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.
You want to use your dependable strengths as much as possible on the job. Knowing your dependable strengths will actually give you greater employability. It will give you renewed motivation. It’s like finding and growing your best self. The process is really powerful because you tell other people what your good experiences have been and they’re going to feed back to you descriptions and qualities of your strengths and skills and talents. Look for a pattern of experiences that you’ve had throughout your entire life. Of course you have to enjoy them. And of course, you must use it in the future to feel satisfied and happy. That’s really the fundamental principle. The ideal is to really focus on your strengths to the fullest.
Champion Your Career
In the workplace, we are often assigned tasks we don’t like and are not good at. We’ll probably do the task or project with a lack of zeal. But it’s not what we love. If possible, it is really better to give it to someone who enjoys doing it. This is a mistake that a lot of employers make, particularly on teams. They give people tasks they don’t like to do and guess what? They don’t get done very well. Part of the concept of dependable strengths is that if you know what they are you can say, “Well, I can do this.” One of the last pieces of working with dependable strengths is using your strengths in working with others. It’s great when people do a project together and say, “I will do this because I’m really good at it and I love it.” Imagine you have a team and everybody on it is doing what they love to do. I mean, imagine the power of that? It’s just fantastic.