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.
Finding your dependable strengths is a very powerful process.
The first step you have to take is to identify your life’s good experiences, because your dependable strengths will emerge through these experiences.
Champion Your Career
So how do you define a good experience? Ask yourself what you have done well, what have you enjoyed doing, and what were you proud of? These are the essential ingredients in a good experience. You did it well, you enjoyed it, and you were proud of it. Go back to your childhood and think of a good experience you had before the age of 10. It is surprising how our talents and strengths start appearing at an early age and they carry through with us the rest of our lives.
For example, I remember being in a school play when I was about eight years old. It was Cinderella and I was the prince’s mother. Okay, here I was on stage and all dressed up and I had to get out in front of an audience. I still remember my lines. It was my first experience of being on stage. I said, “I love this, I love being in front of people.” Even though my life’s work was not to be in acting, I still love being in front of people.
So you look at a good experience you had before the age of 10 and then you can take it further. You come back to the present and you think, “What’s a good experience I have had in the last three to five years?” It could be work-related but it doesn’t have to be. What you need to do is come up with at least five good experiences because from there you’re going to pull out what your strengths are. It’s just amazing how powerful this is.