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Archive: Economic downturns makes career planning even more important

May 29th, 2015 No comments

Economic downturns makes career planning even more important

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

To put it mildly, the economic news here in the US has not been very good lately. Business failures, the mortgage crisis and more are driving the economy lower and slower. This is sure to take its toll on business and the employees of these businesses — including you. That said, I hope that all of you have put your finances in order over the last several years as I have written here in Career Opportunities. Good preparation is always the best defense whenever tough times hit.Too often, workers suspend whatever career goals they have during tough times. Those who have a job feel grateful to be employed and those without a job will take nearly anything that comes along. I would caution you against such austere thinking. Career goals are just that, goals. We should continue to strive for our goals even when the economy is slow. I would say that this is the most important time to focus on our goals. This prevents us from making unwise decisions out of a sense of fear or even panic. Decisions made in the fog of panic can be the most damaging of our lives. Don’t allow fear to deter you from your most important goals .

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

May 28th, 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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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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Audio: Manage or be managed from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

May 26th, 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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If you ignore transition, you are basically saying to those around you and the world, “You figure it out! Here.” You’re giving up your power in the process. You’re giving up your control in the process and you’re putting it someone else’s hands. Now, something I write about in my column all the time is, “if you do not manage your career, there are hundreds of people out there that will gladly manage it for you.” Your boss will manage it for you. Your family will manage it for your. Your spouse will manage it for you. Your kids will manage it for you. Everyone loves to mess with your career, if you don’t do it. Ok? And the scary fact is, I see so many people do that every, single day. They give up control over their career. The most common situation is, we enter the job market, “Oh, that job’s available? Ok, I’ll take that job. Oh that job’s available? Ok, I’ll take that job.” and they simply ping-pong (boing boing boing) bounce from job to job. They wake up 20 years into their career and go, “How the heck did I get here? I don’t even like doing this work. Why am I here?”  

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Video: Manage or be managed from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

May 26th, 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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If you ignore transition, you are basically saying to those around you and the world, “You figure it out! Here.” You’re giving up your power in the process. You’re giving up your control in the process and you’re putting it someone else’s hands. Now, something I write about in my column all the time is, “if you do not manage your career, there are hundreds of people out there that will gladly manage it for you.” Your boss will manage it for you. Your family will manage it for your. Your spouse will manage it for you. Your kids will manage it for you. Everyone loves to mess with your career, if you don’t do it. Ok? And the scary fact is, I see so many people do that every, single day. They give up control over their career. The most common situation is, we enter the job market, “Oh, that job’s available? Ok, I’ll take that job. Oh that job’s available? Ok, I’ll take that job.” and they simply ping-pong (boing boing boing) bounce from job to job. They wake up 20 years into their career and go, “How the heck did I get here? I don’t even like doing this work. Why am I here?”  

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Archive: Can you imagine your career future? — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

May 22nd, 2015 No comments

Can you imagine your career future?

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

This week I am asking you to engage in a bit of future-tripping. Looking at the reality of your job today, where do you think it might lead in 5, 10, 15 years? What might your career look like when you reach your 60′s? Using your imagination today could help to insure your destination tomorrow, but it might also make it clear if you are on the right – or wrong – path right now. If your imagined destination doesn’t appeal to you, it’s time to take some corrective action.Frequent readers and listeners to Career Opportunities will be familiar with the next few steps. Take some time, in a quiet place where you can think and try to imagine what your job and career might look like in the future. Take along your journal or notepad to collect your thoughts as you go.

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Audio: Career Embarrassment from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

May 19th, 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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Why do people have such a difficult time talking about their careers? It’s because we tend to be embarrassed and I work so hard in my columns over the years to break through that level of embarrassment and the level of embarrassment isn’t even about being out of a job or in a job. It’s about not having the best job or not having the right job or not having a job as good as my neighbor or…there are so many ways that we kind of internalize this embarrassment and again, that is something I feel very keenly myself. I have kind of that embarrassment thing going on sometimes and I have to actively fight that and say there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. What you are going through is something that everyone goes through. 

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Video: Career Embarrassment from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

May 19th, 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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Why do people have such a difficult time talking about their careers? It’s because we tend to be embarrassed and I work so hard in my columns over the years to break through that level of embarrassment and the level of embarrassment isn’t even about being out of a job or in a job. It’s about not having the best job or not having the right job or not having a job as good as my neighbor or…there are so many ways that we kind of internalize this embarrassment and again, that is something I feel very keenly myself. I have kind of that embarrassment thing going on sometimes and I have to actively fight that and say there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. What you are going through is something that everyone goes through. 

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Archive: Educating Yourself — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

May 15th, 2015 Comments off

Educating Yourself

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

Once I left college with my Bachelor’s degree, I never really looked back at mainstream education. I did ok in college, but I often tell people that I think I learned more from spending every night in the theater than I learned in the classroom. Sure I learned about science, language, history and more, but in the theater I learned about people and, in many cases, the real world. Due to my regular role as a stage manager, I learned about management, personalities, organization, motivating others and hard work. Even within the relatively cocooned environment of college, I was already living in the larger world.

In the intervening years, instead of returning to college to get an advanced degree, as my wife has done, I have developed more and more ways of educating myself. I find that, for me, self-directed education seems the best fit for my sensibilities. One reason for this is that it allows me to explore interesting topics in much more depth than I might ever be able to do otherwise. I have a widely varied set of interests and I can’t imagine any degree program that would allow me to explore every one. One week I might find myself immersed in the history, art and craft of coffee, while in another I am learning everything I can about the WordPress blogging engine. Next week it could be the advertising market or a new plan for educating others. The only way I can deal with my roving eye for education is to manage it myself.

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

May 14th, 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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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.

For more information, visit:

 

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

May 14th, 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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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.

For more information, visit:

 

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