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.
This book is designed to help you understand that you have the power to be your own champion. You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world. You can do this for yourself. Do not allow other people to tell you, “Don’t do this” or “You shouldn’t do that” or “This is not good enough.” Instead, you can say, “I know what works for me. I can make my own life and I can champion my career. I can make it happen for myself. I can be successful at whatever vocation I choose.”
Champion Your Career
As you move through this process you will see that when you show up to work, you get to decide how your situation is going to be. There are no victims in the career development ladder unless you choose to be one. The inner voice that says, “I have to get a job,” gradually shifts to be more about, “I want to do something that feels good to me, something that serves me. I want to be in an environment that’s nurturing and productive.”
Career Development Theory
The theory of career development has not changed over the many years I have been doing this work. To answer the question “What career is right for you?” there are three important answers to seek out:
1. What are your interests? What do you love to do?
2. What are your values—professional as well as personal?
3. What are your skills and talents?
All of the career tests, assessments and services are designed to determine this fundamental information.
Defining Your Interests
One way to develop a strategy for finding work that meets your fundamental goals is to take a very close look at where your interests lie. To help define them, you can try this assessment developed by Richard Bowles, the author of the popular What Color Is Your Parachute? It’s based on the Holland Code, which was created by John Holland and is the basis for such governmental resources as the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
The Holland Code describes a process by which all people and all jobs can be divided into six distinct categories. The model is drawn as a hexagon with the categories placed in a specific order. Beginning with the top and continuing in a clockwise pattern, the six categories are:
1. Realistic: Athletes and mechanical people who prefer to work with objects, plants or animals, or like to be outdoors.
2. Investigative: Scientists, people who like to observe, analyze and solve problems.
3. Artistic: Artists and musicians, innovative, creative and those who like unstructured environments.
4. Social: People who work with people; teachers, guides, counselors. They care and they are very good with words.
6. Conventional: People who like to work with data in a systematic way. They are numerical, have clerical ability, and pay attention to detail.
HOLLAND CODE MODEL
This exercise allows us to understand our work preferences based on the six categories. The exercise begins as you imagine that you are at a party where people from these six categories are grouped together around the room. Notice which group you are drawn to join first. Imagine spending time with these people and see how that feels. Now see which group you would be drawn to next and imagine spending time with them. Repeat one more time so that you have chosen the three groups you were most attracted to.