Learning to develop your portfolio….

Organizational-changes-todays-workplace‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change’   Charles Darwin

Every week,  you can guarantee that there will be a story within the popular media regarding the changing world of work.  This week, we heard great news that employment has increased in the UK, with 71.5% of people aged between 16-64 in work and 516, 000 vacancies currently available, the highest rate since 2008.  http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Labour+Market

Behind these headlines,  lies a job market that is constantly moving and changing. New employment roles are emerging while others decline. The skills that are required for the market are repeatedly up-dated as technology  drives innovation and the way we work. According to The Multiple Generations @ work survey the average person will change their job between 15-20 times over their working life and this is set to increase. There is also a significant rise in the number of people working in part time roles, portfolio working and self employment.  It is clear to see that our generation will experience a professional working life that is  completely different to the one our parents and grandparents  would recognise.

Whether you are a student about to become a new graduate or an experienced professional,  the key to successfully navigating this changing job market, is a flexible career strategy that includes a comprehensive record of your skills, experience and practice.  This record, often referred to as a personal portfolio,  will act as a  support, helping you to adapt to the market as well as  build an awareness of your skills and aptitudes and how they apply to a variety of work contexts.

Are you currently building your personal portfolio?

In our busy lives it is easy to over look developing this personal resource, as we quickly move from one project/activity to the next. However taking the time to devise your portfolio will help you to;

  • Reflect on your own development.
  • Capture a variety of experiences and their positive impact on your practice.
  • Understand your skills and evidence them.
  • Plan and create goals around your own learning and career.

Not sure what your personal portfolio  should include, why not see ‘Building a Plan for your future’ for some hints, tips and ideas.  https://gsacareers.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/building-a-plan-for-your-future/ and Mindtools: career skills: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_CDV.htm. Remember your personal portfolio is just that, personal, so its really up to you how you record your portfolio- just make sure that it captures your skills, learning and experience that will help you in the future.

Not sure you have the time to develop your portfolio, the key to making time is to embed it into your current practice.  You are probably already capturing a range of experiences through your sketch books. So why not take time out to review old sketch books- what can they tell you about your professional development and experiences?  Record what you discover in your ‘new’ personal portfolio. Or why not brush up on your prioritising skills ? Mindtools has a comprehensive set of resources that can help you:

Interested and want to find out more,  come along to the GSA Career service’s seminar ‘5 Simple Steps to Developing Your Personal Portfolio’ on Wednesday 23rd October 2013 4-5pm Boudon lecture Theatre .

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