A Day at CareerCamp Part 4 – Ad Hoc Collaboration from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

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 4 - Ad Hoc Collaboration from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

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If you want to give a stand up presentation, that’s fine. If you want to host a breakout session — if you want to just engage in a discussion. One of the best sessions that I ever saw was — people were talking at breakfast and realized that several of them had worked abroad. They’d worked in Europe. They’d worked in Asia, whatever and they realized that “We have a lot to share with people who might be interested. Let’s just hold a breakout session for people who are thinking about working abroad. So you had 3 people who had actually done it and then you had another 10 people at the table who wanted to learn about it. It never would have happened had this group of people not come together for this CareerCamp. Those types of things are so amazing to me when they happen. We’ve also had situations where people were going to present on the same topic and they realized “Let’s do this together, because we both have different perspectives on this particular thing. I’m and HR person. I’m a hiring boss. Here’s how we work together to hire people or whatever.”

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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