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.
Creating a life of your own design, based on your known passion and sense of purpose, takes boldness, but the rewards of greater self-pride and just plain delight are worth it! Many of us have lost sight of our dreams, ideals, talents and passions in order to stay in survival mode, to support a family, or to live up to others’ expectations. This path has led us to feel restless and unsatisfied, even though perhaps all our material needs are taken care of.
You can expect life to get a little bit crazy as you explore and play with new beliefs, concepts and connections to form your new life based on your own values, passions and personal definition of your life’s purpose. It will take courage and determination to answer the questions honestly in this chapter. So, as you take this journey of self-exploration, now and throughout your life, it will be easier with a circle of supportive friends as you let go of what no longer serves you. Few people have uncovered their passion and purpose by themselves. As you follow your intuition or inner guidance, you will be able to engage more fully in your own life from a place of true strength, and at the same time support others as they strive to do the same.
Champion Your Career
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. Globalization, mergers and the electronic revolution have made work less labor-intensive, where fewer blue-collar workers are needed. Mass retail stores are putting some of the smaller stores out of business. You may think your job is secure but you never know for sure if you will be with a certain company or industry for any length of time due to the current economic situation.
If you do not pay attention to this internal alarm clock going off, if you ignore it, it may affect not only your work relationship but also your physical health or your spiritual/emotional well-being.