Why i Organize CareerCamp Unconferences from CareerCamp: New Unconference Career Building Methods





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Published on Oct 29, 2015

** Want help organizing your own unconference? Comment or email me at douglas@welchwrite.com

CareerCamp Founder, Douglas E. Welch, shares CareerCamp (http://careercampinternational.org) with the attendees of the California Placement Association (http://calplacement.org/) 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.


It's not my desire to be -- to become a billionaire from running unconferences. I think that the concept has tons of power and through my career writing that I've done, this is an outreach from that. I just want to see them happen. And it sounds again, hippy-dippy, but I want to see change. I want to have an effect on the world and this is one way that I can do it. I do need to find a champion at each of the places to do this, because it is their event. I will come in an give them all the support and teach them how to do it and help them facilitate and tell them what -- why this works and why this doesn't and all this stuff, and help with the technology and all that, but its really up to the person on-site who has to champion it, get some other co-chairs together so that they don't do all the work and work from the regard.


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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