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.
Within the past decade or two, people have been talking about “worthy work.” People don’t just want a paycheck anymore; they want more than that. In Zen and the Art of Making a Living, Laurence Boldt writes about three alarm clocks in relation to waking up to our life’s work.
First, there is your internal clock, the desire for creative self-expression. This alarm goes off when you feel stuck, stifled or bored in your current work situation. You have talents and abilities that are not being fully used in your job‥ Maybe they’re even being fully ignored! You go to work because you have to, not because you want to. When the internal alarm goes off, you think, “OK, I have to start moving on and doing something else. What are my passions? I have to find my purpose.”
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The second alarm clock is the external alarm which is a call to service, a call to a more meaningful experience of work. You become aware of what’s happening in the world around you and you think about where you want to devote your attention. It could be the old call of the suffering of others or something else saying, “There’s more out there for me to discover and to learn about.”
The third clock is called the snooze alarm, because it wakes you up to the reality that the workplace is changing.