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

July 2nd, 2015

A clip from this longer presentation – CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods for Helping People Build the Career They Deserve with Douglas E. Welch

CareerCamp Founder, Douglas E. Welch, shares CareerCamp with the attendees of the California Placement Association at their annual 2015 conference in San Luis Obispo.

He discusses What is CareerCamp?, how it might be used in your organization and takes you through an example of a Day at CareerCamp.

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



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

What is CareerCamp and Career Camp International?

CareerCamp is a community organized, career-focused, unconference which calls upon local communities and people to share their knowledge, expertise and other important information on developing yourself and your career.

What is an unconference?

Unconferences are self-organizing conferences, similar to many professional conferences, but instead of hiring well-known, professional speakers, they call on the attendees themselves to provide the content and focus for the event. Every person who attends is highly encouraged to present on some topic deeply important to them or, barring that, to facilitate an open breakout session or round table discussion or even just to engage and converse with their fellow attendees between presentations. A few organizers band together to find a venue for the event, recruit sponsors and invite attendees, but the focus of the unconference is driven solely by the attendees.

Some might question the usefulness of presentations by their peers, but we have found that there is an enormous amount of real-world expertise available in each and every local community. CareerCamp utilizes a format that draws out that expertise and benefits everyone. CareerCamp (and other unconferences) provide a structure and an opportunity to share this expertise in ways that traditional conferences do not. Additionally, CareerCamps also attract career development professionals who can use CareerCamp as a way of introducing themselves to a new audience of potential clients.

How was CareerCamp developed?

The genesis of CareerCamp was found by attending BarCamp unconferences held around the world. CareerCamp founder, Douglas E. Welch, was a long time attendee of BarCamp, which is an event that embraces any topic, although it often leans toward technology. After seeing the success of BarCamp as a way to illuminate and educate within a community, Welch applied the unconference concept to the specific world of Career Development.

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