Technology tools Used to Organize CareerCamp 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.

Technology tools Used to Organize CareerCamp from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods [Video Clip]

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These are some of the tools we use to actually organize. People often ask me, “How often do we meet in person to organize a CareerCamp?” We don’t. We meet almost entirely online, up until the day of the event. We use Google docs for all our collaboration. We have actually had live brainstorming sessions in the same Google Doc, literally with all of us typing at once in the Doc to collect up information. we use for our blogs, which is free. Evenbrite – free for any free event. Twitter, Facebook and social media. They’re all free. Mailchimp is a mailing list, email mailing list system which we use for free up to 10,000 names, something like that. Those are some of your tools you can make the best use of. Want to know more about me? If you visit the web site there are 2 pages on there – Why Should I Organize a CareerCamp? and What is CareerCamp? which sort of encapsulates what I’ve said here today and so you can check all that out. 

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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