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PDIT s3 w3 13/14

Portfolio Building

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PDIT: Portfolio Building
Your Portfolio Plan
The Placement

9-15 months (traditionally 12 months)
Complete four assessments
Assigned a Work-based Learning Advisor (support, visits)
Gain Certificate of Graduate Professional Experience
Worth 30 credits
Can replace the two lowest Part 3 modules – could potentially improve your degree classification!
Opportunity to transfer to the Professional Pathway Scheme after completion
Produce a portfolio of work and achievements for graduate recruitment
Placements on Offer web page (accessible via Moodle) - vacancy board.
Work with your PDIT Tutor to secure a placement (careers & recruitment information, advice and guidance).
Attend careers events/workshops arranged by the PLU and the Careers Service.
In semester 2 the PLU will run five 'placement workshops' - these sessions will be dedicated to placement searches, applications and interviews.
Writing a Professional CV
Curriculum Vitae
Outlines your education & qualifications, employment/work experience, skills and competencies
Your own personal marketing tool, a chance to emphasise your strengths – sell yourself!
Your opportunity to stand out from the crowd – individualise your CV
A fluid document, one that should be constantly evolving
Often the first document an employer will see – first impressions count!!
Get started, this summer
Create a Linkedin Profile (Portfolio Plan)
Learning Outcomes
You've established your goals
You've even worked out the finer details by using the 'milestone' planning technique
But how do you actually develop the skills and gain the experience you need in order to achieve them?
Answer: by identifying & engaging with portfolio activities, relevant & valuable to each goal
ACTIVITY: Understanding the value of opportunities
Divide in to groups, each group to be allocated one of the following opportunities:
1) Part-time work
2) Skills development (self study)
3) Clubs/societies/attending events
4) Placement/Internship
Evaluate the benefits of the opportunity in terms of how it could help you develop professionally.

You have 10 mins, before you present back.
The Portfolio Plan
NB: not the full list
Consider which portfolio activities will help you to achieve your goals
If there are activities you aim to engage with that are NOT on the list, add these to the list
Add the date you intend to have completed the activity
Link them to your Professional Development Plan by adding the goal number (in the comments)
Assessment 1c: The Portfolio Plan
ACTIVITY: Identifying activities for your goals
Select ONE of your goals.
Identify the Portfolio Activities which will help you to achieve this goal.
Add a deadline to indicate the date by which you wish to have completed this by.
Provide any further detail regarding milestones/required prior activity or resources needed.
Leave 'Appendix' blank - this will be used for Assessment 3
Summer Internships
Use the summer months effectively
An alternative to doing a one-year placement
Develop relevant skills and experience to enhance your prospects of securing a placement
Contract could extend to become a placement
Money, reference, portfolio building
An alternative to this - a summer job (as apposed to a formal internship)
Invaluable work experience
Significantly enhances your employability
Sets you apart from other graduates
Catapults you towards being an
IT professional
Greater earning potential upon

Essential Information
Contact details – name (both pages), address, tel no and email
Education – including your current course! Dates, place of study, course, module info, results/grades
Employment History – dates, company, job title, duties/responsibilities
Skills Profile – technical AND non-technical skills (spend time creating this, you will have more skills than you think, derive these from education, work and your personal life)
Use your Skills Profile Self Assessment
Include level and examples
References – "available upon request"
Display information in anti-chronological order – most recent first
Desirable Information
Personal profile – if you have particular strengths and experience that set you apart from your peers, add a
Projects/Achievements/Additional info – add examples that could add value and demonstrate your skills & experience
Professional qualifications – your Portfolio Development Option! State that you are ‘working towards……’
Hobbies/interests – add if you have
something of interest
which could provide a talking point or illustrate an interesting side to you
This information adds value; it emphasises and evidences your skills, experience and personality
Ways to Enhance your CV
Ordering - add the most important info on the front page, eg not your hobbies!
List IT skills developed underneath the source of development i.e. underneath your current course
Expand upon your work responsibilities – sell your experience
Add adjectives to describe your skills/competencies e.g. excellent, competent, proficient, skilled, confident etc. Use the ‘CV Terminology’ in the handbook for more guidance.
Tailor your CV to the type of job you are applying for
Emphasis headings/text
Professional alignment - columns, tabs – NOT the space bar – show off your Word skills
Keep to 2 pages, avoid large areas of white space

Dos and Don'ts
The five most common mistakes recruiters see on a typical IT job seeker’s CV are:

1) Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (70%)
2) No clear demonstration of technical skills (64%)
3) Too lengthy (43%)
4) Rambling (41%)
5) Listing irrelevant skills (30%)
(TotalJobs Group)
Correct spelling and grammar is a
include any info that does not promote equal opportunities, e.g.:

Age (date of birth), race, gender, nationality, sexual preference(s), or a photo of you

Penalty = in the bin
Further guidance is available in the module handbook (towards the back)
Attending a CV workshop, and getting your CV checked by the Careers Service/PLU - part of the Portfolio Plan
Do not underestimate the importance of a good CV
Applying for a creative role? - Consider an Infographic CV - Google it!
If considering a career in the finance industry - also write a one page resume (a condensed, focused version)
Review the CV, highlighting the positive and negative elements of the content and the format.
Consider working throughout the summer - full-time, part-time, casual, voluntary, IT or non-IT - it's all valuable
Portfolio Development Option - this is the optimum time to work on this, plus it would be a great addition for your CV (especially for placements)
Research companies, roles (job descriptions) and recruitment advice to get ahead of the game
Extracurricular - employers look for well rounded individuals so get involved e.g. clubs, societies, community, youth projects, events etc
Creating your profile & looking for jobs:
How to Maximize Your LinkedIn Profile
Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.
The world's largest professional network with 225 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe.
Useful Resources

Assessment 1: The Professional Development Portfolio Plan
Template is on Moodle - THREE elements in ONE document - complete ALL three
a) Skills Map
b) Professional Development Plan
c) Portfolio Plan
All elements of the task link together e.g. link your goals to the skills you need to develop AND link the portfolio activities to support your goals
Deadline: Sunday 7th July at 7 pm
Information, advice & guidance is available from your PDIT Tutor throughout the summer. The module reconvenes in Semester 1.
Understand the value of opportunities / how you can make yourself attractive to employers through engagement
Identify opportunities to support the achievement of your goals
Introduction to the Placement Scheme & alternatives to this
How to write a professional CV
How to use your summer effectively
Complete the Portfolio Plan by identifying the professional development opportunities you intend to engage with to achieve your goals.

With your goals in mind, consider which professional development activities will help you to achieve these.

Try to engage with as many relevant activities as possible.

For those you do not wish to engage with, leave these blank. Feel free to add activities that are not on the list.

Against your chosen activities, state the date you wish to have completed these by.

Provide further detail for each chosen activity regarding milestones/required prior activity.
Consider whether engagement with some of the activities could be goals you would like to add to your plan.
Leave ‘Appendix’ blank – this is only relevant for Assessment 3.
The graduate market is very crowded, competition is high, you're not confident that your skill set and experience is as strong as others'. So how can you ensure that you stand out?
You show that you are a well rounded individual who has made the most of the opportunities you've had to learn, develop and demonstrate passion/drive.
Part-time work, clubs/societies, self study, networking, events, competitions, placement/internship, demos/portfolio, projects, volunteering.......
Key word:
Let's hear why engagement is so important.........
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