Mariel Kirschen, PennDesign ’16
Portfolios are a great way to show off all the skills and practice you’ve gained throughout your education and past work experience. They also provide an opportunity to brand yourself and exhibit your unique design aesthetic. Alongside your resume, sharing your portfolio provides potential employers with further insight into who you are as a candidate.
Where to start? For help with building a strong portfolio, there are loads of online resources that can help. To make things easier, Career Services has compiled a variety of these resources on their website to help guide students:
- Penn and Beyond Blog: Show Me Your Skills! How to Create a Portfolio that Stands Out to Recruiters
- PennDesign Portfolio Resources: Links to resources for building your portfolio, online publishing resources, and sample portfolios
- Design Sheets – A Quick Overview
- Sample Portfolios from PennDesign students: We’re adding new reference portfolios to our website from alumni and current students. For tips on how to use these samples to get started on your own, check out How to Use Sample Resume and CVs
- Your Teaching Portfolio – Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching
As always, students can make appointments with a Career Services Advisor for advice and feedback on portfolios. To make an appointment, call 215-898-7530.
Mariel Kirschen is the Design Graduate Assistant for University of Pennsylvania’s Career Services office and graduate student in the School of Design.