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Video: Donations from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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.

Donations from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

 

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We have gift bags that people receive when they come in. We’ve had authors give their books away. We have local businesses give away car washes and dry cleaning. How many people, when their unemployed and they’re going out on interview after interview after interview. What do they need? They need their suite — they need their clothes to look nice. A little coupon for free dry cleaning can go a long way for some people. We have food coupons that we give away. We’ve actually — in the first years of CareerCampSCV, local restaurants would actually either donate food — because we do like to try — it’s not required — but I like to try and feed people breakfast. I like to try and feed people lunch and I’ll give you some reasons for that, but, in this case, we actually had restaurants who would either donate those meals or would give us an extremely good price. A Jersey Mike’s chain, the local Jersey Mike’s, gave us an excellent price. Basically a wholesale price on feeding 100 and some people at, I think, the first and the second conference at CareerCampSCV.


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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Video: Why CareerCamp #2 – Low Cost to Organize from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 9, 2015 Leave a comment

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.

Why CareerCamp #2 - Low Cost to Organize from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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Organizing costs are also very low, in most cases. Anthony said — well, I will say, we never asked the college for money. The thing that I went to Anthony for — the thing that we went to the College of the Canyons for and the reason this is Anthony’s project and not my project is, because he works at the college, we get the use of the facilities for free. That will be your biggest issue, getting a venue. Getting a place to hold this. And again, it doesn’t have to be the perfect place, but you do need a place to get together with your people to hold a CareerCamp and by partnering with a community college we were able to do that. The first CareerCampLA was actually held at a Congregational Church in Northridge and it worked great. It worked fine. We have a nice room and it sort of cemented some of my ideas of how you organize one of these events. Again, totally free.


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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Video: Why CareerCamp #1 – Low/No Cost to Attend from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 2, 2015 Leave a comment

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.

Why CareerCamp #1 - Low/No Cost to Attend from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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The thing that CareerCamp brings is its low cost, first and foremost. I have always made it a point that it should be free to attendees. If someone is unemployed. If someone is long-term unemployed money is an issue, even 5 bucks is an issue and I always felt that as someone who has been unemployed at times in my career, I understand that. No conversely, there are people who say, “Well, if you don’t charge anything, how do people know its worth anything?” And I prefer to always error on the side of, if I can get them in the door the first time, they’ll be convinced and they’ll bring a friend and that’s what has happened over the years. We have that first person that comes in and they suddenly bring more people and more people hear about it and it does help to build the audience that comes year after year.


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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Video: Building the Career That You Deserve from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

June 25, 2015 Leave a comment

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.

Building the Career That You Deserve from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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CareerCamp focuses on a day of learning, of expanding, we have resume reviews — hosted again by one of the attendees. We have one gentleman — one of our co-chairs — who is just really good at it and he would do a whole breakout session on just reviewing your resume, plus he had some great talks about it. But it’s really about building the career you deserve and that;s a sub-title that I’ve given CareerCamp and it’s s subtitle I’ve used in my career column since it began. Helping to Build the Career You Deserve. Because I believe that everyone deserves a great career. You’re not entitled to it. This isn’t something “I get it because…” No! You have to work at it, but we all deserve it. To me, it’s one of those inalienable rights that falls under “The Pursuit of Happiness” clause in the Declaration of Independence. We all do deserve it. So, I take CareerCamp as a way of developing that.


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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Video: CareerCamp is not job fair from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

June 11, 2015 Leave a comment

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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I always saw, as the main heart of CareerCamp, is that we focus on career-development. The reason career, the word career, is in there. This isn’t about getting a job today. How many people do job fairs right now, at their organizations? Very popular. You see them, they are ubiquitous. You see them basically as one method of that we use on and on. Anthony does a job fair at College of the Canyons. What we have found is that CareerCamp is and excellent balance to what, unfortunately, I see sometimes as kind of meat market approach of a job fair. I hear so many people complain about it. You know, “I went there and all they were doing was taking my resume and moving me down the line.” Or worse yet, “All they were doing was handing out cards that says ‘Go to our web site and fill out your resume online.'” That frustrates the living daylights out of people and I can tell you that, if you haven’t heard that, which I’m probably sure you have, I hear it from nearly everyone who comes to a CareerCamp. They hate that aspect of it. 


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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Video: The Rule of 2 Feet and Presenters from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

June 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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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Now, I try to tell people, if you’re doing a presentation understand that that’s part of the game and we do this in our opening session. We sort of explain these rules. We say, “If you’re presenting something, don’t be upset if someone walks out of your room. They’re just going — they’re using the “Rule of 2 Feet” to go and find something that matter — is more important — that has more information — that is more on-taget for what they want and need.” And, in some cases, what I tell them too, is, the fact is, they want to see 2 sessions that are at the same time and so their going to get half of your and they’re going to go get half of theirs, because they want to hear a little bit of both. So, you have to be fully prepared for that, if you’re going to present at a CareerCamp or at any unconference, actually.


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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Video: No Hard Sell/The Rule of 2 Feet from from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

May 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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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No hard sell. This can be a hard rule to enforce sometimes. Basically I have found that people are pretty good about it if you tell them right up front. This isn’t about selling, it’s about sharing the information that you know. So, we can have authors come in. We can have consultants come in and everything, but I always say to them. “Feel free to mention your web site at the end of your talk.” That’s not what I’m talking about. What I don’t want it to be is a sales presentation. I really want you to share real useful, hard information with the people who are here. And that goes into our third rule – the Rule of Two Feet. Now, this always sounds funny. The Rule of Two Feet is this — if you are in a session — if you are in a breakout session, if you are listening to a presentation — if you are in a room with a speaker — and you’re not getting any value out of it, you are freely encouraged — in fact, highly encouraged — to use your own “two feet” and go and find another session that is useful to you, that is important to you, that teaches you something and that is one way we fight the hard sell, too. Because hard sell people will see, en masse, audiences get up and walk out.


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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Video: …but I do invite my friends.. from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

May 14, 2015 Leave a comment

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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Now, I’ll tell you, I do invite my friends and other contacts I have, if I think they have something very important to say. It’s a variety of people I know over the years. I actually worked for 5 years at Walt Disney Imagineering and met a lot of great people there and there is some people I actually bring in and say, “Can you come and just do your creativity path patterns for CareerCamp. But she doesn’t come as a keynoter. She comes as an attendee, just like everybody else. She sits with everybody else. She talks with everybody else and then she does a presentation and that’s the way that I prefer it to be.


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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Video: Rule 1: Everyone an A-Lister from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

May 7, 2015 Leave a comment

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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Three Rules. And again, these aren’t necessarily hard-and-fast rules, but these are the 3 rules that we have come up with. First and most important to me is “No A-listers or, conversely, everybody’s an A-Lister. Unconferences, by their very nature, do not have keynotes. They don’t have planned, announced speakers. They don’t have the “big guy” coming in to talk about what’s important in the world. Everyone who attends a CareerCamp is an A-lister. Everyone potentially has something to share with those around us. I’m very fond of saying, that an expert is anyone with one more great idea or one more experience than someone else, because, if they have that, someone else wants — and in fact needs — to hear that. So we try to treat everybody as an A-lister.


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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Video: How I First Learned About Unconferences from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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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I was actually introduced to unconferences through a series of unconferences called BarCamps. And these are much more free-wheeling. Usually organized around technical issues, but I’ve seen presentations on the History of the Pixel in Art. I’ve seen a scotch tasting — actually participated in a scotch tasting. I have seen makers show off robots they’ve built and a whole variety of other things. So, there’s a variety of methods that you can use from BarCamp and I saw BarCamp work. That was the most important thing for me. I went to about 5 or 5 BarCamps in the LA Area — they’re held all over the world — and I saw how it works. Because, the first time you do it, you can be really skeptical. How can this possibly work come together? Now, maybe it’s my theater background, there’s a thing in theater when, about 3 weeks before the show is ready to open, it just falls apart completely and everyone’s walking around going, “This show can never go up, because it just isn’t going to work.” And then, it all comes together. Unconferences have much the same feel about them. You’re like, “There’s no way this can work.” And yet, when you put the success of a conference in the hands of the people coming, it works. We;ve really found out — over the 10 that we have done and the 6 or 7 iI have been involved with in other ways — It’s quite amazing how well it comes together.


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.

For more information, visit:

 

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