Your Professional Portfolio

A portfolio can help you to organize and showcase your professional growth in ways that make you more competitive for the next step in your professional life (whether it be a job related to SLS, graduate study, or perhaps some other next step).

Your professional portfolio can be a hard-copy set of files that you keep in a box or file cabinet, or it can be an electronic portfolio. We strongly encourage you to develop an electronic portfolio, not just because it can look great, but also because it allows easy access for a potential employer or graduate selection committee — they merely have to click on a link that you provide.

Sample Portfolios

Here are a few samples of a range of personal styles and contents included in professional electronic portfolios that current students and alumni prepared in the capstone course (SLS 485: Professionalism in SLS).  (Note that consent was given for sharing these portfolios.)

 

For a complete listing of current students and alumni who have given permission to share their portfolios, click here.

 

Organizing your materials for your portfolio

If you major in SLS, you’ll make your own portfolio in the capstone course.  For hints on how to prepare for creating your portfolio, download this Guide to Professional Portfolios (a PDF file).