Portfolio: Draft (due in Week 4)

You will be preparing an electronic portfolio documenting your educational and career achievements and aspirations. You can choose to create a web page, or you can use an application like Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint. Your portfolio should be logically organized, visually appealing, and include all of the following items:

  • Title Page  

  • Table of Contents

  • Statement of Authenticity: This is a statement indicating that you are the author of all materials contained within your career portfolio, that it is your original work, and that it is an honest representation of your skills. It should be inserted in your portfolio immediately following the Table of Contents.

  • Personal Mission Statement: The Week 4 Lecture will contain helpful information on how to write your personal mission statement.

  • Your Elevator Speech (also called a 30-second commercial): This is a short 15- to 30-second speech that memorably and succinctly introduces you and that you can use anytime and anywhere you wish to introduce yourself to a potential contact to spark his or her interest.

  • Education section with

1.      DeVry plan of study

2.      DeVry course descriptions

3.      DeVry academic history (to be replaced by your transcript after graduation)

4.      Documentation of prior post-secondary education (optional).

  • Resumé

  • Professional Development and Training section (with supporting documents if available)

  • Reference section with

1.      one letter of reference related to your technical skills; and

2.      one letter of reference related to your transferable skills.

  • Reference list with your contact information and contact information for your references (minimum three)

  • Awards and Accomplishments section (with supporting documents if available)

  • Volunteer History section (with supporting documents if available)

  • Professional Affiliations section (with supporting documents if available)

  • Career Pathing section with your 1-, 2-, and 5-year goals

  • Work Samples

You can begin to assemble this information in advance of submitting your Portfolio Draft in Week 4.

Career and Company Research (due in Week 4)

Now that you have identified some career-related goals, it’s time to match those goals to potential employers. In this assignment, you will investigate companies based on those goals, and you will also spend some time thinking about how you will market yourself to those employers.

The assignment template and grading rubric are available in Doc Sharing. Be sure to proofread and spell check your work before you submit it.

Cover and Thank You Letters (due in Week 5)

Find a job ad for a position you would be interested in once you graduate. Write a targeted cover letter responding to the ad. Assume you were given the opportunity to interview for the position. Write a post-interview thank you letter to the employer.

You will be submitting your letters and the job ad in Week 5.