The Leadership & Professional Development Initiative (LPDI) and the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) has partnered with Portfolium to provide Purdue West Lafayette with an e-portfolio.  Portfolium is an ePortfolio network for students and alumni to visually showcase their work and projects directly to employers, faculty, and fellow students/alumni - proving their skills and experiences beyond the limits of a traditional resume. The social networking features built into Portfolium make it fun, simple and powerful. For the first time, students can directly correlate their academic work to real job requirements - connecting their learning (both inside and outside of the classroom) with opportunities.

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Key Features

A cloud-based ePortfolio with social networking features built in:

  • Upload unlimited samples of your work and projects
  • A robust "About" section for courses, GPA, volunteer work, etc.
  • A network of classmates, faculty and employers to connect with and message
  • Discover skills and work proving specific skills across all majors and industries
  • Explore job and internship opportunities at top companies
  • Apply to job and internship opportunities submitting specific work samples to each
  • Export your portfolio to PDF to enhance your resume
  • Embed your portfolio entries onto your LinkedIn profile to enhance your presence
  • Tag teammates on group projects in your portfolio
  • Share your customizable profile URL on resume, LinkedIn, email signature, etc.
  • Be found by top employers based off the work samples and skills you upload

Setting Up an Account

Go to Portfolium.com (or via BlackBoard Tools) to setup an account.  Click <JOIN> and use your “purdue.edu” email address to create your new account.  

How is Portfolium different than LinkedIn?

Portfolium and LinkedIn are not mutually exclusive. They work very well when used in conjunction with one another. Students and alumni use Portfolium to enhance their LinkedIn profile by embedding their actual work samples onto their profile with single click. Less than 13% of Millennials actively use LinkedIn due to not having a robust history of professional experience. Now they can upload their academic work and achievements onto Portfolium, maintain this digital representation of their skills and competencies and use them to enhance their LinkedIn presence. A single entry in a student's Portfolium could contain multiple images, video, files, a detailed description, tagged skills and hashtags, category, sub-category, tagged teammates and more - all in one single, well-organized portfolio entry.

There is no limit to the number of entries or data. A student shouldn't put 40 projects/assignments onto their LinkedIn profile or resume. They can absolutely put all 40 on their Portfolium and it will look and function beautifully. Each piece of work can potentially be found by the right employer (depending on the user's privacy settings of course) for the right opportunity.

What type of content should students add to their portfolios?

Students should add any and all work they complete that they're proud of. This can range from individual or team projects, labs, experiments, writing samples, research, activities, clubs, sports, volunteer work, to extracurricular activities and hobbies. There is no limit to the number of items/entries a student or alumni can add to their Portfolium.  Here is a guide:  https://help.portfolium.com/students-and-alumni

Privacy

The Privacy Settings (https://portfolium.com/settings/privacy) tab allows you to control who sees your portfolio. If the "Enable Privacy" button is toggled on, only people you're connected to can view your full profile. Note: Employers and non-logged in members WILL NOT be able to view your profile. Learn more here: https://help.portfolium.com/students-and-alumni/settings/privacy-settings

Help Desk Support

Live support is available via the blue question mark in the bottom right hand corner of the Portfolium.com screen.  You may also view user guides including videos and step by step tutorials located at: https://help.portfolium.com/students-and-alumni

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