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The Design and Use of a Career Portfolio to Promote Student Career Development. Jill Lumsden Katie Meyer Robert Reardon James P. Sampson, Jr. Florida State University. March 2006. Presentation Outline. Portfolio Goals and Potential Outcomes Process for Successful Portfolio Use

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the design and use of a career portfolio to promote student career development

The Design and Use of a Career Portfolio to Promote Student Career Development

Jill Lumsden

Katie Meyer

Robert Reardon

James P. Sampson, Jr.

Florida State University

March 2006

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Portfolio Goals and Potential Outcomes
  • Process for Successful Portfolio Use
  • Employer Evaluations
  • Student Evaluation
goals of the fsu career portfolio
Goals of the FSU Career Portfolio
  • Educate students about workforce skills
  • Connect students with opportunities to develop skills
  • Provide students with a mechanism for students to document their skills
  • Market students’ skills to employers or graduate schools
goals in finland
Goals in Finland
  • Help students in Finland make their individual study plan
  • Evaluate progress in:
    • Achieving competencies
    • Setting new goals
  • Provide a means for discussing progress in leaning and completing their program of studies
  • Provide data for quality assurance
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Goals in Finland
  • Help faculty in Finland to identify their competencies
  • Provides one element for faculty evaluation for new and existing faculty members
potential outcomes
Potential Outcomes
  • Developing strategic career planning skills
  • Using career resources and services when needed
  • Identifying and completing experiences for gaining skills
  • Identifying skills and describing related experiences each semester
  • Documenting the evidence of skills obtained
process for portfolio use
Process for Portfolio Use

Repeat to develop additional skills

Identify Each Skill and Describe the Related Experiences

Identify Experiences for Developing Skills

Document Skills with Artifacts

Develop Profile

Complete Experiences

Provide Employer or Graduate School Access to the Portfolio

Obtain Employment or Graduate School Admission

Identify Employers and Positions

Obtain References

Develop Resume

options for portfolio use
Options for Portfolio Use
  • Self-help use
  • Use with brief staff-assisted support provided by faculty, academic advisors, and career counselors
    • Courses, academic advising, career planning classes, outreach presentations, and career advising
  • Use with individual case-managed services available from career counselors
    • Career counseling
factors contributing to successful portfolio use
Factors Contributing to Successful Portfolio Use
  • Early use of the Portfolio
  • Early identification and use of learning experiences for developing skills
  • Regular updating of experiences, skills, artifacts, and resume
  • Seeking assistance when needed
portfolio usage
Portfolio Usage
  • Student Users 16,048
  • Female 8,827
  • Male 7,221
  • Active Portfolios* 9,430
  • Inactive Portfolios* 7,918
  • *includes non-student users
portfolio usage by classification
Portfolio Usage by Classification
  • Freshmen 891
  • Sophomores 2,225
  • Juniors 2,855
  • Seniors 7,114
  • Graduate 2,312
  • Other 651
portfolio usage skills cited
Portfolio UsageSkills Cited
  • Communication 4,042
  • Leadership 1,859
  • Teamwork 1,657
  • Creativity 1,641
  • Technical/Scientific 1,546
  • Critical Thinking 1,121
  • Social Responsibility 1,112
  • Research/Project Development 979
  • Life Management 816
portfolio usage artifacts
Portfolio UsageArtifacts
  • Average Number of Artifacts 2.3
  • Top Five Artifact Types
      • Word Documents
      • PowerPoint Presentations
      • Image
      • Microsoft Works
      • Rich Text Format
portfolio evaluation
Portfolio Evaluation
  • Employer surveys
    • Interest in portfolios
    • Usability and effectiveness
    • Familiarity, access, and effectiveness
    • Importance of components
  • Student survey
    • Evaluation
implications
Implications

Employers endorsed the Career Portfolio as easy to use and effective in assessing and validating candidates’ skills.

online evaluation
Online Evaluation
  • Evaluation of Career Portfolio System
  • Participants: Students Required to Complete Career Portfolio
  • Method: Electronic Survey
  • Number of Responses: 96
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Implications
  • Students endorsed the Career Portfolio as
    • Easy to use and effective in evaluating and documenting their skills
    • Important in identifying opportunities for developing skills before graduation
    • Important in relating their skills to their career goals
    • Important in communicating their skills to potential employers
questions discussion

Questions & Discussion

For more information, please visit:

http://www.career.fsu.edu/portfolio/info.html

Thank You

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