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

June 25th, 2015 No comments

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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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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Audio: Be proactive in your career from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

June 24th, 2015 No comments

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

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Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

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You want to be proactive is the other word and a lot of these term kind of have negative connotations. Empowerment. Win-win. Proactive. I still use them, because at their very heart they do have a meaning. Proactive means when you hear someone talking about something at the Starbucks and engaging in a conversation with someone. I’m often very fond of saying, “You don’t know where your next job is coming from. It could just as easily come from the person sitting next to you at the coffee shop as it will from an ad in a newspaper or, nowadays, online.” — you can tell how old I am. I still talk about ads in newspapers — an ad on Monster.com. In fact, I find that the chances of getting a job are actually better in those types of situations, where you have that individual, direct connection with someone. The chances of geting a job are much higher than being one in the slush pile that gets put into Monster or these other online services. And I’ve actually written an article about that. About, looking for things outside these typical venues that you’re sent to.   

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Video: Be proactive in your career from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

June 23rd, 2015 No comments

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

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Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

Be proactive in your career from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

Transcript:

You want to be proactive is the other word and a lot of these term kind of have negative connotations. Empowerment. Win-win. Proactive. I still use them, because at their very heart they do have a meaning. Proactive means when you hear someone talking about something at the Starbucks and engaging in a conversation with someone. I’m often very fond of saying, “You don’t know where your next job is coming from. It could just as easily come from the person sitting next to you at the coffee shop as it will from an ad in a newspaper or, nowadays, online.” — you can tell how old I am. I still talk about ads in newspapers — an ad on Monster.com. In fact, I find that the chances of getting a job are actually better in those types of situations, where you have that individual, direct connection with someone. The chances of geting a job are much higher than being one in the slush pile that gets put into Monster or these other online services. And I’ve actually written an article about that. About, looking for things outside these typical venues that you’re sent to.   

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Audio: Engagement and Mindfulness from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

June 16th, 2015 No comments

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

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Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

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Engagement is sitting at the Starbucks and hearing someone talk about something you’re interested in and leaning over and saying, “Oh really. You’re interested in that, too?” It is talking with your friends and your family about what they think you might do with this time in your life. What they would like to see you accomplish. it’s about looking outside your current realm and engaging in industries and jobs and technologies that perhaps you haven’t looked at before. And, at the very core, it’s about simply being in the moment — in the present — and aware of your surroundings. There is another term you’ll often hear called mindfulness. And mindfulness — you can got to the woo-woo spectrum on mindfulness or you can got to the concrete side. For me, mindfulness is just about knowing where you are in the world. Knowing what is going on around you and not simply letting the world — you’ve all seen the movies where the person, the actor, is standing still and the world is just flying by them and totally unbeknownst to them or whoever they are passing. That’s nto being engaged — not being mindful. It’s simply letting the world swirl by in a cloud instead of picking out those things that can actually benefit and be useful to you.   

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Video: Engagement and Mindfulness from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

June 16th, 2015 No comments

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

OPEN Facebook Page

Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

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Transcript:

Engagement is sitting at the Starbucks and hearing someone talk about something you’re interested in and leaning over and saying, “Oh really. You’re interested in that, too?” It is talking with your friends and your family about what they think you might do with this time in your life. What they would like to see you accomplish. it’s about looking outside your current realm and engaging in industries and jobs and technologies that perhaps you haven’t looked at before. And, at the very core, it’s about simply being in the moment — in the present — and aware of your surroundings. There is another term you’ll often hear called mindfulness. And mindfulness — you can got to the woo-woo spectrum on mindfulness or you can got to the concrete side. For me, mindfulness is just about knowing where you are in the world. Knowing what is going on around you and not simply letting the world — you’ve all seen the movies where the person, the actor, is standing still and the world is just flying by them and totally unbeknownst to them or whoever they are passing. That’s nto being engaged — not being mindful. It’s simply letting the world swirl by in a cloud instead of picking out those things that can actually benefit and be useful to you.   

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Archive: Sometimes you have to pace yourself in your work and career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 12th, 2015 No comments

Pacing Yourself

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

It is bad enough when your employer decides to give you too many projects in too little time, but it is even worse when you overwhelm yourself with projects and work. Sure, we want to accomplish as much as possible, but putting too much on your plate is a recipe for failure. There are only so many hours in the day and something has to give eventually. Like a good athlete, we all need to pace ourselves so that we have the energy to run the long race that is life.I was reminded of the need for pacing over the last few weeks. I knew that life was about to get very busy for me, but I moved ahead with several new projects I found interesting. It seems I am incapable of doing nothing and once I conceive of an idea I want to implement it as soon as I can. In that vein, I leapt into these new projects only to discover then how much work it would require.

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

June 11th, 2015 Comments off

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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Audio: Don’t stay in a crappy job or career from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

June 9th, 2015 Comments off

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

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Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

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There’s a great book I often refer to by Susie either Susie Hogshead or Sally Hogshead, I think it’s Susie. It’s called Radical Careering and it’s a book of kind of pithy, graphic quotes and short little thoughts about your career. And I was flipping through it and there’s one page I came across that said, simply, “It’s not your fault for being ina crappy career. It’s your fault for staying in a crappy career.” And I want you to internalize that fact. Ending up in a job that doesn’t suit you is not, necessarily, due to your own inaction. Being laid of is often not due to any action on your part. I’ve been in that situation. You’re kind of like, “Ok. I did what I was supposed to do, but the company didn’t do what it was supposed to do. So, here I am.” Staying in that situation. Staying in a bad job. Not dealing with your transition. Not dealing with your layoff is where you are actually failing. And I want you to understand that you don’t have to do that. You have the power in your hands to move through this process and come out the other side.   

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Video: Don’t stay in a crappy job or career from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

June 9th, 2015 Comments off

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

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Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

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There’s a great book I often refer to by Susie either Susie Hogshead or Sally Hogshead, I think it’s Susie. It’s called Radical Careering and it’s a book of kind of pithy, graphic quotes and short little thoughts about your career. And I was flipping through it and there’s one page I came across that said, simply, “It’s not your fault for being ina crappy career. It’s your fault for staying in a crappy career.” And I want you to internalize that fact. Ending up in a job that doesn’t suit you is not, necessarily, due to your own inaction. Being laid of is often not due to any action on your part. I’ve been in that situation. You’re kind of like, “Ok. I did what I was supposed to do, but the company didn’t do what it was supposed to do. So, here I am.” Staying in that situation. Staying in a bad job. Not dealing with your transition. Not dealing with your layoff is where you are actually failing. And I want you to understand that you don’t have to do that. You have the power in your hands to move through this process and come out the other side.   

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Archive: Beware the Scammers from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 6th, 2015 Comments off

Beware the scammers

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

Whenever the economy slows, whenever a natural disaster occurs or whenever there is a sense of fear about anything in society, the scammers come out in force. There will always be a contingent of people who take advantage of a bad situation. When jobs are tight and companies are struggling, the career scams start to flow.

Beware the scammers and don’t make a bad situation worse. One of the worst things career scammers can do is take money out of the pockets of people who might already be struggling with a stalled career or a layoff. You need money to feed your family and fund your job search, so scams like this directly effect your standard of living. Be very careful before handing over money without some concrete idea of how a program will effect your job search and career.

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