A Day at CareerCamp – Part 6 – How many people? [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.
CareerCampSCV we usually average between 100 and 150 people. I’ve done much smaller events. The originally, CareerCampLA was about 100 — about 100, actually. We did another one at that same venue that because of — we had already done — we moved CareerCampLA down into the LA Basin — down LA Southwest College so we did just a San Fernando Valley one in that same location where we did the original CareerCamp and we had about 35 people. And I had always seen unconferences that are much larger — 100 people — that’s kind of my magic number. 35 people was amazing — but totally different. It was — one of the first things we could do was with 35 people, I could actually have everyone introduce themselves, which we can’t do at a bigger event. That’s kind of up to them. They have to do it during the meet-and-greet and stuff like that. At that one, everyone got to stand up and got 30 seconds to say who they were and what they do and what they’re looking for and that changed the whole feel of the day. It became very intimate and very close knit and it was quite dramatic to see it in that light.
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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