A digital portfolio can show a potential employer a number of things that a paper portfolio or resume cannot portray. Whether it provides an employer a detailed look into a candidate for hire or gives parents and teachers some valuable insight on the student’s college education to be able to discuss and help them in making decisions in their college experience. Also on the education note, teacher portfolios are being used prominently in colleges and universities. E Portfolios are used by professionals and employers to gauge whether a person is eligible for hire. The lower end of the portfolio spectrum would, in my opinion, be Facebook or Twitter, where people develop a more personal portfolio and can show their own story.
A student portfolio is a purposeful collection of the work that tells the story of a student's personal self and achievements. The student’s portfolio is there to ...view middle of the document...
It is used for promotion decisions and it provides a structure for teaching areas that are in need of improvement. In an article from Teaching portfolios: A positive appraisal by Peter Seldin, he states, “HISTORIC CHANGE IS TAKING PLACE IN higher education: teaching is being taken more seriously. Countless colleges and universities are re-examining their commitment to teaching and exploring ways to evaluate and reward it.”
A professional digital portfolio or an E portfolio is recommended for those looking to make a career change, returning to a career or just starting a new career. A friend and colleague of mine, Wendy Tennant prefers for an applicant to have a digital portfolio, she thinks it gives an advantage to the person and can highlight certain talents, knowledge of industry and professional skills. It provides a look for potential clients or employers to view their professional achievements. She also is of the opinion that the person with the digital portfolio stands out among candidates applying for a job who do not have one and it will increase the interest an employer has for that person. This portfolio can also be suited to a specific industry in order to show the persons interest in that particular area. An E portfolio increases a person’s qualified visibility in the market.
In my personal opinion, certain websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in a sense a personal portfolio. These websites provide the audience an inside view of a person’s life through quotes, pictures, choices in music art and poetry. It can show political views and be a medium for people to give an opinion on current topics of discussion or debate. The personal portfolio can also sometimes back fire on an individual searching for a job, depending on the content of the personal portfolio. A person really needs to be aware of what is posted by themselves and friends on these sites. The backlash can cause a person his or her dream career.
In closing, most portfolios are used in a positive manor and with strict monitoring one can enhance their career into the next level or start a great position that can lead to their dream happening.