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Technology tools Used to Organize CareerCamp from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

November 6, 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.

Technology tools Used to Organize CareerCamp from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

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These are some of the tools we use to actually organize. People often ask me, “How often do we meet in person to organize a CareerCamp?” We don’t. We meet almost entirely online, up until the day of the event. We use Google docs for all our collaboration. We have actually had live brainstorming sessions in the same Google Doc, literally with all of us typing at once in the Doc to collect up information. we use WordPress.com for our blogs, which is free. Evenbrite – free for any free event. Twitter, Facebook and social media. They’re all free. Mailchimp is a mailing list, email mailing list system which we use for free up to 10,000 names, something like that. Those are some of your tools you can make the best use of. Want to know more about me? Douglas@CareerCampInternational.org. CarerCampInternational.org. If you visit the web site there are 2 pages on there – Why Should I Organize a CareerCamp? and What is CareerCamp? which sort of encapsulates what I’ve said here today and so you can check all that 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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Why I Organize CareerCamp Unconferences from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video]

October 29, 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 i Organize CareerCamp Unconferences from CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods

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It’s not my desire to be — to become a billionaire from running unconferences. I think that the concept has tons of power and through my career writing that I’ve done, this is an outreach from that. I just want to see them happen. And it sounds again, hippy-dippy, but I want to see change. I want to have an effect on the world and this is one way that I can do it. I do need to find a champion at each of the places to do this, because it is their event. I will come in an give them all the support and teach them how to do it and help them facilitate and tell them what — why this works and why this doesn’t and all this stuff, and help with the technology and all that, but its really up to the person on-site who has to champion it, get some other co-chairs together so that they don’t do all the work and work from the regard.


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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You can hold CareerCamp in an open field, if necessary from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

October 22, 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.

You can hold CareerCamp in an open field, if necessary from CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods

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I do want to reinforce the venue. While we have a near-perfect venue at the University Center at College of the Canyons with electronic classrooms, a nice lobby area, beautiful furniture and a beautiful new buildings, It’s great! It’s not required. It’s certainly not required and I don’t want you to think that’s required. it can happen in the middle of an open field. it really can. It’s the concept of an unconference that’s powerful, not where you hold it. And, you know, sometimes you may have need to start out small. Maybe start out with, you know, somethings that not perfect, but you can build it into something that gains — everything you gain should be important. BarCamps — the one’s I attended — the more general unconferences, got bogged down in this concept that everyone wanted to give a T-shirt away to attendees. Well, that costs money. It started to become an issue. “I don’t need another T-shirt! I just want to go to the conference. Can we just make that…” So, be aware of that. Be wary of those types of things. Don’t add encumbrances that don’t add a value to your unconference. Because that’s really what it’s all about. It’s about what people learn and the people that come.  


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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Empowering people to build their career from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

October 15, 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.

Empowering people to build their career from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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I hadn’t thought of that, honestly, when I decide to these, but as I started to do them — you know, again, there is a term, empowerment, right? It’s beat into the ground. It doesn’t really have — it has a negative connotation these days, really, but that is truly what you see with these events. You have people who are long-term unemployed who don’t feel they have any control in their life and for 1 day they control something. And I have seen people — and this is so important to me and kind of an effect I didn’t know I was going to have. You see people come in beaten down and signing in and they have their coffee and stuff. By the end of the day they’re recharged. They’re ready to go out and and do the good fight again. You’ve given them something back. You’ve given them a little bit of empowerment so that they know “You can do this! Hopefully we’ve given you some hard information you can use.” I often say when I am troubleshooting something as a computer person, I’m not done until I am out of ideas. Well, a lot of people come in out of ideas. They’re out of idea They’re out of energy. If you can give some more ideas and some more energy back to them. They can then go out and make their career better for themselves.


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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Attendees produce the event they desire from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

October 8, 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.

Attendees produce the event they desire from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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You have to tamp down, as an organizer, you have to be able to say, “I’ve set the room. I’ve set up the time. I’ve set up the people. Now, I’ve…”, you’ve just got to step back and say, “That’s it! Ok. Now, it’s yours.” And that is because the success of the event depends on those attending, they step up. They want a good conference. They make a good conference. It seems a “hippy dippy”, mumbo jump kind of explanation, but that’s what I’ve seen. Since the responsibility for producing a great event is on them — to produce the even they want — in particular — they do. And yes, we offer our guidance — we nudge, we cajole, we push a little bit here and there, but otherwise, the day goes one pretty much with us walking around going, ‘Ok, your 45 minutes is up. Please return to the lobby to check out what you want to see next session.”


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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Organizer Concerns from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Vdeo Clip]

October 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.

Organizer Concerns from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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Organizer Concerns, and another picture of Anthony. I stand in the balcony and shoot down at the main floor as people are registering. Organizer Convers. First and foremost, “What do you mean there’s no schedule?!?!?” That’s the first one I get. How do you know? What it nobody wants to present? That was honestly, that was my first concern when I did my first CareerCamp as an organizer. I thought, “God, what if no one puts anything up?” Thet fact is, I had 3 other co-chairs who wrote and presented on career topics and I looked around and said “Well, heck, if just the 4 of us do 2 talks each that’s 8 talks, that’s 8 hours — we’ve already filled the schedule board.” If no one else wants to present, we can give a whole conference ourselves with no trouble at all and tht helped to tamp down the fear of “Ok, what is no one…” and the fact is, it surprises you. No. People do. People have things to share. People have interesting and important information to share with those around them and they will stand up. I…at the end of every CareerCamp, I am walking around with this huge smile, because it’s like “It worked again!”


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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Past Presentations at CareerCamp from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

September 24, 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.

Past Presentations at CareerCamp from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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This is just, kind of, 6 or what is it? 9? 8. 8 random topics that have been presented at previous CareerCamps. The first one, I did, Career Compass: Finding Your Career North. Who are you today? Interview with a new attitude. Social Media and Your Career. That was a discussion. Literally, we just posted it up as a breakout and said “Who wants to come and talk about social media and your career?” I would facilitate or one of the other co-chairs would facilitate and away we’d go. We’d talk for 45 minutes. It was never at a los for people or never or always ran out of time. People really need to know about the topic. It is one my pet things. One of the other things I focus on is new media and social media and it, combining with careers, that’s just happened more and more over the last several years. Social media and careers go hand in hand and need to be discussed in that way. Guerilla LinkedIn. What’s a resume for? One of our co-chairs, Mitch Krayton used to do that one. Very, very popular. What is success and why you might have it already? and much, much, more! At the end of each unconference, I actually make a point collecting all the names and all the topics and putting those on the blog so people can see what was presented and links to the people who presented them, if possible, when available, so that people can get more information.


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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A Day at CareerCamp – Part 7 – Allow Time for Conversation [Video Clip]

September 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.

A Day at CareerCamp - Part 7 - Allow Time for Conversation [Video Clip]

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So at nine o’clock or 9:30 I think we do is actually what 9:30 9:45 whatever the board said there. We fiddle with the times over the years but we start the first session and people look at the board, they decide I’m going to go to room D and listen to a talk on this and way to go and one of things we build in in each session is 45 minutes with a 15 minute break and that 15 minute break I have found very, very important. I’ve been at other unconference where it is smaller. There is so much that happens in that little 15 minutes. it is amazing. First of all, people need a chance come back to the board and see what they want to do for the next session. Then there’s simply logistics of I need to see what’s next. Because you don’t have a printed schedule like we do today, to say “Oh, these four things are going on. I’ll go to that one.” You have already pre-decided. You have to go back to the board and say “What’s in the section?” things may have moved. Things might have been added after someone realized, “Oh, I actually want to do this now, too.” So you needed that time to go back. S0 you always try to have a lobby area, kind of in this case, it’s a big room where we meet for breakfast and lunch and that initial meeting. At the church, it was simply the main part of the church kind of the sunday school building and then we have 3 rooms off of that that we could use for a meeting rooms. The lobby is very important and that 15 minutes is very important, I think, between sessions. it really does facilitate conversation and an interchange.


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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A Day at CareerCamp – Part 6 – How many people? [Video Clip]

September 10, 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.

A Day at CareerCamp - Part 6 - How many people? [Video Clip]

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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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A Day at CareerCamp – Part 5 – Setting the Schedule [Video Clip]

September 3, 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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That’s what the board looks like before the first session ever starts. People are given Post-It Notes and Sharpies and say “Ok, go put your topics on the board that we are going to discuss today,” and they select a room and a time. They write their topic on a Post-It Note and they stick it on the board. Now, this is on a white board. We’ve actually — the first CareerCampLA it was just a white wall – we just put up tape marks and stick the Post-Its and that’s how it works. It doesn’t require a lot of technology at all. But we have our lunch break in their, so people know when that is and then our raffle again at the end, but literally before the day even starts most of the board is already full. Yes? (Audience) So if I follow correctly, the attendees at their tables will determine what the topics for what these breakout sessions are? (Welch) People can do it as a group. People can do it as individuals (Audience) And is there a facilitator at a table to help? (Welch) You don’t see me there. I’m standing next to the board and Anthony is standing next to the board going “What do want to talk about?” I’ve actually convinced people to give presentations. They start talking to me about, “I don’t have anything to present” and then we get talking and its like, “What do you mean? That’s a topic. You gave me the topic you should present on right there. About tax changes that effect freelancers or something in the word world.” Guess what, (ding ding ding) write it down and put it on the board. so, we do have people who help people. If we see — usually that takes the form of if we see complimentary talks on the same topic or something we’l say, “You need to talk to him and see if you can come together and maybe do one together.” That just frees upa slot on the board then. (Audience) So you’re saying that once the board fills up that’s it? Everybody is just first come? (Welch) Pretty much. In the first time we did it, people were a little tentative. Every year since then — because people — we have some returning people and some new people — we actually have to monitor a little bit and say “Oh, people want to do two talks, we’ll say put up one first and then if there’s a an open slot after the first session you can put up the second talk.” and stuff like 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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