Short answer: Nope.
Isn’t a digital portfolio like an online resume?
No, yeah. But, no.
Resume, cover letters, and even LinkedIn can tell employers only so much about you. What if you’re science major that can speak two languages? What if you are an English major but also a violinist? A chemist who loves to volunteer? The point is, there is more to you than your resume and cover letter. You’re awesome, show it off. Make me interested in what you’re interested in.
Aren’t digital portfolios for artists?
People want to be shown something, not told something.
Visuals are interesting and memorable.
Showing things that people are used to reading demonstrates creativity.
Digital Portfolios are digital places used to hold digital stuff. Much like actual portfolios:
Everyone needs something to hold their stuff. Everyone has digital stuff that needs to be held together. Conclusion: Digital Portfolios aren’t just for artists.
So, I am a [non-art] major, what do I put in my digital portfolio?
- Presentations, like SpARC
- Video recordings of you speaking a foreign language. (Showing and not just telling what you know.)
- Study abroad journals, reflections, photos
- Your resume, cv, and work
- You’re probably an artist but just didn’t know it.
- Photos and videos from experiences that relate to your academic growth (abroad, organization, internship, service project, etc.)
- Original artwork
- Performance piece
- Organize your web presence with plugins
- Social media, blogs, Linkedin, Flickr
- Rough drafts, works in progress, and screenshots of your work-flow
- CAD, Adobe Suite, other industry programs or applications
- Articles, journals, or books that you have read that are relevant to your field, a short reflection is a bonus.
- Get creative
How do I get started?
Free: Many free blog hosting services to choose from
- Google Blogger
- so many more
While free is awesome, it is limited in customization options, features, and plugins.
Paid: Pretty much the list above but not free.
You typically get more features out of this option, more flexibility, more plugins, themes, etc. Prices can range from about $50 to around $300 a year.
A domain is encouraged but certainly not required. You can start with a free account and later you can decide if getting a domain is right for you. If you decided to purchase your own domain you can migrate your content from your old site to your new one.
Once you pick a platform and get everything set up: add content.
There are many ways to organize your .com home. Some ideas:
- Just add stuff, then organize. This way is kind of messy but organic
- Create an outline (this would be your site map)
- Look at examples and then tweak
Even More Examples:
https://sites.google.com/a/lajunta.k12.co.us/4acresanatomyportfolio/standard-8-self-analysis – This is a H.S. AP Anatomy portfolio
http://mattwyatt.org/ – Environmental educator, LSU
http://www.megangtalley.com/ – Public Relations/Communication, LSU
http://jessicashambra.wix.com – Civil Engineering, LSU
http://www.logandelabarrehays.com/ – Linguistics, LSU
http://ead0012.wix.com/elizabethdevore – Electrical Engineering, Auburn
http://jag0038.wix.com/jgilpin – Biological Sciences, Auburn
http://jamiemcclintock.weebly.com/ – Professional and Public Writing, Auburn
http://rachelehelm.weebly.com/ – Ecological Engineer, Auburn
http://www.wherethehellismatt.com – Travel Blog by Matt Harding
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