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.
Now, for the first time in history, most people can expect to be in “retirement” for 15 to 30 years. It is generally accepted that after the stages of growing up (from birth to age 20) and building a career and family (from age 20 to age 60), retirement is now considered a wonderful new stage called “the Bonus Years.” We have this gift of time, combined with our skills and talents, to create the best stage of life for ourselves.
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The greatest mistake, however, is thinking that our retirement years will be happy and perfect without any planning or preparation. It’s magical thinking that will lead to depression, disappointment, and even declining health. This chapter is about how, when you’re approaching your retirement years, you can reinvent yourself and allow or effect a transformation into a fulfilling new life.
People today have more money at retirement than their parents had and they are living longer and healthier lives. As new retirees we have or will have so many choices available to us that were undreamed of by past generations of senior citizens. For the current and future generations of people leaving the full-time workforce, retirement will not carry the same meaning as in previous generations. This is due in part because of the unique factors mentioned above but also because our generation is much more knowledgeable and sophisticated and has more of an awareness and need to contribute.