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What is a Portfolio?

A portfolio is a powerful and convincing way to demonstrate your achievements to future employers over and above the standard résumé.

Portfolio education is an experience that focuses on you, the learner. Its purpose is to enable you to answer these three questions in terms of your life goals:

  1. Where am I now?
  2. Where do I want to be?
  3. How do I get there?

Portfolio education is about your development as a person, and as a growing professional. The goal is to help you make sense of your learning and to plan for your future.

The portfolio process is unique to each learner, and the presentation of the evidence of learning is equally as unique. As a learner you will develop a collection of evidence of your work as part of your study at NSCC. This evidence of knowledge and skills can be a powerful and convincing way to demonstrate your achievements. Collecting tangible evidence of your skills and knowledge throughout your program is a good way to become aware of your own development.

A portfolio approach to learning is a process and a practice that allows you to know and talk about yourself as a learner, profile your skilled self, and highlight how your learning transfers from one setting to another in order for you to achieve your life, work, and learning goals. (NSCC, n.d.)

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Using and Maintaining Your Portfolio

As a tool for organizing thoughts and boosting confidence, a career portfolio is unbeatable. But once it’s created, how is it actually used at an interview? After driving home the importance of thoroughly researching every target company and customizing the portfolio for each job opportunity, this program demonstrates the use of the portfolio to leave a prospective employer with a very favorable impression.

Using and maintaining your portfolio [Video file]. (2000). Retrieved from http://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=107751&xtid=11351