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.
We can live from choice and design even in retirement and nurture positive attributes in ourselves as well as others. Look back at your answers and consider how realistic your beliefs are about retirement. How can you change the beliefs that are unrealistic or inaccurate? What contributions are you ready to make in creating a successful retirement?
Champion Your Career
Strengths are used to accomplish something in the outer world, but employing your strengths also gives you inner strength. When you use your strengths you stay engaged in healthy ways which is the key to a happier retirement. In order to have a fulfilling retirement you do need to reflect on your personal strengths. Strengths, when employed, are effortlessly tapped into; they are the skills or qualities that flow from you naturally or effortlessly. Some examples of strengths are creativity, leadership, honesty, fairness, persistence, or perspective.
Write down five strengths that are core to your nature, strengths that you use almost unconsciously. Record how you have used each strength, this fundamental skill, in your work environment. For example, if you wrote that persistence was a strength, you might say that completing all parts of a project on time was an example of your persistence. Now write how you will use that strength in your retirement. For example, you could learn a new language until fluent enough to travel abroad. Or you could work toward a health goal.
Finally, ask yourself, “What is my personal view of retirement?” Will you judge yourself as being incompetent? Disengaged from the “real world?” Devalued by your family or society? Engaged in meaningless activities due to limited finances or physical capabilities? Or will you look at the other side of the spectrum and see that retirement can be a truly exciting time to learn and be involved with activities that really matter to you?