What is a Portfolio?

A student Career Portfolio is a carefully selected collection of information that demonstrates a student's talents, interested, abilities, achievements and experiences. It documents the development of education/career goals and one's successful transition from school to work. 

One of the major premises of the portfolio model is that the student's entries will be evolving, developmental, and increasingly focused. Portfolios can be used in a variety of ways including:

  • In conferences with parents or teachers
  • In counselor or teacher advising sessions with students 
  • In interviews for a job or college
  • In planning for careers
  • In setting educational goals 

Indicated below are "suggestions" for items that might be included in a career portfolio:

  • Academic achievement
  • Career interests and plans
  • Community service
  • Cover letters
  • Demonstration of writing skills
  • Parent involvement
  • Test scores
  • Student awards and recognition
  • Work-based learning
  • Examples of projects
  • Exceptional skills
  • Co-curricular skills
  • Four year plan
  • Health records
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Student profile
  • Transcripts