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Video: Donations from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods

July 17th, 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.

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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