Welcome to the CFAES Network
The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is proud to announce a new partnership with Portfolium.com that will provide ALL students the opportunity to create a professional, online digital portfolio. This service is FREE to students, staff, faculty and alumni and will not expire even after leaving the university.
At its core, your Portfolium account functions as a personal website, where you can document and showcase your accomplishments and skils that you've developed over time. This can be very valuable, especially when communicating to employers. In addition, your Portfolium account serves as a:
- Professional Network - Connect with your peers, colleagues, professors, and potential employers. Get inspired by discovering other people's work, or, get feedback on your projects.
- Jobs Platform - Look for jobs and apply to them directly through Portfolium. Employers are actively browsing Portfolium for talent.
Can't find the welcome email? No problem! To get started and enroll in Portfolium, click here. Be sure to click on OSU ACCOUNT LOGIN.
Need assistance, click on the blue circle. Assistance with Portfolium is available for CFAES directly from Portfolium.
Live chat is available by clicking on the blue dot on any Portfolium webpage.
Do NOT contact OSU 8Help for assistance with Portfolium.
I am using LinkedIn, why do I need Portfolium?
Portfolium and LinkedIn work very welltogether. With limited work history, students have a difficult time compiling a LinkedIn profile that truly distinguishes themselves. Starting in Portfolium, students and recent grads are able to showcase their experiences with multi-media content and then embed those entries in LinkedIn, enhancing their presence on the professional networking platform.
There is no limit to the number of entries or data you can put in Portfolium. While you shouldn’t put 40 projects/assignments onto your LinkedIn profile or resume, you can absolutely put all 40 on your Portfolium and it will look and function beautifully. Portfolium also makes it easy to share entries on other social media platforms that you already use, like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
No one has ever asked me for a portfolio. Why do I need one?
There are a couple of reasons. First, your portfolio provides academic and professional work samples of what you can do and the skills you possess. These work samples help establish your professional credentials. According to Schmidt & Hunter, 1998, a work sample is the strongest predictor of competency for a role and it's also one of the best ways to assess whether a student possesses the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) career readiness competencies (Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Information Technology Application, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Career Management). In short, this is how you prove you can do the job!
Second, a portfolio of your work allows you to stand out from the crowd. The main benefit of creating a portfolio is having a visual representation of all of your hard work, accomplishments, and skills from all years of college. You have lots to be proud of! An additional benefit of a portfolio is that your work is discoverable within a network of employers actively recruiting for new employees. Depending on your privacy settings, you can be contacted by employers if they think you might be the right candidate for a position in their company.
This sounds like a lot of work, how do I include samples of my work when I don't have any saved?
There are 3 ways to include samples of your work when you don't have any saved.
- First, if you don't have any access to old work samples, you can recreate some samples. It may take a little time, but if you really want to demonstrate a specific skill, recreate that report, presentation or design you want to showcase.
- Second, consider getting involved in a professional association and join a committee. Many skills can be showcased from event planning, project plans, documentation of procedures, monthly meeting coordination, leadership development training, and more!
- Third, consider volunteering to do administrative work for a local charity or hospital and generate some new samples that way.
Are employers really using Portfolium?
Yes! You've seen the media coverage where thousands apply for a handful of positions. Employers are looking for qualified applicants and Portfolium is one way they're doing just that. In Portfolium, you can choose companies to follow that interest you, but companies can also invite qualified applicants to apply immediately for positions.
But what if you want to work with a company not in the Portfolium network, does that mean your portfolio isn't valuable? Definitely NOT! Having a portfolio, you can easily share your accomplishments on various social networks including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, you can embed your entries on websites and blogs, share your URL on a resume, email signature, or in person, and you can print a pdf version.
Frequently Asked Questions
Portfolium Student Overview - Skip ahead to view a specific topic
- Introduction - 0:00
- Exploring networks and making connections - 1:10
Viewing Student Portfolio - 3:25
- Skills Section - 5:17
Viewing Student Profile - 7:27
- Adding a Resume - 9:26
- Editing a Profile - 9:47
- Change settings for: photo, header graphic, tagline, social accounts, email, notifications, password and privacy - 13:16
- Creating a new portfolio entry (work sample) - 16:10
- Sharing Your Portfolium - 20:46
- Job Searching in Portfolium - 22:55
Additional Resources Containing How-to Guides
- Resources for STUDENTS & ALUMNI
- Resources for EDUCATORS
- Resources for EMPLOYERS
- Portfolium FACTSHEETS