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.

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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.

For more information, visit:

 

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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.

For more information, visit:

 

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A Day at CareerCamp Part 4 – Ad Hoc Collaboration from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

August 27, 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 4 - Ad Hoc Collaboration from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

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If you want to give a stand up presentation, that’s fine. If you want to host a breakout session — if you want to just engage in a discussion. One of the best sessions that I ever saw was — people were talking at breakfast and realized that several of them had worked abroad. They’d worked in Europe. They’d worked in Asia, whatever and they realized that “We have a lot to share with people who might be interested. Let’s just hold a breakout session for people who are thinking about working abroad. So you had 3 people who had actually done it and then you had another 10 people at the table who wanted to learn about it. It never would have happened had this group of people not come together for this CareerCamp. Those types of things are so amazing to me when they happen. We’ve also had situations where people were going to present on the same topic and they realized “Let’s do this together, because we both have different perspectives on this particular thing. I’m and HR person. I’m a hiring boss. Here’s how we work together to hire people or whatever.”


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 3 – Morning from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

August 20, 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 3 - Morning from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

 

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We bring people in. They have their breakfast. This was — actually that’s a lunch service, now that I look at it. We have donuts, coffee, bagels, cream cheese, whatever and for the first hald hour or so it’s basically people getting registered, coming in and starting to mingle. Starting to sit down at tables like this and chat. Then we give a short — and I do mean short. I have hammered this into Anthony that our opening session is short — no more than 15 minutes. We use that to basically welcome people, explain the 3 rules, explain how we start they conference. Now, you may notice in the back — see that white board in the back with the blue stripes on it? That’s how the schedule board looks when you arrive at a CareerCamp. It’s empty. We set aside a certain number of rooms and then in this same room that you just saw there, we have — we use tables for breakout sessions. We’ll just say that “That one’s A and that one’s B” or something like that for open breakout sessions. That’s what the board looks like and we have our times scheduled out. We have our room numbers that people can go to in a different wing of this building for the actual presentational things like this. And people re kind of thrown off by that and that is probably the hardest sell to people too. You don’t — “I — don’t — have — a — schedule? what? Er Ah.” “How do you do a conference without a schedule? And we explain to them, “You’re highly encouraged to participate in whatever way you find more comfortable.” 


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 2 – Ticketing from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

August 13, 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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We use  service called Eventbrite (eventbrite.com) — and I have some links at the end that I’ll show you — for tickets. If your event is free Eventbrite tickets are free. You set up a little page on their web site. You can do all sorts of ticketing things — we basically have 1 ticket — I’m an attendee. But you can gather information from the attendees. You can send them automatically, e-tickets — they’re PDF documents that they can either show on their phone and/or print out. We can then read them with our smartphones and say ‘Attended” so we actually know they — not that they just signed up — but that they actually came. It’s a big operation. It’s like a theater operation ticketing system, usable for free if your event is 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.

For more information, visit:

 

A Day at CareerCamp Part 1 from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

August 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.

A Day at CareerCamp Part 1 from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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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.

For more information, visit:

 

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