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Post-CareerCampLA Feedback – How was it?

Thanks to all who attended, volunteered, sponsored and spoke at yesterday’s CareerCampLA event!

Now it’s time to look back and see what worked, what didn’t, what could be improved, what could be added.

Click the “Leave a Comment” above and tell us what you think.

You can also email your feedback directly to career@welchwrite.com or phone in your feedback to the voice mail line at 818-804-5049.

We all look forward to hearing your comments!

  1. RR
    March 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Some suggestions for next time…

    –wi-fi: I know this is highly dependent on the venue, but some of us (myself included) would likely be able to bring some EVDO routers to fill the void.

    –some write up on “lessons learned” for others who want to start a Careercamp in their local area. Some Barcamp-ish things apply (“vote with your feet”) and others don’t always, and I would be curious to what you thought “worked”

    –break in the conference with quick intros like they do at other Barcamp (e.g. three words that describe you)

    –stickers (or equiv) on people’s tags to help identify them accordingly to industry.

    –wiki for people to put up various resources that they learned about while at camp.


  2. March 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Great comments all and I will certainly add this to my files to review before my next event.

    I don’t know why I forgot to do intros in the morning. I love that part of BarCampLA and planned on doing it but somewhere along the line it slipped my mind and the schedule. Having WiFi for everyone is definitely a boom and I will look to you for the next event. Thank goodness this wasn’t a tech heavy crowd or that could have been a large problem.

    Thanks for the great feedback!

  3. Risa
    March 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    A few speaker recommendations-nutrition coach/Psychologist-how to deal w/ depression or health issues during this time. Also a Dress for Success or Dress for the Interview-first impression speaker could tie in with the above.

    Maybe a Green Job speaker. Outside tables -could be Food Banks, Clothing Donation for Interviews.

    NewsMedia and maybe other religious organizations. Recruiters, other networking groups needed to be notified and ask for coverage closer to event time might help.
    Rev the excitement a few months before and then 1 week out a few days before-the TV stations broadcast weekend happenings.

    Volunteers might help with the above.(Media, Donations, Speakers, Set up-more specific assignments)-not to wear out the organizers who might want to specialize in getting speaker portion handled or working on something unique for conference.

    Rooms needed to have signs and some kind of bell or loud announcement to let everyone know 5 minutes till the next discussion starts.

    Also a parking lot board-someone needs help with resume, carpooling info, wants to learn about a trade or specialized field and let them leave their email address or contact number. OR maybe put it on CareerCampLA blog as ongoing?

    Overall it was a great event!

  4. RR
    March 29, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Ditto on the “green job” thing. Those of us who follow federal dollars know that he’s kicking some down to various levels which should (in theory) go into the job sector.

    Also, some of us know places (e.g. datacenters) are looking for people with these skills.

    On the parking lot board, maybe something simple, such as “I have” (on one side) and “I need” on another. Under that section, I’m sure you’ll start seeing various categories organically emerge, then you can figure out what to do from there. 🙂

  5. March 29, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Hi Douglas & all CareerCampLA organizers,
    Congrats on a well ORGANIZED and well-run event yesterday! Really enjoyed meeting so many different people from all levels of work experience. They seemed energized to share their backgrounds, their goals, their struggles, in this ‘recession.’ They really responded to your invitation to share and learn. You provided the place, time & atmosphere, and the energy just flowed. I felt it was a productive event, a lively, fun networking opportunity, for us all. I think that having the tables, chairs, food & coffee in the lobby, made for a warm, ‘first impression’ as people arrived and a great place to ‘schmooze’ throughout the day. Thanks to all the companies who donated food/drinks. And sponsors too. All in all, it was a 1st rate event! I certainly hope people will benefit from all the excellent info that was shared at CareerCampLA! Thanks to you all!

  6. March 30, 2010 at 4:44 am

    (Posted from original email — Douglas)

    Thanks for including us in the first ever Career Camp L.A. event last Saturday. We found the day quite informative. I hope you received good information and opportunities as well–that’s what it’s all about!

    Just to let you know, I will be speaking at the April 6th Tuesdays with Transitioners group. I’ll be presenting the talk I would have given last Saturday had we not gotten so involved with actually ATTENDING all of the great sessions.


    I found the caliber of people attending and presenting to be outstanding and I walked away with a lot of “real time” information that I was able to apply right away. For example, there was a young lady in the break-out sessions named Catherine Barnes and she was invaluable in re-hauling my resume over completely to make it more effective.

    It was great to meet Joseph, what an outstanding young man. Seeing you and Rosie again after so many years was the icing on the cake!

    Many thanks looking forward to the next one!


    Martie Petrie

  7. Myke
    March 31, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I had a wonderful time and met some amazing people willing to share their time and talents. I want to thank all of the organizers, volunteers, presenters and sponsors for a chance to learn so much and share with others.

    Comments for the future:

    You need signs pointing the way to the various areas. I didn’t go to any breakouts in the lower picnic area but I didn’t notice signs pointing the way there or to the other areas i.e. room 3.

    Also – a board where people could post messages or requests might be helpful for someone needing a lift home.

    Hopefully, when you have your next camp in the area I will have put this experience to good use and will be working. Keep up the good work.

    Thank you.


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