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Welcome to CareerCampLA!

Welcome to CareerCampLA 2010!

Thank you so much for registering to attend CareerCampLA! We look forward to a great day “Building the Career You Deserve!” Included in this message are a few basics about CareerCampLA and what you can expect.


Check-in will start at approximately 8am. Please bring your printed tickets to speed up the sign-in process. Those who haven’t yet registered will be able to do so on-site, so don’t be afraid to bring a friend.

A light breakfast and lunch with drinks throughout the day will be provided at no charge.

Door prizes will be handed out during our closing session, so be sure to get your ticket when you check in.

Our Welcome session will begin at 9am sharp in the Main Hall. Speakers and breakout sessions will start on the hour from 10am to Noon and 1pm until 5pm.

What is an unconference?

CareerCampLA is a hybrid unconference. While a few speaker sessions will be pre-scheduled, all other speakers and breakout sessions are decided by you. If you would like to speak, you will be able to write your topic on a note and place it on any open slot on the schedule “wall”. There will be a few suggested breakout discussion topics listed on the schedule wall, but you should feel free to suggest additional topics. Attendees will be voting on which breakout sessions interest them most and then these top topics will be placed on the schedule wall.

Please take the time to indicate your preference on these breakout sessions. This is your chance to make CareerCampLA your conference.


There are few rules surrounding most unconferences. In order to make this the best conference possible, please:

* Be kind to one another. Be positive. Engage with your fellow attendees

Often the best part of any conference are the accidental conversations that happen between sessions and over lunch. Don’t be afraid to talk with others. Ask them what interests them most about CareerCampLA. Ask them what they are doing to “Build the Career They Deserve.”

* No “hard sell”

If you are speaking, please feel free to mention your web site address during your talk, but CareerCampLA is about sharing useful information, not making a sales pitch. If people are interested in your service, they will seek out you or your web site.

* Use the “Law of 2 Feet”

If you aren’t finding value in a particular speaker or session, use your “2 feet” to find another session that is useful to you. Find another speaker. Attend a different breakout session. Start your own ad hoc, impromptu discussion on a topic that interests you or just have a great conversation with fellow attendees in the “lobby.” In many ways, you directly control the quality of CareerCampLA. Exercise that control.

* Help out where you can

Help others schedule their sessions. Help others choose their favorite breakouts. Keep the space clean by picking up after yourself and others and using the trash and recycle containers. Help us tear down at the end of the day. Whatever helps to make everyone’s day more enjoyable.

We look forward to seeing you all at CareerCampLA!

CareerCampLA Co-Chairs

Douglas E. Welch, Career Opportunities column and podcast
Jennifer Oliver O’Connell, Tuesday with Transitioners
Danielle Gruen, LivingCareers.net
Susan M. Baker, The Escape Hatcher

CareerCampLA Sponsors

Jersey Mike’s Subs
Western Bagel
Frozen Crush Ultimate Italian Ice
Thomas Ellsworth, Author of “The Rat, The Race and The Cage”

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