Guidelines for Developing a Professional Portfolio
What is it?
What’s in it for me?
1. Provides a portable career management tool
Regular review of your goals, strategies and achievements enables you to effectively plan and implement your next step at any stage of your career.
2. Builds your self-awareness and self-confidence as a professional
Review and reflection on your learning and practical experiences enables you to objectively track the evidence of your growth and professional development.
3. Links your graduate attributes with your learning and work experiences
You will use this understanding and evidence to promote your professional knowledge, skills and capabilities to employers.
4. Provides a central digital location
All information and evidence relevant to your learning and professional development is stored in a central location, which is accessible at all times. Your professional portfolio will become a valuable archive of your experiences, achievements and reflections.
How do I get started?
- What have been my achievements?
- How do these relate to my future goals?
- What extracurricular activities (community or personal involvement) reflect my interests and skills?
- What else do I need to be doing to build a positive professional profile?
- A reading log showing the journals and other publications that you read on a regular basis.
- Case studies with reflections developed as part of your learning experiences.
- Description of and reflection on a supervision session with a research supervisor, and the impact on your continuing work.
- Examples of assessment tasks, with your reflection on the outcomes of those tasks and capabilities you have you have demonstrated.
- Examples of your work or research, with feedback attached.
- Notes and reflections on research seminars/workshops/courses you have attended.
- A list of activities/experiences and STAR outcomes (see below) that demonstrate your graduate attributes and professional skills as a lawyer.
- An up-to-date CV ready to be tailored to a role and workplace.
Reflecting on your achievements
|S Situation||What was the context? When, where, who was involved?|
|T Task||What were you or your team required to achieve?|
|A Action||What did you do? Take the reader/interviewer|
through the process including reasons for actions.
|R Results||What was the outcome of your actions?|
What is reflection?