Start by asking "What will I use it for?"
- A record of my school history
- A repository for applications to graduate school
- To store my tuition statements
- To house my transcript(s)
- A record of my work history:
- summer work
- Copies of my contracts or collective agreements
- Self-assessment results
- A record of workshops and counselling appointments I've had at the Career Centre
All of the above
When in doubt, include it all
Career Cruising and the Portal both allow you to choose what you want to show to
prospective visitors. Just because it's in the portfolio you've made
doesn't mean it needs to be in the portfolio you share.
In other words, you can put everything in there, and choose what to show and what
to hide later. So be as detailed as possible!
Key items to include
- Volunteer activities
- Extra-curricular activities
- Employment history
- Samples: projects or presentations from both work and school
- Educational achievements or awards
- Career Centre-related activities (such as events and appointments you have attended,
particularly those related to your personalized career development plan)
What should I leave out?
Don’t include anything you feel is unprofessional for your intended audience
to see. This audience may include at various times program admissions officers,
potential employers, and career counsellors. You
want each of them to make a fair and objective assessment of your skills and experiences,
but you don’t want them to be distracted by unrelated or unimportant information.
Remember: there’s a difference between how you present yourself as a person
and how you present yourself as a candidate.
Take a look at this
example from Florida State University to see what you might include in your
own Career Portfolio.