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Video: Feed both body and mind 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.

Feed both body and mind from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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Transcript:

You can go out into the community and find the support and, of course, with Anthony, part of the — and Worksource, too — I’ve worked with Keri on some stuff, too — part of the role is to go out and serve the community, not just the students at the college, but also serve the community as well and this is a great way of doing that. Because you go out — the companies in your local community get to promote — gently — to your attendees and your attendees get something small in return. I will say about feeding people, it never fails to impress me that one of the first thing I hear out of people’s mouths is, “Oh my gosh. You’ve got breakfast for us? You’ve got coffee for us?” Yes, that is such a small thing, you would think, but it is so nice. Now, there’s an ulterior motive for it, too. If you feed people lunch at the middle of your day, they don’t go off campus. You don’t lose them in the middle of the day, perhaps not to return. So, if you can feed them lunch, it’s a great time. You get an hour for networking in the middle of the day. I always tell people, if you say with someone at breakfast, sit with someone else at lunch and use that whole metaphor and get people mixed up and mingling, but the ulterior motive is if you feed them lunch, they’re not going to scatter to the four winds.


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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