The Electronic Career Portfolio
Career Services Pilot Program
Woodbury Career Services will provide support to create a pilot program for junior and
senior level students who are interested in developing an electronic career portfolio.
The Electronic Career Portfolio is an interactive tool that will allow you to record, reflect
upon, and evaluate your experiences, both in and out of class.
The Career Portfolio is designed to help you –
Connect learning opportunities with competencies that employers and clients need
Integrate your curricular and co-curricular experiences -- e.g., academic advising,
career counseling, courses, internships, leadership activities
Utilize technology to promote active learning, career preparation, and employment
Electronic portfolio templates provide a format in which to build a detailed portfolio of your
skills, experiences and accomplishments, including your resume, references, transcripts and
even samples of your work. You can document your activities and reflect upon experiences
where you have developed skills & competencies through co-curricular involvement.
Building information about your knowledge and experience in the specific categories to
create your career portfolio will enable you to:
Develop strategic planning skills that prepare you for your internship or job search
Become aware of the importance of identifying and developing general workforce skills
Identify learning opportunities that foster workforce skills
Know how to communicate and market workforce skills to potential employers
The Career Portfolio is an opportunity to create and document your learning and activities in
relation to standards of achievement in professional education.
Once completed, the Career Portfolio will document your pattern of achievement and can
facilitate your connection with people and resources to find the right work in the right
The model that we are using for the career portfolio can be found at the Florida State
University Career Center website. For more information on their program, go to:
Career Portfolio Pilot Program
Career Services will initiate a pilot group to create electronic career portfolios for interested
junior and senior level students in the Spring Semester 2006. The portfolio templates will be
comprised of the following categories:
Skills and Experience Matrix
The Career Portfolio provides a means for you to assess your progress, document your
achievements, and reflect upon your activities in and outside of class. You will build your
on-line Career Portfolio in five sections:
Skills Matrix: Document experience and coursework that has contributed to your
development of nine basic skill areas from the Self-Reliance Concept, and import
information from your curricular and co-curricular transcripts. You have the opportunity to
reflect and describe how a particular experience led to the development of a career and life
Profile: Develop your unique biographical sketch or brief introduction to our career
portfolio. The profile section will be the first page a referred user will see when viewing your
portfolio and allows you to say something about your background and future plans.
Resume: Upload your resume directly into the Career Portfolio.
References: Enter contact information for people who can serve as reference for you.
Artifacts: Upload samples of your work in a variety of formats. You may want to include
writing samples, Powerpoint presentations, CAD designs, research papers, artwork,
animation clips, links to Web sites, or other artifacts that show the scope and quality of your
The two remaining sections of the Career Portfolio Main Menu allow you to personalize the
portfolio and to reflect on your learning and experiences.
Manage Your Portfolio File
Customize versions of your Career Portfolio and provide access to referred users.
Link to schedule of career development activities / Student Organizations and Programs /
Link to Career Center job site: ecampusrecruiter.com/woodbury
Principles in Career Management
Career Self-Reliance and Personal Agency are career management concepts that
Woodbury Career Services has been promoting for many years. These concepts are
consistent with employment trends that you will find in today’s workplace. Career Self-
Reliance is the ability to actively manage your work life in a rapidly changing environment. It
is the idea of being self-employed, whether you are working within or outside of an
As a Self-Reliant Individual :
you are aware of the changing world of work
you take responsibility for your career and personal development, and
you are able to manage your relationship with work and with learning
throughout all stages of life.
Personal Agency means that you:
Assume responsibility for the future and an orientation toward lifelong learning
Depend on your own initiative; Assume that personal involvement is key to success
Are aware of and appreciate cultural differences; Exhibit friendly professionalism
View the future with imagination; consider change as positive and necessary
Believe good interpersonal relations is an employee’s responsibility
Cooperate with teams and strive for relationships to enhance career opportunities
Take advantage of opportunities to develop new skills
Strive to perform to the best of your ability at all times
The plan for developing a “self-employed” attitude might encompass the following:
a regular inventory of your skills and accomplishments
exploring and seeking out information about your industry and specific companies
getting involved and discovering ways in which you can make a contribution
sharing your plans and feelings with your friends, advisor, or mentor.
Create Meaning in Your Work
Skills for the creation of meaningful work will include --
assessing yourself ; taking risks based on what you know and believe
learning from feedback ; prioritizing your needs; asking for guidance and support
listening to others; recognizing opportunity; differentiating yourself
deferring gratification and maintaining the discipline necessary to work incrementally
toward your goal
talking with yourself in an encouraging manner in order to overcome obstacles
articulating what you have to offer and sharing your plans
taking responsibility for your actions
talking with influential people about your needs; selling your ideas to others
reflecting on your mistakes and successes and learning from them
rewarding yourself for taking risks and staying the course.
All self-actualized people have a cause they believe in a vocation they are devoted to. They seem to do what they
do for the sake of ultimate, final values…which seem intrinsically worthwhile.
- Abraham Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature