Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, it provides self-assessment tools to enable individuals to explore their personal passions, values, strengths and skills along with sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career.
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At an early age Halimah Bellows became aware of her natural ability to listen to people non-judgmentally as well as her desire to be of service to others. In her life as an educator, a career counselor and a coach, she has been able to marry her fascination with people’s stories with her deep interest in the world of work.
A Pacific Northwest and California-based career/coach for more than 20 years, Halimah Bellows holds an MA in English Language Teaching from the University of Exeter, an MS in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University and received training at The Coaches Training Institute and Retirement Options to become a Certified Retirement and Professional Coach. Author of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work and creator of CAREER QUEST CARDS, she is a seasoned workshop presenter, group facilitator and talk show guest.
In addition to assisting people through career transitions and supporting retirees to “retire with fire”, she also focusses on helping couples and business partnerships build powerful intentional relationships as well as empowering artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals to develop their business and achieve their dreams.
Your dream job will allow you to tap into your unique talents. Your skills and strengths are gifts that come naturally to you. If you are in your ideal career, it will feel like a perfect fit. It will allow you to express yourself fully and you will notice that your work will feel effortless.
Your work will give you energy instead of draining you. If you’re not doing work that’s right for you, you will probably feel drained and tired when you come home. But if you’re doing what you love, you will feel energized by it instead of exhausted by it.
Champion Your Career
First, these dream jobs didn’t happen overnight. Each person went through a process of determining what their values were and set intentions about what kind of work they wanted, where and with whom they wanted to work.
Second, all your ‘ducks’ do not need to be in a row. Most people who are successful got their first jobs with only a general idea of their career goal and some of the skills required to succeed. Then they moved forward. They may have done it little by little because it is a process of research—but mostly discovering and experiencing—what was truly reflective of their true values, gifts and passions. So you don’t have to have everything in place before you make that leap. You can do it slowly. Just remember that not everything needs to be fully known or processed when you’re starting to commit to a career. Each step you take brings you closer to your goal, to what you want. The experience you acquire from doing any work has value. Although the position may not be your dream job, the skills learned still can be helpful later when you do link up with your ideal career.