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.
Any kind of change takes courage. People want to stay where they are comfortable. However, in order for you to be truly satisfied throughout your work life, your career needs to change and grow with you.
Your Holland Code—the three job categories you are most attracted to—may change throughout your life. In fact, they most likely will change. Statistics show that people change careers up to three times throughout their lives—and some people pursue as many as seven careers. We are different people at age 20 than we are at age 30, 40, 50 or 60. We look at life differently and our values change too.
That is why identifying your values is such a key part of career development. This process involves asking and answering questions of yourself about what is important to you, and observing what you feel passionately attracted to (as well as what you feel passionately repelled by).
Champion Your Career
10 Reasons for Pursuing Your Ideal Career
I have a short list of the top 10 reasons why you need to work at having your dream job. These reasons will be reaffirmed throughout this book as you read on.
Reason #1: If you are doing what you love to do, it allows you to be your true self all of the time. Think about it. It really takes a tremendous amount of energy on a daily basis to not be authentic at work. Sometimes we feel we have to take on a sort of “false persona” to fulfill the job requirements. Your ideal job will enable you to be who you are and not waste any energy.
Reason #2: Your dream job fits into your life by integrating perfectly into your lifestyle. Your ideal career will feel like a natural part of who you are and it will not necessarily interfere with other aspects of your life. Of course, some days may be more stressful and chaotic than others, but basically you can still find the balance to have a fulfilling life.
Reason #3: Your ideal career reflects and incorporates your values. Your values reflect what is truly important to you and your dream career will align with the values that resonate with you. For example, if you are concerned about the environment, your dream job is not going to ask you to be involved with toxic waste dumping. It is as simple as that: Living your values. You are going to love your work and it is going to give you what you want in order to feel alive and productive.
Reason #4: 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.
Reason #5: 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. You’ll look forward to it. You will embrace it every day. And if you receive energy from your work, this will energize other areas of your life as well.
Reason #6: Your dream career will enable you to align yourself with your passions and to do what you love. This is a core component of the right livelihood. When you’re passionate about what you do, your purpose is fulfilled and you will feel very satisfied and comfortable. Then you become a more generous, caring human being.
Reason #7: Your dream job helps you to make a difference in something you believe in. Generally, when you do what you love, you believe in it. You want to do more of it. You feel you are making a difference and you feel happy about doing this work. Sometimes you’ll think about your work and it will bring about change in your life or help to clarify something else that’s important to you.
Reason #8: Of course your ideal career is enjoyable and it does not seem like work. Very frequently, if you love what you do, you’re going to wake up in the morning and say, “Do I really get paid for doing this?” Your dream job can feel more like a hobby than a job!
Reason #9: A dream job follows your wants instead of your “shoulds.” You’re listening to your intuition and to your heart instead of solely to your rational mind. When you listen to what your intuition says, then you will find that the rest of your life will start to rearrange itself so that you can truly be who you are and enjoy a truly meaningful life.
Reason #10: Your dream job fulfills you. It gives a sense of completion. You will have a positive impact on others and your community because you are serving your own life’s purpose.
Here’s an exercise to help you consider your most compelling dreams. Close your eyes and try to imagine the ideal workday for yourself. Don’t be concerned with the realities—just let your imagination go