A clip from this longer presentation – CareerCamp: New Unconference Methods for Helping People Build the Career They Deserve with Douglas E. Welch
He discusses What is CareerCamp?, how it might be used in your organization and takes you through an example of a Day at CareerCamp.
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.
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