same way. UMAC will help you navigate the new realities of work in the 21st century.
  • Supportive community of learners.Finding an encore is often a do-it-yourself endeavor. With UMAC, you join a community of peers offering insights and support as you step out of your comfort zone. You will build a valuable network of connections in new sectors and communities.

For those at pivot points in their careers and lives, colleges and universities can be ideal settings to explore possibilities and experiment with options. Undergraduate students turn to campus to figure out their futures. Why not return to campus as you explore your encore?

UMAC is accepting applications now for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Apply now or nominate someone for UMAC!