Career Portfolio Description
Throughout your academic career you will accumulate documents that represent work that you have produced. The Career Portfolio assists you in organizing and presenting these documents to potential employers. The Career Portfolio is intended to be interdisciplinary and contains work produced across the curriculum and through your involvement in extracurricular and experiential education activities. Together with assistance from NJIT faculty and academic and career advisors, the Career Portfolio will help you effectively promote your skills and competencies as a well-rounded and highly-skilled graduate.
Your Career Portfolio materials include a binder, cover sheet, spine, and pre-printed dividers that organize your Career Portfolio into the nine sections described below. The Portfolio cover sheet can be customized to include your name and homepage address. Using any word processing software, create and center your text as shown on the sample provided. You may then feed the pre-printed cover sheet through your printer. When completed, replace the existing sheet contained on your binder with your customized cover sheet. Be sure to also insert the spine.
Career Portfolio Sections
Samples of the following Career Portfolio sections are accessible by clicking onto the links that appear below.
Resume: A document that summarizes educational and job experience, and promotes a student's strengths and achievements to employers.
Portfolio Brief: A supplement to the resume and academic transcript, that includes information about specific skills and accomplishments developed through classroom, employment, and extra-curricular activities.
Problem Solving: Written examples of activities that demonstrate a student's ability to recognize, analyze, and resolve problems through independent and group action. May include homework, laboratory write-ups, work experience, etc.
Decision-Making: Written examples of activities that demonstrate a student's ability to establish goals, evaluate options, determine resources, consider risks, and select the best alternative.
Written Communications: Documents that demonstrate a student's ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in writing. May include reports, articles, letters, etc.
Verbal Communications: Recorded or written documents that demonstrate a student's ability to clearly and succinctly communicate ideas and information. May include video, digital, tape recordings, or a written chronology of presentations including classroom presentations, club or organization speeches, and presentations, etc.
Leadership: Positions held that demonstrate a student's ability to lead, direct, or provide guidance to others for the purpose of attaining a specific goal. May include involvement in clubs, student government, sports, work experience, etc.
Teamwork: Examples of a student's involvement in group activities directed toward attaining a common goal. May include clubs, student government, sports, work experience, class projects, etc.
Volunteerism: Activities that demonstrate a student's involvement in community service or charitable organizations. May include non-paid activities that support the interests of non-profit organizations or individuals in need.