Creating a professional portfolio will be vital in helping you secure graduate level employment:
Quality not Quantity
Update it regularly
It represents you
Whilst the quantity of experience you have is important employers are more interested in seeing the quality of your design work. Ensure that the quality of your work stands out.
Your porfolio will grow and develop as you gain experience and knowledge. Regularly review the content of your portfolio and give due consideration to what employers will be looking for.
Like your CV, your portfolio is a representation of you. Ask yourself, and ask others, what impression does your portfolio give? Or what impression do you want it to give? You want it to show the quality of your work, the skills you possess and the experience you have.
Create an online portfolio
Whilst this will seem like an obvious point to many it is important. Think about what platform you want to use or how you want to develop it. For web designers this will be a bit easier and you will have a number of options. For others you might look at Wordpress, SquareSpace and PortfolioBox.
You will have your own opinion on the quality of your portfolio but you need to seek advice and feedback from others so that you can continue to develop it. Your Career Development Consultant, lecturers and your own network can offer you the opportunity to get those honest opinions that can inform the development of your portfolio.
Writing accurately and with good, articulate language will create a positive impression. Writing without care will lead to mistakes and an unprofessional image being portrayed. Take your time, draft and redraft content and get several people to look over your content.
1. Pick your platform
Find some excellent examples of portfolios from others within your profession and learn from them. Picking the right platform is crucial. Make sure it is one that allows you to present your portfolio and its content in the best way possible.
2. Show off your skills and experience
Your portfolio is representing you and the reader will be judging you on it. Ensure that it creates the right impression, is clearly laid out, had the right content and demonstrates the skills and qualities you have.
3. Seek feedback from a number of people
Once you have created your portfolio, or a draft of it, seek feedback from a range of people. Possibly your Career Development Consultant, a lecturer and someone else.
4. Make your portfolio evolve as you do
Everyone develops with experience and your portfolio should reflect that. Add new projects as you complete them.
Building your brand with a Skills Portfolio