Creating a Professional Portfolio A tool for career exploration and marketing your skills + experience
Agenda Get to know you Some “Take Aways” The Career Journey: A 10-year self- reflection The Career Journey: A 20-year self- reflection Introduction to Professional Portfolios Why create a portfolio? What to include in your portfolio Dos and Don’ts How Effective are Professional Portfolios?
Some “Take Aways”• Your career path is not a point A to point B journey, rather an exploration that will take you to multiple destinations.• Take the time to observe and understand the context of where you are at.• Take the time to research and take advantage of the opportunities available to you.• Spend the time to reflect on what you have learned from your activities, coursework, internships, jobs, etc. AND document it!
Why Create a Portfolio?• Personal development and self-reflection• Career exploration• Job search skills and tools• Promote yourself while networking and seeking a job or internship
What to include in yourportfolio?• Resume* • Featured articles• Reference list* • Honors, awards,• Letters of references* scholarships,• Accomplishments • In-class projects• Brochures • Licenses or certificates for• Conferences, workshops, specific trainings seminars attended • Professional affiliations• Public • Transcripts speaking/presentations or • Writing samples performances• Performance reports, appraisals (e.g. internship and job evaluations)• Description of academic study• Description of internships
Dos and Don’tsDo: Have extra copies of your portfolio materials. Change the contents of your portfolio (except for resume and reference list) to show samples of work that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Ask for written recommendations from each employer or supervisor.Don’t: Misrepresent your qualifications. (See article from Boston Globe “Harvard missed signs it was being hoodwinked” by Tracy Jan on December 28, 2010.) Include documents or artifacts that are clearly not your own or you do not have permission to put in your portfolio.
How effective areprofessional portfolios?September 20, 2009Mieko,I got a new job!!!Ill be working as a Research Assistant in a position jointly funded by the ParksDepartment and the Forest Service.I cant help but think that your advice on portfolio building really made thedifference. After a meeting with them, where I showed them my previous work,resume, letters of recommendation (thanks again!), and my transcript, they toldme that my professionalism and organization seemed excellent. Based on thatassessment they created this position for me.Again, I think the portfolio really made the whole thing happen. And without you,that wouldnt have been the case. My deepest gratitude is for you.Dexter Locke, Class of 2009
Questions? Contact Info Mieko A. Ozekimozeki@gmail.com