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									               Guide for Assisting in Your DPD Portfolio
                          Created by: Melissa Lucas

I.    Cover Page

                              (10 single spaces)

                      The Career Portfolio


                    (Type your name here)

                              (20 single spaces)

This portfolio is the work of (your name). Please do not copy without
permission. Some of the exhibits, work samples, and/or community service
examples are the proprietary property of the organization whose name
appears on the document. Each has granted permission for this product to be
used as a demonstration of my work.
The purpose of the portfolio is to allow the student to:

       •   Think about and plan your future
       •   Evaluate and demonstrate your progress towards your goals
       •   Identify learning experiences
       •   Reflect about what you have learned from your educational, professional, and
           volunteer experiences
       •   Record ongoing educational and professional work and accomplishments
       •   When completed, furnish a sense of accomplishment

Components of Your Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Portfolio:
I.         Cover Page
II.        Table of Contents
III.       Brief Biography
IV.        Resume
V.         Professional Goals/ Work Philosophy
VI.        Academic Competency Achievement
           A. Demonstration of coursework completed in DPD program
           B. Divide coursework into sections by area of dietetics (management, clinical,
               community, food science)
VII.       Professional Experience and Leadership (employment and volunteer experience)
VIII.      Honors, Awards, Scholarships, Special Recognitions
IX.        Demonstration of Hobbies or “Special Things About Me”

How to Put Your Portfolio Together:

•      Three to four inch 3-ring binders or leather zipper cases
•      Clear, plastic sheet protectors
•      Three ring tabs to separate sections of portfolio
•      Photo holders, zippered pouches, DVD plastic cases (if needed)
•      No handwritten work unless there is an instructor comment on coursework
•      Avoid staples, paper clips, and tape
•      Needs to be grammatically correct and NO SPELLING ERRORS
•      Font, margins, and tabs must be consistent
•      Use bullet points
•      Avoid cramping words together and have some white space on each page
•      Logical organization and order of material
I.       Cover Page
•     Example provided on page 1

II.      Table of Contents
•     Cover page
•     Biography
•     Resume
•     Professional Goals/ Work Philosophy
•     Academic Competency Achievements
•     Professional Experience and Leadership
•     Honors, Awards, Scholarships, Special Recognitions
•     Hobbies

III.     Biography
The biography should be in third person, as if someone is introducing you to a group of
people. Make it interesting and pleasant to read. It should be a brief overview of the

•     Summary of qualities and qualifications
•     Education
•     Work Experience
•     Memberships (i.e. SDFSA, ADA)
•     Leadership Roles
•     Community Service and Volunteer Activities
•     Professional Interests
•     Family and Hobbies (optional at the end)

IV.      Professional Goals/Work Philosophy
Goals should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time specific)

•     Plan a time line of 2 to 5 years
•     Make sure they can be measured
•     They must be specific, not vague
•     Write 3 to 5 goals
•     Goals should be professional, not too personal

Think about the following points when developing professional goals:
• Reflect on your strengths, weaknesses, and interests
•     Reflect on what you enjoyed the most during course work or professional experience
•     What are your learning needs to accomplish the short and long-term goals?
•     Prepare a proposed plan to accomplish your learning needs (what do you need to do?)
•     Put the proposed plan into action
•     Organize by documenting what you have done so far
•     Review your progress over the last few years
•     Evaluate what you have learned and how it will help you obtain your goals
•     As you accomplish your goals, revise and write updated goals

Include a work philosophy before/after goals stating your outlook on life in the nutrition
industry, why you are pursuing this career, why it’s important, your envision of this field

V.       Academic Competency
•     Include required or recommended coursework from DPD classes
•     Divide coursework with tabs by field of dietetics including management, clinical,
      community, and food science
•     Include a reflective statement for each class and/or project (what did you learn and
      how did it help you reach your goals?)
•     Examples include: presentations, research projects, case studies, business plans (or
      other management projects), meal planning projects, anything created in a class
      (handout, lesson plan), report on special interest, independent study projects, etc.

VI.      Professional Experience and Leadership
•     Employed, volunteered, and community service experience in dietetics
•     Additional examples include: Letter of recommendation from employer, performance
      evaluations, employee awards, recognition in an employee newsletter, pictures of you
      in the workplace, references, and contact details

VII. Honors, Awards, Scholarships, Special Recognitions
Examples include:
• Letter of Dean’s List Honor
• Student Organization Awards
• Letter of scholarships awarded
• Special honors such as valedictorian or salutatorian
• Awards for participation in an event
• Copy of degree, transcripts, or special training
• Pictures of student membership involvement, activities, fundraisers, conferences,
   presentations, etc.
• Make pictures self explanatory by including a brief summary or title
VIII. Hobbies and Special Skills

•   What separates you from other people?
•   Examples include, athletics, music, writing talents, handouts, charts, graphs designed
    by computer software, study abroad documentation, CPR certification, etc.

                Examples of Skills to Include in Your Portfolio

Examples of Hard Skills:
Food Preparation
• Menu formulation
• Food preparation
• Purchasing
• Budgeting

Food Safety
• Health, safety, and issues in food consumption (HACCP guidelines)
• Nutrient composition of foods
• Food laws and regulations

• Patient assessment and screening skills
• Patient care plan development
• Documentation techniques
• Case study documentation

Nutrition in Disease
• Nutrient metabolism
• Principles of medical nutrition therapy for various diseases
• Principles of nutritional support in critical care

Examples of soft skills:

•   Teamwork (respecting others opinions, group solutions to problems)
•   Presentation skills (leading a meeting, promoting ideas in a meeting)
•   Communications skills (verbal/non-verbal, phone skills, writing e-mails/letters,
    proposal writing, interacting with co-workers, listening, writing in medical records,
•   Leadership (heading a project, training others, delegating, managing conflict,
    problem solving, organizations skills, create, innovate)
•   Other skills (multi-tasking, good judgement, decision making, customer service,
    working with diverse population, work ethic, self-discipline)
Helpful Resources
Creating Your Career Portfolio, Williams, et al, Prentice-Hall, 2005, obtained from

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