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CareerCampLA-2 happens this Friday, March 18, 2011

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

CareerCampLA-2 is almost upon us.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a day of career development presentations and discussion, please join us! I will be leading a discussion on Social Media and Your Career and there will be a host of other great content.

CareerCampLA-2 takes place at Los Angeles Southwest College, 1600 W. Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA from 8am-2pm. You can find complete information, video of previous CareerCampLA talks and register for your free tickets by visiting

I hope to see you there!


What is CareerCampLA?

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. Additionaly, 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.

What is the typical structure of CareerCamp?

Each CareerCamp can and should be different, but there are some basic steps that suit the purpose of the day.

Much like any unconference, each CareerCamp is driven by a small group of passionate organizers in the local community. These organizers locate a venue, select a date, collect volunteers to assist on the day of the event and sponsors to cover the minimal costs of the CareerCamp. Local restaurants can be recruited to provide breakfast or lunch. Local stores can offer gift cards for their services to be used in a free raffle for attendees, often held at the end of the day. The organizers are also responsible for promoting the CareerCamp by reaching out to local media for coverage, sometimes bringing in various media as sponsors.

On the day of the event, attendees arrive, check in and are greeted in an opening session where the organizers briefly explain the mechanics of how the day will proceed. Typically, there will be a schedule board, divided into a grid of rooms and session times. Most CareerCamps have 3-5 session rooms for each hour of the day, as well another series of rooms or seating areas are available for open, un-moderated, “breakout” discussions. This combination of presentations and open discussions allows for a wide variety of content to be shared across the day and allows the attendees to choose among this content as most benefits them.

After the opening session, attendees proceed to the schedule board and begin placing their presentations, and breakout discussion topics on the board — selecting both a room and a time for their presentation. As the time for first “session” period approaches, attendees make their way to the session or breakout rooms and the first presentations begin.

Between each session, attendees are given 15 minutes to re-visit the schedule board and select their choice for the next session period. This process then repeats throughout the day. When possible, a catered lunch is provided, allowing the attendees to remain on-site and continue their discussions and networking between morning and afternoon sessions.

A closing session ends the day thanking the attendees, sponsors and organizers, soliciting feedback from the attendees and, in some cases, offering a door prize raffle of items from various CareerCamp sponsors.

What is CareerCamp International?

CareerCamp International is an organization dedicated to facilitating CareerCamp unconferences around the world. We provide information and resources to those local organizers who are interested in hosting their own Careercamp. Through web and mailing list resources, we connect past, current and future organizers to share best practices, promotional materials and expertise.

Past CareerCamps have included:

CareerCamp Online 2009

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Video: CareerCampSCV Promo

June 28th, 2010 Comments off

Here is a fill promo for CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) happening July 10, 2010. You can sign up for your free tickets at

Please share this promo with your friends and coworkers.

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Video: CareerCampLA: The Art of Networking Panel

June 5th, 2010 Comments off

Jennifer “Jungle Jenny” Michaels (, Susan M. Baker from and Danielle Gruen of LivingCareers.Net present a panel on “The Art of Networking” at CareerCampLA 2010.

Someone has to do that job…or not

May 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Career Opportunities podcast logoWhen pressed, we can come up with a hundred and one reasons why we stay in a lousy job. “The economy is bad. There aren’t any jobs available. I’m not cut out for anything else.” For me, though, the worst excuse, by far is “Well, someone has to do the job.” To this I reply, “someone may have to do the job, but it doesn’t have to be you.”

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Let me be very clear that I am not talking about all the unpleasant, but extremely necessary work out there like garbage collection, sewer maintenance or animal control. Even in these unpleasant activities, workers can find high levels of job satisfaction along with equally high salaries. This is exactly how it should be with all unpleasant, but high necessity jobs.

The jobs I am talking about are the one’s with the abusive boss — the one’s with low salaries and no raises – the one’s that make your life worse, instead of better. These jobs suck the life out of you and, in some cases, everyone you work with. They deaden you to your own skills and capabilities. They use you up, discard the husk and replace you with yet another cog in the machine.

Sure, someone has to do these jobs, but it doesn’t have to be you. If you are reading this column or listening to this podcast, you are already far better than these jobs. These jobs are for those who haven’t thought about what they want out of their careers. These jobs are for those who have decided to settle instead of trying to build the career they deserve. These jobs are for those who have given up any hope of a productive career and simply slog through day after day. I can’t imagine that description applying to anyone who has taken the time and energy to join me here.

Let me lay it out in very clear terms. You are better than any of these jobs. There is no reason any of you should dread going to work each day. If you are, then this is a clear sign it is time to find a job that better matches your capabilities. When the economy is down, conventional wisdom says that “any job is a good job”, but I don’t believe it. Any job that tears you down bit by bit is more destructive than no job at all. Before you even realize it, you have dug yourself into a pit. Getting out of that pit can take months or years. Years when you should have been pursuing the career you deserve, not merely surviving in a lousy, and destructive, job.

Imagine how much better the world might be if everyone doing these destructive jobs found something else. What would it be like if you weren’t constantly receiving unwanted telemarketing calls, spam email and infomercials for unnecessary items. Someone has to do those jobs, but it doesn’t have to be you. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be them. Many of these jobs shouldn’t be done by anyone. The sooner we realize that, the better off we all will be.

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Douglas traveling to the UK in June

May 1st, 2010 Comments off

I, along with my family, will be traveling to the UK from June 16 through June 26.

We will start our travels in Cardiff, as my wife is presenting a paper at the “Investigating Torchwood” Conference at the University of Glamorgan.

We will then be traveling the south central part of the country (destinations still undecided), ending up in London eventually towards the end of that week.

For my UK readers/listeners, is there any interest in setting up a Tweetup/Meetup while we are there?

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CareerCampLA 2010: Resume Writing: How to Get Your Foot in the Door with Markell Steele

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Markell Steele of presents Resume Writing: How to Get Your Foot in the Door at CareerCampLA 2010.


Watch Resume Writing: How to Get Your Foot in the Door – iPod Ready Video


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Video: Career Prescriptions – A Talk to Tuesdays with Transitioners

January 16th, 2010 Comments off

I presented this talk to Tuesdays with Transitioners, a local group dedicated to helping workers recover from layoff and make the move to a new career.

A video podcast of this talk will be released in a few days.

Visit the Tuesdays with Transitioners site for more information on this great group.

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Career Chat Transcript for December 1, 2009

December 1st, 2009 Comments off

This is the transcript of our latest Career Chat, held on December 1, 2009 — Douglas

douglaswelch: Welcome everyone to tonight’s Career Chat, brought to you by the Career Opportunities Podcast and Column at and the Career Opportunities Community Site
douglaswelch: The tagline for Career Opportunities is “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve” and the podcast, community site and
douglaswelch: these chats are designed to do just that.
douglaswelch: We typically we open run these chats as a simple Q&A format, so if you have comments
douglaswelch: or questions, just let them fly. I will answer as many as I can and others will chime in with their ideas too
douglaswelch: The conversation continues 24/7 on the Career Community site. You can also add your questions
douglaswelch: and comments there.

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Make-A-Move Mondays launches this week!

November 20th, 2009 Comments off

Mobile interface for NMI Community siteWe are starting a new feature on the Career Opportunities Community Site at — MakeAMove Mondays!

MakeAMove Mondays are a chance to look forward into each week and decide what you want to accomplish in life, job and career. You can post something that you want to accomplish, and how you might accomplish it — a great resource to help you accomplish your weekly goals or a compelling/insightful/energizing video.

We are looking for your favorite blogs, podcasts, videos, twitter messages — anything that helps to make your coming week the best one possible.

Each week, I will start a discussion thread in the Forums area of the community site where you can post your links and we can discuss them.

For next week, you can find this discussion at

Share your best ideas and resources with our fellow Career Opportunities readers and listeners and MakeAMovethis Monday!


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Career Tip 20091005 – Don’t get angry, do something!

October 5th, 2009 Comments off
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