By: Amber McCraw, Assistant Director of Career Services, School of Communications
At this point, our iMedia students are several months into a 10-month intensive program. And, while it feels like they just started, it is already time to start thinking about life after iMedia – I know, hard to believe right?
You’ve been reading posts about all of the great things the students are learning, the skills they are gaining, and the experiences they have been and will be privy to. A couple weeks ago, there was a post about the draft for Fly-ins. Along with all of the other experiences the students are gaining, this is an incredible and unique opportunity for students to participate in and expand on their skills.
While our students are gaining these experiences, it is important for them to remember that now is the time to start bragging about them. What I mean is this: these are the experiences and skills that they should be promoting on a resume, their LinkedIn, and their website/ePortfolio. I want to focus on the ePortfolio because this is the most time-consuming piece. Often times, I will recommend a student use a platform such as Weebly, Wix, or WordPress to create their ePortfolio, but our iMedia students are learning to code, so they have the skills to create their own, which is a little more time-consuming. Below are some tips to keep in mind when creating an ePortfolio.
- Choose a website name
- Each section should be its own page (Resume, Contact, About Me) and I recommend labeling pages based on skill (i.e. Writing, Design, Photography, etc)
- Build a site map to organize your content
- Get prior approval for client work
- Provide context for the work you include
- Make sure your ePortfolio promotes your career goals and matches your profession
- Choose your best work that aligns with the skills you want to promote
- Keep it simple and easy to navigate
- Embed videos to keep visitors from having to navigate away from your page
- Let your personality shine through
In today’s market, employers expect candidates to have ePortfolios. While a resume can tell an employer what you can do, an ePortfolio shows them what you can do. For our students, who are creating so many visual pieces, this is pertinent for their job search. It also provides a way for people to contact them for freelance or contract work as well.
If you haven’t started creating your ePortfolio, no worries! You’ve got plenty of time. Start thinking about the things you want to include, such as your Capstone project and work from your Fly-ins. Then, make an appointment with me to get feedback and advice as you start creating your tool kit (ePortfolio, Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn).
Happy Learning & Creating!