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LaidOffCamp LA – Visibility and Your Career [Archive] [Audio]

June 3rd, 2016 Comments off

LaidOffCamp LA – Visibility and Your Career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Douglas speaks to LaidOffCamp LA on May 1, 2009 on Visibility and Your Career.

 

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A Day at CareerCamp Part 2 – Ticketing from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

August 13th, 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.

A Day at CareerCamp Part 2 - Ticketing from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods  [Video Clip]

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We use  service called Eventbrite (eventbrite.com) — and I have some links at the end that I’ll show you — for tickets. If your event is free Eventbrite tickets are free. You set up a little page on their web site. You can do all sorts of ticketing things — we basically have 1 ticket — I’m an attendee. But you can gather information from the attendees. You can send them automatically, e-tickets — they’re PDF documents that they can either show on their phone and/or print out. We can then read them with our smartphones and say ‘Attended” so we actually know they — not that they just signed up — but that they actually came. It’s a big operation. It’s like a theater operation ticketing system, usable for free if your event is free.  


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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A Day at CareerCamp Part 1 from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

August 6th, 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.

A Day at CareerCamp Part 1 from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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We usually run from 9 to 4. It’s varied a little bit over the years. I will say, we tried running it on a Friday. Saturday is your day. If you are going to do one of these, Saturday is your day. People are available. They’re not tied up with whatever part time work they might have. It allows people who are underemployed too, which is one of the terms I often use. CareerCamp is for the unemployed, the underemployed and those just looking to better their career and I think it is important to give them an opportunity to come and Saturday is that best day. People feel they can come — they don’t have to stay the whole day, but what I have found is, people will often come into the signup desk and say, “Oh, I can only be here half the day.” You see them at the end of the day. Because they obviously found the value there that over-weighed anything else that they might have been thinking about that day and they stay there. 


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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Video: Everybody Wins from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 30th, 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.

Feed both body and mind from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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And I know it is a bit of a wishy-washy term, kind of an overused term these days, but one thing I really feel CareerCamp is, it is a win/win. It has to be a win/win for everybody. So, win win win win win. Everybody has to win at this. Attendees have to win. Presenters have to win by getting their message out or perhaps doing a light promotion to the people around them. Donators get their promotion to people. Everybody has to win. If everyone isn’t winning, someone is losing and you don’t want that to happen. It will change the feel of the event and for me, that’s also one reason I don’t — try not to — charge for the events, because I think it changes the expectation of the event. 


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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Video: Feed both body and mind from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 23rd, 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.

Feed both body and mind from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

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You can go out into the community and find the support and, of course, with Anthony, part of the — and Worksource, too — I’ve worked with Keri on some stuff, too — part of the role is to go out and serve the community, not just the students at the college, but also serve the community as well and this is a great way of doing that. Because you go out — the companies in your local community get to promote — gently — to your attendees and your attendees get something small in return. I will say about feeding people, it never fails to impress me that one of the first thing I hear out of people’s mouths is, “Oh my gosh. You’ve got breakfast for us? You’ve got coffee for us?” Yes, that is such a small thing, you would think, but it is so nice. Now, there’s an ulterior motive for it, too. If you feed people lunch at the middle of your day, they don’t go off campus. You don’t lose them in the middle of the day, perhaps not to return. So, if you can feed them lunch, it’s a great time. You get an hour for networking in the middle of the day. I always tell people, if you say with someone at breakfast, sit with someone else at lunch and use that whole metaphor and get people mixed up and mingling, but the ulterior motive is if you feed them lunch, they’re not going to scatter to the four winds.


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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Video: Donations from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 17th, 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.

Donations from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

 

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We have gift bags that people receive when they come in. We’ve had authors give their books away. We have local businesses give away car washes and dry cleaning. How many people, when their unemployed and they’re going out on interview after interview after interview. What do they need? They need their suite — they need their clothes to look nice. A little coupon for free dry cleaning can go a long way for some people. We have food coupons that we give away. We’ve actually — in the first years of CareerCampSCV, local restaurants would actually either donate food — because we do like to try — it’s not required — but I like to try and feed people breakfast. I like to try and feed people lunch and I’ll give you some reasons for that, but, in this case, we actually had restaurants who would either donate those meals or would give us an extremely good price. A Jersey Mike’s chain, the local Jersey Mike’s, gave us an excellent price. Basically a wholesale price on feeding 100 and some people at, I think, the first and the second conference at CareerCampSCV.


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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Video: Why CareerCamp #2 – Low Cost to Organize from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 9th, 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.

Why CareerCamp #2 - Low Cost to Organize from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

 

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Organizing costs are also very low, in most cases. Anthony said — well, I will say, we never asked the college for money. The thing that I went to Anthony for — the thing that we went to the College of the Canyons for and the reason this is Anthony’s project and not my project is, because he works at the college, we get the use of the facilities for free. That will be your biggest issue, getting a venue. Getting a place to hold this. And again, it doesn’t have to be the perfect place, but you do need a place to get together with your people to hold a CareerCamp and by partnering with a community college we were able to do that. The first CareerCampLA was actually held at a Congregational Church in Northridge and it worked great. It worked fine. We have a nice room and it sort of cemented some of my ideas of how you organize one of these events. Again, totally free.  


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

July 2nd, 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.

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

June 25th, 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.

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

 

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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.

For more information, visit:

 

Video: What is an unconference? from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

April 16th, 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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What is an unconference? This is a conference. You had planned speakers. You had planned organization. It’s here at a nice fancy hotel. You’ve got A/V people. You’ve got all the trappings of a regular conference. Most importantly, you knew exactly what you were going to see when you walked in the door. You might even had known what you were going to see when you saw it on the web site, once the speakers were booked. An unconference is not like that. An unconference is entirely planned by the attendees that come that day. Everyone who attends a CareerCamp is highly encouraged to participate in some way. That can be to stand up and give an outgoing presentation like this. It can be to host a breakout session on some topic. Sometimes, we find that people — especially when they are new to CareerCamp — their biggest engagement of the day is simply having the great conversations with people around the table, in the lobby area, beginning of the day, end of the day. 


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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