Portfolios are essential for designers but are they necessary for those pursuing non-creative fields?
I believe the answer is yes. Digital portfolios are for everyone- for personal use, making professional connections, showcasing accomplishments, thoughts, creativity, and growth. I began my Digital Portfolio several years ago in my Freshman English class. Our task was to upload any assignments completed over the semester. And for 99% of my class it was just that- an assignment that lasted a semester. I was determined to take it further, I can't pinpoint the exact reason I decided to maintain my site but I knew it would serve me some purpose someday. My site has evolved several of times over the course of its existence and investing in my portfolio has become my favorite project to work on. It has provided me with so many opportunities and has blessed me with an online presence.
A NOTE TO STUDENTS: You use social media. You use it to document highlights of your life, to share with others, and to look back on memories- lets do the same with our assignments and passions.
A NOTE TO TEACHERS: I'm forever grateful to my English teacher that assigned us the task of creating a portfolio, it gave an additional purpose to my assignments. My site has encouraged me to strive harder and create or write something worthy of putting on display. If you're a teacher in the Raleigh area I would love to come to your classroom and share how valuable digital portfolios can be!
HOW MY DIGITAL PORTFOLIO HAS LEAD ME TO SUCCESS: I included my site in my portfolio submission when applying to NC State's College of Design. I believe including this piece set me apart from the other applicants and led to my acceptance to the design program.
I've had the privilege of interacting with teachers in the NC Public School System and present portfolios as an education tool in our digital world.
In my blog I share my life experiences and my readers share how my words have encouraged them.
I've watched my statistics grow and bless me with an online presence. I am forever grateful for my digital portfolio.