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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.

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Video: Smartphones, Technology and Your Career with Douglas E. Welch (70 min)

March 14th, 2015 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch presents “Smartphones, Technology and Your Career” to GLAPros in Canoga Park, CA on March 12, 2015.

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Video: Wanting — and wanting to believe — too much from “What is success and why you might have it already?

October 28th, 2014 Comments off

Wanting — and wanting to believe — too much from “What is success and why you might have it already?

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Some people get caught in the position of — they really, really want those things and they can’t have them and it really tears them up. I’ma little lucky on that regard. I don’t really care that much. But you can find people — yourself included sometimes — who can get tied up in things like that. “I really, really want that fancy car.” Well, you know what? You can’t really afford it and you are better off understanding you can’t really afford it and moving on, because, if you don’t, you’re going to get in the situation that so many people found themselves in with their homes. They bought more home than they could afford and the bird came home to roost — the pigeon came home to roost. There was no way it was not going to do it. But we like, sometimes we want to believe too much. We want to believe that advertisement is telling us the truth and that this cream will make our skin look 20 years younger. We want to believe so much that we’re willing to ignore our own intuition, our own bet thoughts. Don’t fall into that trap, because that is one of the things that will move you over here. And we don’t want you there at all, if you can possibly avoid it. That’s truly unsuccessful. You are struggling. You are desperately having trouble.

Video: Don’t undervalue your achievements from “What is success and why you might have it already?

October 21st, 2014 Comments off

Don’t undervalue your achievements from “What is success and why you might have it already? 

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We undervalue our own achievements. Someone will say, “Hey that was a great dinner!” You’ll say, “oh no no no. Found a recipe online.” We always do that. We’ve got to stop doing that. We really do. We have to realize our own achievements and understand “That was a good meal  and I’m proud of that and I will do that again.” We have to look at ourselves through other’s eyes sometimes. We have to let someone praise us and simply stand there — being in theater, where I came from originally That’s my degree is in theater — one of the first lessons I had to learn was simply when someone comes up and says, “Oh, what a great show. You did so well.” and just simply sitting there, taking it in and saying, “Thank You.” There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s nothing to be uncomfortable about. They’re saying you did a great job. Your job is to say “Thank You.” To say anything else insults the person who is praising you. You just said their opinion doesn’t matter to you. I want you to put yourself in their shoes and see you through their eyes. They saw something in you — of they are speaking genuinely — which most people do. They saw something in you that was exceptional. Take that. Accept that. Accept that as a success in your long road of overall success. The next time someone says Thank you. The next time someone praises you, I want you to just stop and say, “Thank you.” 

Video: What does success mean to you? from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

What does success mean to you? from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

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You need to define success in a way that makes more sense and has — this is an important word — has more nuance than the current beliefs of success. There are shades of grey here. What’s the mathematical concept, you can never actually walk to a wall if you are constantly walking half way to the wall, you’ll never actually make it to the wall. There are endless ways of dividing up these levels of success and the trouble is, success for you could be quite different than success for you..or you..or you…and probably will be. You may feel that living in a small town, working at a good job, having your own business in a small town, working online is much more preferable although it only pays this much — to working in a corporate office with all the stress, but it pays this much. I personally have made that decision in my own life. I often describe it as I buy time. I have time to spend with my son. I’ve always had time to pick him up from school, drop him off at school, go to school events during the day, because I work for myself. I make my own schedule. Do I make as much money as someone else my age with my skills? Not in the least, but you know what? I don’t care, because its those people who come to me and say, “Oh, I can’t go to the ball game. I had to work late. Oh, I missed him hitting the home run. Oh I couldn’t go see him in the play.” They miss their children’s lives. That’s important to me. Other people? Maybe no so and that is fine. Typically, though, if they’re complaining about it, it does effect them. They are upset about it, but they have given that away in search of something else. So, we all have to decide, for us, what we want out of this.

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Video: Don’t dismiss opportunities for small successes from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

Don’t dismiss opportunities for small successes from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

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Another stricture we put on ourselves is that we will often say, “Well, I won’t take that job. That job doesn’t pay enough. I want the job that pays half a million per year.” Well, wouldn’t we all. The fact is, you don’t know. Maybe that the job that pays $100,000 leads to the job that pays $5000,000 or more or more or more. You can’t tell. If the job matches your interest, your desires, your skills, investigate it. To disqualify simply because it isn’t at the level you hope to reach someday in the future. Don’t do that. You’re only hurting yourself. You’re only denying yourself a chance at this success in hopes of obtaining this success.

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Video: Accepting Opportunities from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

A New Paradigm of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already? 

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Now, I’m also not telling you to ignore opportunities that come your way. Because, the fact is, sometimes these opportunities that happen to fall in our lap, are what can lead to something like this. Just by shear dumb luck. Just being in the right place at the right time. So, don’t stop looking for opportunities that preset themselves. Those are great gifts that you’re given. You happen to meet that right person here at CareerCamp. You happen to sit down at coffee next to someone who has a great idea that ties in perfectly with your idea. You happen to meet the right mate for your spouse. I look back and I met my wife on the first night of Fall semester of my freshman year in college through shear dumb luck — and we’ve been married for 26 years. Any — there are so many different ways that could have just blown apart and we never would have met, but the opportunity presented itself and it has been a wonderful opportunity. So, don’t ignore those opportunities when they present themselves. Sometimes we think, oh I can’t take that job because that’s too much of a change. No. Think about it. You owe it to yourself to at least think about it. Maybe it’s in a different industry. Maybe it’s a slightly different type of work. Maybe someone has seen in you something you don’t see in yourself. At least investigate it. At least check it out and say. “Oh, maybe I could do this.” That is where your true power in success comes from. It’s by following those opportunities that present themselves.

Video: A New Paradigm of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 23rd, 2014 Comments off

A New Paradigm of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already? 

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I hope to bring forth in you a new, a new look, a new understanding, a new paradigm for success. This is something I am trying to live in my own life and I think you would benefit greatly from living it in yours as well. First of all, I’m not telling you to stop striving. One of the great abilities of humans is are ability to learn and to grow and do amazing things. We have put men on the Moon. Not once. Several times. We have people flying over head right now in space. We can do amazing things. We can strive for those things. What I’m asking you to not do — stop striving for this. This, for the most part, happens on its own. We either are or your aren’t. You get struck by lightning or you don’t. You can try all you might, but the number of people that actually reach that level of success is just very small. There is nothing you can do about that. What I want you to do is, I want you to focus your attention here. I want you to understand that there are things that each of us do, no matter how mundane we might think them in our lives. When I sit down to pay the bills, I’m being a success. I can pay my bills. I can write the check for my mortgage. I can write the check for my grocery bill. I can do those things. I have accomplished that. I am living a life that I am happy with. 

Video: Your job search should be constant from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

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When do you start your job search? When do you stop it? How long should it last. Blah, blah, blah. For me, a job search is constant. You should always be looking to improve your career in some way. So, that — looking for a career — is not a transition that happens every so often, like a heartbeat. It is jut something that becomes and integral part of your life. Sometime you integrate into everything you do. Whether it is talking to people on the street or at the coffee shop or coming to a meeting like this or CareerCamp or anything you do. There is some aspect of all your life in all of those events. They shouldn’t be seen as anything different, or strange, or new, or — in some cases — frightening.   

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Sacrificing Self-Worth for Celebrity from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 16th, 2014 Comments off

Some will sacrifice anything for success from “What is success…and why you might have it already? 

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One of the most striking things I have seen over the last 10 years or so, is the willingness, the ability of people to even actively degrade and debase themselves in public in an attempt to reach celebrity. How many people watch Survivor? How many people watch Wipeout? How many people watch “insert favorite reality show here”? Those people have decided that nothing is more important than being a celebrity. They may tell you “a hundred ways to Sunday” that it is something else. That’s what they’ve decided. Nothing — not my ethics, not my morals, not my self-worth, my self-respect, is worth the chance — not even getting it — the chance of celebrity. I want to — I want to reinforce in you and I hope you already somewhat feel this way, how disturbing that truly is — and the damage it can cause. — not only to you and not only to them, but to everyone around them. Because everyone around them simply becomes a pawn in that game. Their family. Their peers. Their co-workers, don’t matter. “That’s what I’m after! Get out of my way!”

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