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January 21st, 2018 Comments off
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Tell Your Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap to play the latest episode of Career Opportunities

January 21st, 2017 Comments off

Do you have an Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap? Now you can listen to the latest episodes and clips of Career Opportunities just by asking.

Simply say “Alexa, play the podcast Career Opportunities” Alexa will confirm she heard you correctly and — if she found the right show — she’ll begin playing the most recent episode using the TuneIn Radio service.

You can skip to the next episode by saying “Alexa, next” or “Alexa, play the previous episode.


Want to get your own Amazon Alexa Device?

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2015 – A Year of Teaching with Douglas E. Welch

January 19th, 2015 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch

As we start 2015, I have selected a theme for the year. Over the past several years themes have included: Year of Visibility, Year of Leadership, and Year of Opportunity. This year I have decided to focus on something truly dear to my life and career — Year of Teaching.

A Year (and more) of Teaching

Education — in all forms — has always been a part of everything I do. Whether working in IT, consulting, writing. speaking or coaching, it all comes down to learning and education. Education was always been there whether I was speaking about careers, technology, new media, gardening or any of my other many and varied interests. I’ve always been passionate about sharing my experience with those around me to help them build the career (and life) they deserve.

As part of this Year of Teaching I want to focus on several areas where I think I can have the most impact. Perhaps you can help me in the coming year. I would greatly appreciate your advice, opportunities and your connections to others who might be able to use my skills.

I am looking to formalize my teaching in a number of ways. I am interested in connecting with organizations and students, of all types that could benefit from my experience, skills and, above all, my teaching abilities. Here are a few of the possibilities I foresee:

  • Classroom teaching using existing curriculum or creating curriculum designed specifically for your students
  • Seminar and Guest Speaking – both on-site and remotely
  • Webinars/Online Courses
  • Instructor positions at organizations, colleges and vocational schools

Over the years I have applied my teaching skills to Career Development, Gardening, Technology, New Media and more. You can find many examples of my writing, and both audio and video presentations on my web site at I believe that each of these interests plays off the other and expands my ability to reach a diverse audience of students.

CareerCamp International

CareerCamp International will also continue to be an on-going part of my teaching efforts this year. I’ll be working to spread the word about CareerCamp and help develop as many additional CareerCamps as possible. I believe that CareerCamp provides a great opportunity for people to share their knowledge and experience — teaching important concepts and lessons to those around them. I’d love to bring CareerCamp to your college, school, business or organization. You only need to ask.

A Year of Teaching Begins

2015 is providing a good start for this Year of Teaching. I currently have 4 speaking/teaching engagements scheduled and I am in discussion for several more:

  • New Media and a Career in Voiceover – Pursuing a Career in Voice Overs (Online) course at UCLA Extension Class – January 2015
  • CareerCamp: New Methods for Building the Career You Deserve – 2015 California Placement Association Conference – February 25-27, 2015
  • Transition as the New Normal – Ventura County OPEN Group – February 27, 2015
  • Smartphones, Technology and Your Career – GLAPros – March 12, 2015
  • Career Tools and Techniques for the 21st Century – Career Development Theories and Techniques Class – Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology – March 2015
  • CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2015 – July 2015
I’m looking forward to a great year of teaching — of all sorts — in 2015 and I am wishing you the best year, too!


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A Call for Your Advice — Contemplating a Patreon fundraiser

July 31st, 2014 Comments off

I need your advice and help?

I have always wondered if advertising was the right model for supporting podcasting and other new media projects, but I hadn’t really seen any other viable alternatives. So I haven’t had advertising on Career Opportunities for a variety of reasons. Recently a system called Patreon appeared and I have been watching how other new media producers have begun using it to fund their shows and reduce their dependency on advertising. I will explain Patreon — and the work required to produce Career Opportunities — and then ask you as always for your advice and guidance.

Career Opportunities Logo Patreon logo

Patreon is similar to crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter, but instead of a one time pledge of support to develop a physical product, Patreon focuses on on-going, monthly pledges to support the development of continuous content. It also allows for fundraising milestones to unlock expansion of content to new shows, services and areas as funding increases.

I have recently been contemplating starting a Patreon page for Career Opportunities to help support its on-going production and also open up my time and energy to new services and content.

A bit of backstory

In 1997, I was asked to write Career Opportunities as a weekly column for the print publication, ComputorEdge in San Diego, California. I was paid weekly for each column and at the time the magazine closed in 2007, I was receiving $125/column (between $500-$625 per month). After the publication folded, I continued writing and podcasting Career Opportunities, subsidizing the time and money needed to create it from my ‘day’ job. I produced about 2/3 of the usual number of columns, but I could not justify dedicating the same amount of time to the writing and production of the show.

Fast forward to 2014. I have left my computer consulting work to forge a new career focusing on new media — including podcast training, consulting and promotion. As you might image, it takes a long time to build a new career. I continue to produce the show, as I believe, from reading the letters I receive, that it has helped many people over the years and I want to continue helping. I need more time to continue this work, though, and this is why I am turning to you — the faithful and long term listeners of Career Opportunities — for first, advice and then perhaps, support.
Please feel free to post comments here on this blog post or, if you prefer, email me directly at

Thank you so much for your advice!

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Questions on how to fund the on-going and expanded production of the Career Opportunities Podcast using Patreon or similar systems.

(Don’t feel limited to my possible responses here. Feel free and encouraged to think as widely (and wildly) as you like. Sometimes the best ideas are crazy ideas — Douglas)

  • Would you be open to becoming a patron of Career Opportunities on a monthly basis?
  • What level would you consider appropriate?
    • $1/month
    • $2/month
    • $8/month
    • $12/month
    • $16/month
    • Other
  • What new projects would you like to see as milestones for this fundraiser?
    • Dedicated Career Opportunities Forum/Discussion Group/Networking Site
    • Weekly video Q&A chat live stream
    • Expanded interview series with a variety of careerists
    • Online Speaker Series with career speakers of all types
    • Others (I am open to almost anything that would make Career-Op better)
  • At what overall monthly earning levels should these milestones be unlocked?
    • $500/month
    • $1000/monthly
    • Higher?
  • What rewards would you consider fun/useful for your patronage?
    • Exclusive content only for patrons
      • Career Opportunities would remain free for everyone. This would be additional content
    • Books
    • One-to-One Career Consulting
    • Coffee Mugs
    • Early access to columns and podcasts
    • Personalized career presentation to your group or business on-site (if local) or via video conferencing.
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Speaking: Douglas E. Welch speaks on “Transition as the New Normal” at Tuesdays with Transitioners, Noon, July 15, 2014

July 7th, 2014 Comments off

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I’ll be back at Tuesdays with Transitioners in Northridge, California as one of their final speakers on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Noon.

The topic of this talk is “Transition as the New Normal.”

Transition is the New Normal

While we all might like to think that transition is a short term process, it is not a fleeting process we fall into and out of. Rather, life is truly nothing but one long transition — a state of constant flux. We might have dreams and desires for stability, but in a world that is constantly changing, stability is only an illusion and a temporary one at that.

Transition is the New Normal. It is a constant part of our lives and careers and if we understand that, we can use it to our advantage.

When you first realize that you are always in transition, it can seem a bit frightening. It can feel like you are the mercy of the time and tides, being buffeted about without any ability to control what is happening around you. You do have some control, but it requires that you pay deep attention to your life, your thoughts, and your actions. Yes, if you let the world push you around, it will gladly (and easily) do so. If you, instead, take your life directly into your own hands, you can ride the waves of change and transition in ways that best benefit you.

You can find more information and RSVP on the Tuesdays with Transitioners Meetup page

Jobs Available – Listings of all types at – Search by keyword and location

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

Looking for a job? There are a host of job listings available on every day.

Enter the keywords you are searching for and your location to get fresh and focused listings.

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – May 18, 2014

May 18th, 2014 Comments off

Jobs offered

CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2013 - 88

Job Openings from Tuesdays with Transitioners 

Jennifer Oliver O’Connell, organizer of Tuesdays with Transitioners posted these job listings recently. Join Tuesdays with Transitioners Meetup group to receive these job listings directly via and email.

  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Customer Service Coordinator (Burbank)
  • Accounting Technician, Joni and Friends
  • Senior Mobile Developer, Experian
  • Network Support Technician, Physical Optics Corporation
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Read Career Opportunities via Flipboard

May 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Are you a Flipboard user/ Do you prefer reading content there?

You can read Career Opportunities via Flipboard using the link and widget below.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

Read Career Opportunities via Flipboard

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Registration is now open for CareerCampSCV 2014 – July 12, 2014

May 14th, 2014 Comments off


Our 5th CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) is happening on July 12th, 2014 and tickets are available starting today. We hope to see you there!

Unemployed? Underemployed? New college graduate? Considering new career options?

Join us for CareerCampSCV 2014!

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 9AM to 3:30PM

Where: 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91355


FREE Admission • FREE Parking


College of the Canyons Career Center presents CareerCampSCV, a FREE  unconference dedicated to helping you build the career you deserve. The day will include scheduled speakers, ad hoc presentations and breakout ses- sions on all aspects of building your career. CareerCamp is FREE for all adults who want to build or improve their career. Space is Limited. Register for FREE today. For more information, a list of scheduled speakers and additional career content

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – April 27, 2014

April 27th, 2014 Comments off

Jobs offered

 CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2013 - 88 

Job Openings from Tuesdays with Transitioners Jennifer Oliver O’Connell, organizer of Tuesdays with Transitioners posted these job listings recently. Join Tuesdays with Transitioners Meetup group to receive these job listings directly via and email. 

  • Part-time secretary
  • Part-time front desk assistant at Namaste Highland Park
  • Executive Assistant, Legendary Entertainment
  • Executive Assistant, Renegade 83
  • Executive Assistant, Metro Public Relations
  • Studio Concierge Assistant, Twistory Studios
  • Executive Assistant to Independent Film Producer
  • Executive Assistant to Composer/Music Supervisor/Producer
  • Assistant to the Senior VP of Scripted Development
  • Second Personal Assistant to Producer
  • Assistant to Producer/CEO
  • Director of Operations, Casting Company
  • Administrative Assistant, Clifton Post Production
  • Part-time Accounting Assistant, Resolution Entertainment
  • Development Assistant, Grey Matter Productions
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