Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Close

Archive

Archive for July, 2015

Archive: Get out of your neighborhood from the Career Opportunities Podcast

July 17th, 2015 Comments off

Get out of your neighborhood

Career Opportunities Logo 2012

From the Career Opportunities Archives…

I have spent the last four weekends speaking at conferences, and speaking with many people, in California and Arizona. Despite being a bit tired from the long drives and long hours, I am also energized. It is amazing how exciting and enlightening it can be to talk to people outside your normal area of expertise. Too often, we find ourselves in an echo chamber where we hear the same thoughts, the same advice, the same voices again and again. If you want to build your career, it is important to step outside your neighborhood and see what others may be doing.

Read this entire column – Get out of your neighborhood

Listen to this Podcast

Categories: Audio, Podcast, Show Tags:

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

 

Download this video

Subscribe to CareerCamp International on YouTube

Subscribe to Douglas E. Welch on YouTube

Transcript:

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.

For more information, visit:

 

Categories: CareerCamp, Education, Events, Podcast, Show, Video Tags:

Video: Too much stability? from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

July 14th, 2015 Comments off

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

OPEN Facebook Page

Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

Video: Too much stability? from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

Transcript:

Now, I know, it seems, How can you have too much stability in our lives? I mean, we strive so hard for our cars, our houses, our children, our families, but what it means is we actually forget how to transition. We forget how to engage in change. Just like a muscle that doesn’t get used, it starts to atrophy and that “risk muscle” that we all need in our lives, for big and small things, starts to atrophy. We get stuck. We get stalled by our own success, is actually the phrase I have in my notes here and I’m sure you’ve met people like that. They have a decent job with a decent company and they hate it, because it’s boring. They are totally stable. They are, what we would all seem to subscribe to as — that’s a perfect job. It’s stable. It pays well. It doesn’t have a 3 hour commute. Whatever. 

Categories: Podcast, Show, Speaking, Video Tags:

Archive: Sometimes we deserve to be fired from the Career Opportunities Podcast

July 10th, 2015 Comments off

Sometimes we deserve to be fired

Career Opportunities Logo 2012

From the Career Opportunities Archives…

I will ask you to forgive me in advance if this column rambles a bit, as I am still coming to grips with the topic, even as I write. Firing someone, and being fired, is always an emotional event. Still, I believe that today we have forgotten that there are times when we deserve to be fired, especially when we show that we cannot complete even the most fundamental tasks of the position. Instead, we allow ourselves or people in our departments to continue in a role long after proven incapable of doing the job. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “Insanity (is) doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” While failure is a part of every job, shouldn’t complete failure be a clear indicator that someone else needs to be given a chance?Let m e be clear that when I say failure, I am not talking about the average, everyday failures we all experience. This isn’t about the lost contract or client, the failed project, the marketing misstep. This is about complete failure, like not being able to accept or accurately count the votes in your precinct, county or state or being unable to produce accurate paychecks for your workers like the LA County Schools recent problem. These are failures of both the highest and lowest degrees. These people are unable to fulfill even the most basic tenets of their job and this, unfortunately, has the most dramatic effect on their clients and customers.

Read this entire column – Sometimes we deserve to be fired

Listen to this Podcast

Categories: Audio, Podcast, Show Tags:

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

 

Download this video

Subscribe to CareerCamp International on YouTube

Subscribe to Douglas E. Welch on YouTube

Transcript:

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.

For more information, visit:

 

Categories: CareerCamp, Education, Events, Podcast, Show, Video Tags:

Audio: Recognize the Stability Your Have from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

July 7th, 2015 Comments off

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

OPEN Facebook Page

Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

Recognize the Stability Your Have from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

Listen to Recognize the Stability Your Have from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

Transcript:

Once we have our basic needs met, you actually have some stability in your life. And what I do recommend you do is use these tiny little bits of stability as springboards that allow you to do other things. First of all, you have to recognize the stability in your life. If you have a current job now, have an income right now, you have enough savings right now, to get you by, You can kind of say, “Ok, and I’m not going to rest on those laurels, but I’m not going to be out on the street.” Ok? Recognize that stability say “That’s a good thing. I have that. That’s something that I don’t need to worry about.” This allows us to look outwards then to new and different environments — New and different jobs — new and different careers and investigate some of these things that perhaps we have actually thought about in the past, but never took the time to do. Because, again, once we’re stuck in a job, we don’t think about these things any more. We stop thinking about this hobby or that. or this particular career or I want to be on the Mars Mission that’s going to go to Mars int eh next several decades or whatever.  

Categories: Audio, Podcast, Show, Speaking Tags:

Video: Recognize the Stability Your Have from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

July 7th, 2015 Comments off

A clip from this longer presentation — Douglas E. Welch presents “Transition as the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on February 27, 2015.

OPEN Facebook Page

Also mentioned in this talk is “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North”, an Amazon Kindle booklet

Recognize the Stability Your Have from Transition as the New Normal 2015 with Douglas E. Welch

 

Transcript:

Once we have our basic needs met, you actually have some stability in your life. And what I do recommend you do is use these tiny little bits of stability as springboards that allow you to do other things. First of all, you have to recognize the stability in your life. If you have a current job now, have an income right now, you have enough savings right now, to get you by, You can kind of say, “Ok, and I’m not going to rest on those laurels, but I’m not going to be out on the street.” Ok? Recognize that stability say “That’s a good thing. I have that. That’s something that I don’t need to worry about.” This allows us to look outwards then to new and different environments — New and different jobs — new and different careers and investigate some of these things that perhaps we have actually thought about in the past, but never took the time to do. Because, again, once we’re stuck in a job, we don’t think about these things any more. We stop thinking about this hobby or that. or this particular career or I want to be on the Mars Mission that’s going to go to Mars int eh next several decades or whatever.  

Categories: Podcast, Show, Speaking, Video Tags:

Archive: Career transitions are the worst, but necessary from the Career Opportunities Podcast

July 3rd, 2015 Comments off

Career transitions are the worst, but necessary

Career Opportunities Logo 2012

From the Career Opportunities Archives…

As someone who is constantly in the middle of a career transition, I am frequently reminded how difficult it can be. Like many transitions, mine are not the “short, sharp, shock” of moving between companies or towns, but rather a slow, almost daily progression. To outsiders, it might not even appear I am changing careers, but at the very heart of my work life, I am.As with any transition, there are days when I wonder whether the process will ever end. The fact that you can’t see the end can makes it ephemeral. I have an idea where I want to end up, but I am sure once I get there I will see another path and start a new journey. I think this is a normal part of life, even if it can worry us and leave us feeling a bit confused.

Read this entire column – Career transitions are the worst, but necessary

Listen to this Podcast

Categories: Audio, Podcast, Show Tags:

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

 

 

Download this video

Subscribe to CareerCamp International on YouTube

Subscribe to Douglas E. Welch on YouTube

Transcript:

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.

For more information, visit:

 

Categories: Education, Events, Podcast, Show, Video Tags:
Google+