Why every college student should have an online portfolio

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Jasmine Marinelli – 2nd Year Bachelor of Public Relations

This semester I am taking an amazing course that focuses on developing our professional portfolios. Throughout the first month each student was given the task to create their own website, which would serve as our online portfolio. Now, we are building on our online portfolio’s by posting blogs, accomplishments, awards and achievements on our website. We focus on creating a positive reputation on our social media platforms, specifically LinkedIn and Twitter. After finishing half of the course, I have realized that having an online portfolio is very helpful when it comes to putting yourself out there in the working world. That is why I believe every student should have one. Continue reading to find out why online portfolios are so important.

Show off your skills

An online portfolio allows you to show future employers the skills you have. Through LinkedIn there is a specified column for skills and endorsements. LinkedIn allows you to input skills you have in your industry, tools and technologies, interpersonal, organizational skills etc. I reference my LinkedIn URL in presentations, videos and my resume. I do this because I want my future employers to see my professional reputation, get a glimpse of my skills, along with my job history. Having a website is another part of an online portfolio. A website allows you to show off your skills by displaying your projects, achievements and experience on specific pages. This will give you a better chance at landing that job you wanted because you have something to show for it.

Promote your brand

It is very important to have your own brand, one that identifies you, and is different from everyone else’s. An online portfolio allows you to share your brand, and promote it to anyone who crosses your portfolio. For example, on my website I have linked my professional Twitter account to it, so employers can see the type of things I tweet about. What I tweet about normally relates to my interests, which is a part of my personal brand. My LinkedIn profile shares my interests and expresses who I am, what I do, and my experience in my description. Then going back to my website, I post blogs that talk about things relating to my brand.

Being able to show off your brand through an online profile is crucial to setting yourself apart from the competition, and raising awareness about who you are as a person. It sets you above and beyond those who do not take the time to promote their brand.

Easy to access

Lastly, online portfolios are very easy to access. You can share your LinkedIn URL, Twitter URL and website on any social platform you’d like; and with a click of a button your portfolio can be easily accessed. I find employers ask for your handles more often than not, which is great when you have a positive online presence.

I think it is very important for students to have a professional online presence when it comes to showing off their skills, promoting their brand, and displaying their achievements. Online portfolio’s give students an advantage in the working world, and enable them to promote awareness about their professional skills. An online portfolio is an additional resume that goes more in depth about students, and what they have accomplished in school and outside of school. Having an online portfolio is very beneficial for all students, and I encourage those who have not created one to definitely start soon.

A Reflection on the Semester So Far.

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Brooke Rogers 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

It is hard to believe it is already Student Success Week. October is almost over and it is halfway through the semester. Time flies, and so much can happen in what seems like so little time. I thought I would take a bit of time today and reflect on the things I’ve accomplished over the first half of the semester.

I came into this year not really knowing what to expect. My program was transitioning to be more business than arts centered and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. Turns out I love it, and I’m really happy in the direction my studies are heading. Courses like Marketing are things I didn’t think I would really take much of an interest in, but I actually find them really intriguing.

Since the beginning of the semester I have accomplished a ton of things. Most noticeably I’ve completed my portfolio, resume, and cover letter to a point where I’m ready to start sending it to co-op employers which is CRAZY! I’ve also written countless assignments, case studies, done a few tests, and even have started to gain knowledge in computer coding. I would have considered all of this impossible at the beginning of the semester but here I am.

Personally, I’ve started a new workout routine that’s actually sticking and I’ve started some new healthy eating habits. I’ve attended a couple of Conestoga events and made a few friends that I didn’t have at the beginning of the year. I even have plans to join a club which is currently in the works of being approved. I have never really been into extracurriculars so I am pretty excited!

It’s amazing how much can really happen in only half a semester. Looking back on the stress and late nights i’ve had, the amazing things that I have accomplished have made it all worth it. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester has in store!

How to have the best reading week

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Jasmine Marinelli – 2nd Year Bachelor of Public Relations

Reading week is a beautiful thing, and guess what? It’s coming up shortly! You will finally have time to relax, and have a break from all of the chaos at school. It is your time to collect yourself, get your life back in order, have fun, and study for your midterms. Usually my reading weeks go a little something like that, and I hope yours will too.

Collect yourself

I like to use my reading week as a time to recoup, and collect myself. Normally right before reading week I am slammed with countless assignments, and things to do. That’s why I like to use this time to organize myself. You can dedicate a day or two right before you go back to school, to add anything to your calendar, and set yourself up for success when you get back. Collecting yourself, and de-stressing will help you focus on what is next to come.

Get your beauty rest

Sleep is so important for your everyday health, so it is very crucial that you get enough. Unfortunately, after reading week is when a majority of students have their midterms. This means they’re more likely to lose sleep due to studying. During my reading week I would sleep until 12pm just because I could, and I would wake up feeling amazing. Reading week is your chance to get as much sleep as you can so that you can prepare yourself for the late nights before your midterms.

Have fun

Let’s be honest, reading week isn’t just used to study and organize yourself. It is also meant to have fun, let loose, and enjoy your time off school. The way you can do this is by planning a day trip with your friends. You could go on a hike, a shopping trip outside of the city, go to an event etc. If that is not your idea of fun, definitely have fun in your own way. Not everything has to be about school all the time, and this week gives you time to have the fun you might not have had during school.

Study for upcoming midterms

Although this isn’t as fun as the other things I have said to do… reading week is technically supposed to be a student success week to help you catch up and prepare for you midterms. That is why I think it is very important to use your time wisely, and use it as an advantage. Studying for your midterms is always a good idea when you have some free time to kill. It will save you from having to study last minute.