Career Portfolio: Culminating
Thursday April 5th, 2012
Your CAREER PORTFOLIO provides clear information about what you have learned in your
Careers class and its presented in a professional interview ready format. It is used to highlight
your skills and knowledge and shows the quality and variety of work you are capable of doing.
The portfolio contents must be arranged and presented in a presentation binder (see sample).
Each section must include a title page with a table of contents, followed by the
items/evidence for that section, followed by reflective writing (note--please write a paragraph
explaining each item and your developing self-knowledge and how this relates to your future
education and career pathways. Follow the outline below:
Part A: ALL ABOUT ME
1. All About Me (3 ITEMS)
For this you are to include your Personality Profile Assignment, and from that you
are to select 3 items that helped you to learn the most about your interests, skills,
abilities and values:
Choose from the following personality surveys and inventories:
Who Am I (booklets)
My Skills Check list (handout)
Values Auction (guidance visit & handout)
Personality Dimensions (guidance visit & handout)
Data, people, things, Quiz (online quiz)
Work Preference Quiz (online quiz)
Work Values Quiz (online quiz)
Career Cruising (online/choose any 4 assignments)
2. Reflection on Your "All About Me" Section
Write a paragraph explaining each item you chose and what story it
tells us about you.
Explain what you have learned from each of your selected items and
what each item says about you.
Include new insight you have about yourself
Explain the implications of this self knowledge you gained from the
careers course learning activities, lectures and personal inventories
Explain how this learning will impact future behaviours in school
(curricularly and extra-curricularly), and outside of school in
relationships with peers and adults and furthermore how it will impact
your future career choices and pathways.
Part B: EVIDENCE OF STUDENT SKILLS
1. Evidence of Student Skills (3 ITEMS)
Include items that reflect success/achievement, learning styles, dominant
intelligences and learning abilities.
What you could include here:
School transcript, report cards, progress reports (must be recent
reports-within the year)
Letters of reference or notes from teachers supporting your
How Are You Smart (Multiple Intelligence online quiz)
Learning Styles (online quiz)
Abilities Quiz (online quiz)
Assessments of assignments with comments from teachers on them
2. Reflection on Your Student Skills
Discuss how these items demonstrate your student skills. If for example you did
not do well in a subject, then later improved in that subject, discuss how you
overcame that challenge and accomplished your improvement goals.
Here are some sentence prompts on how you can start this reflection:
I have included these items because……………….
By completing this section I learned that………………..
The way I can use what I learned in this section for my future is ……………….
Part C: EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
1. Verification of Employability Skills (3 ITEMS)
Include items that show your employability skills—for example look at the
Conference Board of Canada Employability Skills Profile (see website above) and
select 1-item or piece of evidence for each one of the following employability skills
Listed in the Conference Board of Canada Employability skills Profile:
Personal Management Skills
You need to show ONE example of your Fundamental Skills.
School work, essays, math tests, science labs
Technical skills: computer work, CD ROMS, videos you've made
Transcripts, academic recognition, awards (Math award,
Drama award etc.), Honour Roll
You need to show ONE example of your Personal Management Skills.
Extracurricular course (something you take outside of regular school)
Awards for recognition: effort, citizenship
Letters of recommendation from teachers/employers/leaders
Work in the community
You need to show ONE example of your Teamwork Skills.
Membership in clubs/organizations
Certificates: effort, contributions, group assignments in school
2. Reflection on Employability Skills
Discuss why you included each item and how it demonstrates your
Explain what you learned from each item listed above and how your skills in
each of these areas makes you a desirable candidate for a part time job in
your immediate future or a full-time career in the work place.
Part D: SKILLS-BASED RESUME
1. Skills-Based Resume (1 ITEM)
Include the guided skills-based resume you complete in class
Ensure that Turbo language is used when describing your skills
2. Reflection on Your Resume
Discuss what you learned by doing your resume.
What does the resume tell a potential employer about you?
What areas of your resume would you like to improve in terms of
demonstrating a more diverse set of skills?
Part E: POST SECONDARY ACTION PLAN
1. Post Secondary Action Plan (2 ITEMS)
Include assignment no. 4 from your career cruising days in the computer lab
Include a printout from the post secondary institution’s website with the
program information and perquisite information about the program you
are considering for your future. Note: make sure it is an undergraduate
program (for example; if you are thinking about becoming a lawyer, you
have to do an undergraduate degree in anything really before applying to
law school—in other words you need an undergraduate university degree
before you can apply to law school.
2. Reflection on Career Action Plan
Discuss what you learned in the careers class that convinced you that your
post secondary plans are appropriate for you.
Discuss your high school educational plan (for grades 11 and 12)—what
prerequisites do you plan on taking in grades 11 and 12 to set you up
appropriately for your selected post secondary program?
As you are making these plans, how do interpret ‘Johnny Bunko’s
essential career lesson no.1 “There is no plan” really mean as you
begin to carve out a plan for your future?
Part F Career Studies Summary
Summarize in one page what you have learned in this course and its
implication for your life (i.e. your personality and how it effects
peer & adult relationships, facing an unknowable and ever changing future,
managing school life and learning as well as other responsibilities (part time jobs
community volunteer hours, extra-curricular activities) and finally dealing
with other peoples expectations for your life, etc. To WOW me, use quotes
from lectures, movies and discussions we had in class that directly links your
learning in this course.