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Video: Organizing a CareerCamp from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

A clip from this longer presentation – CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods for Helping People Build the Career They Deserve with Douglas E. Welch

CareerCamp Founder, Douglas E. Welch, shares CareerCamp with the attendees of the California Placement Association at their annual 2015 conference in San Luis Obispo.

He discusses What is CareerCamp?, how it might be used in your organization and takes you through an example of a Day at CareerCamp.

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Each unconference is arranged by a couple of co-chairs. In the case of CareerCampSCV, we’ve usually had around 4-5 co-chairs. I, over the last several years, have become the kind of Co-Chair Emeritus. I don’t have to do a lot of the hard work on the ground like fundraising and getting donations for the goody bags and stuff like that. We have people who are much better at it than I am and they’ve really stepped up in that way to do that. I provide a lot of technical support, actually. Based back on my IT career. I set up the blog. I do all the ticketing. I do the Twittering and all this stuff and that’s what I bring to my co-chair, along with te idea in general. It’s sponsored — and I think this is very important — unconferences are sponsored by the local community. This is all about your local community coming together and sharing what they know with each other. You can do unconference-type things online to huge audiences, but we have found it so effective to call on our local businesses, our local organizations, our local colleges and our local people and bring out the knowledge that already inherent in that environment. It just needs to be cultivated.

What is CareerCamp and Career Camp International?

CareerCamp is a community organized, career-focused, unconference which calls upon local communities and people to share their knowledge, expertise and other important information on developing yourself and your career.

What is an unconference?

Unconferences are self-organizing conferences, similar to many professional conferences, but instead of hiring well-known, professional speakers, they call on the attendees themselves to provide the content and focus for the event. Every person who attends is highly encouraged to present on some topic deeply important to them or, barring that, to facilitate an open breakout session or round table discussion or even just to engage and converse with their fellow attendees between presentations. A few organizers band together to find a venue for the event, recruit sponsors and invite attendees, but the focus of the unconference is driven solely by the attendees.

Some might question the usefulness of presentations by their peers, but we have found that there is an enormous amount of real-world expertise available in each and every local community. CareerCamp utilizes a format that draws out that expertise and benefits everyone. CareerCamp (and other unconferences) provide a structure and an opportunity to share this expertise in ways that traditional conferences do not. Additionally, CareerCamps also attract career development professionals who can use CareerCamp as a way of introducing themselves to a new audience of potential clients.

How was CareerCamp developed?

The genesis of CareerCamp was found by attending BarCamp unconferences held around the world. CareerCamp founder, Douglas E. Welch, was a long time attendee of BarCamp, which is an event that embraces any topic, although it often leans toward technology. After seeing the success of BarCamp as a way to illuminate and educate within a community, Welch applied the unconference concept to the specific world of Career Development.

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