A Day at CareerCamp Part 1 from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]
A clip from this longer presentation – CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods for Helping People Build the Career They Deserve with Douglas E. Welch
He discusses What is CareerCamp?, how it might be used in your organization and takes you through an example of a Day at CareerCamp.
We usually run from 9 to 4. It’s varied a little bit over the years. I will say, we tried running it on a Friday. Saturday is your day. If you are going to do one of these, Saturday is your day. People are available. They’re not tied up with whatever part time work they might have. It allows people who are underemployed too, which is one of the terms I often use. CareerCamp is for the unemployed, the underemployed and those just looking to better their career and I think it is important to give them an opportunity to come and Saturday is that best day. People feel they can come — they don’t have to stay the whole day, but what I have found is, people will often come into the signup desk and say, “Oh, I can only be here half the day.” You see them at the end of the day. Because they obviously found the value there that over-weighed anything else that they might have been thinking about that day and they stay there.
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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