2Agenda Portfolios: What are they and how can they help? Master and Targeted PortfoliosPreparing a PortfolioDeveloping Occupational Goal StatementsDeveloping Personal Mission StatementsPulling It All TogetherStyle TipsOnline PortfoliosUsing Your Portfolio
3What is a Portfolio?Portfolios contain evidence of your knowledge, skills and abilities in the form of real documentatione.g. transcripts, thank you letters, resume, cover letterPortfolios demonstrateWhat you’ve learnedWhat you knowWhat you can do
4A Portfolio Can Help To… Assess your knowledge and skillsPrepare for interviewsReview and evaluate past experiences and learningPresent your knowledge and skillsHighlight your transferrable skillsCreate a personal databaseIncrease your personal confidence
5Use a Portfolio To… Identify knowledge and skills Identify new options and choicesRecognize a need or desire for further learningPlan a career and learn about yourselfSearch for a jobGain credit in post-secondary institutions
6Master Portfolio Contains all of your items or “artefacts” Useful for Organize by themes (e.g. job descriptions, course outlines)Useful forKeeping track of life and academic experiencesAssisting in creating your resume and cover letterHelping to prepare for interviews
7Targeted Portfolios Tailored for a specific purpose Demonstrate skills to apply for a promotionShow an employer during an interviewTarget your portfolio byGathering sources of relevant information (e.g. job description)Writing down skills, experience, and other qualities neededReviewing your master portfolio and selecting appropriate items
8Preparing a Master Portfolio Step 1: Reflect: Identify knowledge, skills, and abilitiesStep 2: Gather evidenceStep 3: Group evidence into themesStep 4: Organize and assemble
9Building a portfolio is a process. Although the process will take time,it will become just as important as the product.
10Step 1: Reflect Reflect on the skills you’ve developed through Work experiencesCourse workInternshipsVolunteeringLife experiencesSome skills will be specific (e.g. using a specific machine)Some skills will be transferrable (e.g. communication)
11Step 2: Gather Evidence Collect everything that might be relevant Choose the best items to put in your portfolioReview each item; ensure it’sFree of errorsReliable and authenticCurrentAppropriateCollect items on an ongoing basis
12Step 3: Group Evidence Into Themes Identify themes or sectionsAccomplishmentsSkills, knowledge, and experienceSchool, education, and trainingTeamworkLeadership
13Step 4: Organize and Assemble Write each theme on a piece of paperSpread themes on a large table or floorSort contents into most relevant themePlace in your portfolioCreate a table of contents
14Developing Occupational Goal Statements Describe short and long term goalsSimilar to a job objective but not aimed at an employerCan help keep you focussedKeep goal statements in your portfolio
15Developing Personal Mission Statements The Statement should:Reflect who you areLet the reader know your goals in work and lifeHelp you stay focuses on the things most important to you
16Putting it all Together Select a logical order for your itemsIntroductionTitle pageTable of contentsPersonal statementGoals and plansResumeLetter of recommendationSummary of knowledge, skills, and experiencesEvidence
17Design Tips Store your portfolio items in Choose an option that will BinderPortfolio caseAccordion fileWebsite (online)Choose an option that willKeep your portfolio the most organizedBe easiest for you to maintain
18Style Tips Keep more than one copy of each item Ensure originals are kept safeUse clear plastic coversProtects documentsHelps avoid hole punchingCreate tabsPage dividers work well in a binder portfolio
19Why Go Online? Save paper and “go green” Easy and quick to update Supports multi-mediaLess expensive
20get permission from contacts before uploading their personal information online Remember...
21Building Your Online Portfolio Identify relevant itemsScan all paper-based items into your computerSave all content in one folderCreate themesIdentify the online tool or “webspace”
22Using Your Portfolio Planning your career Evaluating job opportunities What have you accomplished? What’s next?Evaluating job opportunitiesDo you have required skills? Are there any gaps?Preparing for an interviewWhat items do you want to highlight?Completing educationWhat prior learning can you demonstrate?
23Presenting Your Portfolio Carefully select relevant itemsPlace items in logical orderBring extra photocopies of key documentsEnsure Internet is available for online portfoliosBe ready to speak about each item
24Remember Use photocopies Keep information organized Include testimonialsOrganize items effectivelyTailor your portfolio for each useInclude photographs of projects
25Your portfolio is a reflection of who you are and what you have accomplished...don’t hesitate to show off!
26SummaryBuilding a portfolio is a process; the process takes time and effortMaintaining it is simple, but importantMake photocopies of original documentsCustomize your portfolio for different purposes or audiencesCollect relevant items; select the best to includeSelecting a portfolio style is a personal preferenceCreating a web-based portfolio is a popular optionReview your portfolio before an interview to refresh your memory aboutKnowledge, skills, abilities, accomplishments, and qualifications