Creating My Professional Portfolio

For a final project in my Integrating Theory and Practise course I needed to create a professional portfolio all about my placement. I have found it to be a very fun assignment because I have had the opportunity to look back at some of my achievements. It has been easy for me to:

  • collect all needed information
  • collect achievements/certificates
  • keep portfolio organized

Collecting all of the needed information for my portfolio was very easy. I was given a portfolio checklist that was very helpful for sheets my teacher needed added in, this saved me a lot of time. I have always kept track of all my certificates and achievements so I was very happy when I got to add all of them into my portfolio. I am very organized. When the assignment was given out I immediately started putting my portfolio together.

Although everything is coming together smoothly I have had some complications. Since I have yet to complete my placement I cannot complete my portfolio. I am eager to get my placement done so I can add in my advisors appraisal letter and time sheets.

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Essential Employability Skills

In my Integrating Theory and Practice class we took a look at the Conference Board of Canada, Essential Employability Skills brochure and learned what skills we need for the workplace. You can take a look at it by visiting this website: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/education/learning-tools/employability-skills.aspx (open in new tab). The three skills I wish to discuss include: Manage Information, Be Adaptable, and Work With Others.

FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS

  • Manage Information

Throughout my first year of College I have come to realization how easy high school teachers were on us. In high school we were handed everything and reminded daily on upcoming assignments and told not to loose this or that. In college I am responsible for:

  • keeping track of all of my work
  • attending all classes
  • keeping work organized
  • handing work in on time
  • being involved and more

Having all of these responsibilities teaches you self discipline and organization skills. It is very obvious how Managing information is an essential employability skill.

PERSONAL MAMNAGEMENT SKILLS

  • Be Adaptable

There are so many different types of jobs in the world but every single one of them requires people to be adaptable. In college you must be adaptable because you must be able to:

  • work independently
  • team work
  • be resourceful
  • open to change
  • learn from mistakes and
  • have alternate ways to achieve goals

Everyday is different and until you walk into class or the work place you don’t always know what your task is for the day. Occasionally classes were cancelled or class rooms shuffled around, this being said you need to be open to change and resourceful and ready for anything to happen.

TEAMWORK SKILLS

  • Work With Others

Being able to work with others is a essential skill everyone should have. When working with others you need to be respectful, under stand what needs to be done, contribute, manage and resolve conflict, and accept and provide feedback. It isn’t easy for everyone to wok with others but in college I learned strategies that made it easier for me to accept and work with people who had trouble contributing or working with groups. In college and in the work place everything runs much smoother when everyone works together and gets the job done.

What I’ve Learned In the Process of Completing A Placement

Finding a placement has been a difficult experience for me. I have had a placement set up then have family issues or personal issues arise that affect my progress in my placement. Having been faced with these challenges has taught me a lot about myself and life.  I have been reminded that nothing comes easy to anyone. You must work had for what you want and make enough time to complete your tasks. I have also learned that you can not determine what is going to happen in your day. You can plan your day to go how you want it but anything can happen like car troubles, family emergency’s and weather. The most important thing I must keep reminding myself is there is always another way. If my original plan doesn’t work out I must try to complete it another way. Having a positive attitude is mandatory!

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I have yet to complete my placement. I hope to have it completed soon so I can share my experiences!