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

September 24th, 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.

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.

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