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.
To have a quality retirement, you need to incorporate the qualities and elements you would miss most from your work life as you enter into your retirement. You need to explore your interests and be ready to discover and experiment with new ways of thinking, behaving and engaging with others, based on your self-exploration. The questions and exercises in this chapter will help to stimulate a dialogue within yourself as well as between you and significant others so that you can extract new understanding about your needs and wants and gain a sense of what you would like to pursue in the future. The goal is for you to have the best possible retirement.
Champion Your Career
We no longer want to “retreat” or “withdraw” into endless days of leisurely activities that yield little meaning or purpose. Many people in their 50’s and 60’s are looking for a kind of “renaissance,” to discover what gives their lives true meaning outside of their work life. Many consider travel abroad for pleasure, educational opportunities, or to better the world by volunteering at the different international agencies that are available. Others will volunteer locally to make a difference in social services with which they feel a kinship, both as a way to contribute and also as a way to stay connected to a larger community—a goal that is vital to anyone who wants to remain healthy throughout their retirement years.
Many men and women plan to keep working—for a variety of reasons—well into their late 60s and 70s. Some retirees will gradually leave the full-time workforce and decrease their hours for an employer. Some will choose to become consultants, working whenever and as much as they wish. Others will seek out educational opportunities to expand their knowledge or take up a new hobby, This chapter will help you retire successfully so that you can have a satisfying life after you leave the nine-to-five work-a-day world.