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.
People change their careers for a variety of reasons. They may not have made a wise choice initially. Or, the career they selected no longer exists. Or, they want to match their changing values and needs to a new set of career possibilities. These are just a few examples.
Although there is no simple solution to finding the right career path for you, there are simple steps you can take utilizing all of your resources to make a good decision. Take advantage of any opportunity to consult with the important people in your life. Often other people can identify skills and qualities that you possess even if you can’t see them in yourself. Discuss your questions and concerns with friends and family and, if you are a student, be sure to schedule a one-to-one appointment with the career advisor on your campus.
Champion Your Career
Now is the time to begin a self-assessment process that will give you more choices, broaden your options, and give you the confidence to know you are on the right career path. A self-assessment will clarify your characteristics, interests, values and skills. It will define your strengths and your weaknesses. Looking for a match between these and the work you are considering is the most important step you can take before you write a résumé or begin the search for a job. In fact, when the time comes to write your résumé and prepare for a job interview, you will find the task easier if you have completed the self-assessment process first!
YOU are the place to start, so ask yourself:
• What do I do well?
• What am I good at?
• What do others tell me?
• What do I enjoy doing?
• What turns me on?
• What energizes me?
Answers to these types of questions and many others will help you identify your strengths and make decisions around the contributions you can make.