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What is a career portfolio?

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(Use this as a head start to do the assignment.Career identification- Degree program: Kinisieology and i have chosen it because i have always enjoyed working with others and helping people. i also enjoy being physically active. My current idea of what i am going to do when i am done with my degree is to work with people in diverse settibngs like clinics, teams or in a studio. Use this as a head start to do the assignment.
What is a career portfolio?
A Career Portfolio is about YOU.
It is…
A life‐long tool to help you discover, express, and record who you are, and where you want to go;
A dynamic collection of materials or artifacts which summarize, document, and highlight the best of who you are, what you have done, and what you hope to do;
‘Evidence’ of your potential. Although this is all about you – you can and should apply the general planning process as you work through the assignment. You’ll find some specific planning terms below to help you use the process. Following are the pieces that you should create / do for the career portfolio. They are each separate items. (All of the items should be put into an electronic portfolio)that is representative of who you are. You are allowed to be creative in the design of the portfolio.
1. Career identification (goal setting) – This is where you need to start. You will be given 25 minutes in seminar to complete this task. One page – double spaced on what is your current ideas about what you are going to do when you are done your degree. Please indicate which degree program you are
currently in and why you’ve chosen it. Write about what you already know about the career you want along with what you do not know.
2. Informational Interviews (information gathering) – You need to conduct and write a report on what you learned with two different people in your chosen career path OR in the kinesiology industry. At least one interview must be done in person, the other can be virtual, by phone or by email. After you
complete the interview, you will write a small summary on what you learned from the interview. Your write up on the interview should be 1 to 2 pages (double spaced) and includes the name of person, their official title, contact information, the date you conducted the interview. At the end of this is the
information on how to do an informational interview.
3. SWOT Analysis on yourself (needs assessment) ‐ you will do a SWOT on yourself – what are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats – specifically as they relate to your career goals / thoughts / aspirations. You will also ask a friend or family member or mentor or supervisor to complete a SWOT on you. You need to submit both documents. No reflection or summary, just the 2 SWOTs. This was covered in class but in
case you need additional help, this was a useful site:
4. Values exercise (needs assessment) – adapted from
Answer the questions below.
Work through the following questions (using all your experiences so far – work, school and personal):
a) Identify the time when you were happiest ‐ What were you doing? Were you with other people? Who? What other factors contributed to your happiness?
b)Identify the times when you were most proud – Why were you proud? Did other people share your pride? Who? What other factors contributed to your feelings of pride?
c) Identify the times when you were most fulfilled and satisfied – what need, or desire was fulfilled? How and why did the experience give your life meaning? What other factors contributed to your feelings of fulfillment?
d) Based on your answers from the previous questions determine your top values. Aim for about 10 values – some may be similar in nature, for example, philanthropy, community and generosity might be combined into one value of service. For a list of values, you’ll find a spreadsheet here:
e) Prioritize your top values – This step might take the longest amount of time but it’s worth the work to put your values in a priority order. Start by writing them down in no particular order. Then take your first two values and review them closely and ask yourself – If I could satisfy one of these, which would you choose. The other question you can ask yourself is when comparing the two values, what sort of sacrifice would you make to have that value. Would you give up Netflix or working out to keep that value? Keep working through comparing two values at a time until you have them listed in a priority order (at a minimum a top 5 compared to a bottom 5).
f) Reaffirm your values – once you have your list, put it away for a day or two. Then come back to it and ask yourself: Would you be comfortable and proud to tell your values to your friends, peers, family, etc? Could you be comfortable explaining these to a 4-year-old? Can you recognize your
behaviours that support these values? This last step is for you – something to monitor and evaluate (apply the planning cycle to) – you don’t have to define or describe your values. You do have to list them in priority order.
Leadership Inventory (information gathering)
Doing assessments on who you are as a leader is a key to figuring yourself and potential career opportunities. You are to complete this leadership assessment: Leadership Assessment
You need to complete the assessment and then write a page (doubled spaced), reflecting on what you learned about yourself and if you didn’t learn anything new, what can you use from this information to help you in your career. Submit both the inventory you completed and your reflection on it.
6. Final reflection (build your plan)– Once you’ve completed parts 1 to 5, write a reflection on your learning journey through these exercises. Included in this reflection is at least 2 specific actions plans that you are going to take over the next few years (before you graduate). These action plans (gap analysis) might have to do with weaknesses or threats you identified in your SWOT or they might be based on your leadership inventory and how you plan to use that information to help you in your career development or they might have be around how you are going to use on campus resources to learn more about your career options and personal development. Finally, review your starting point (number 1) and now write about your ultimate ‘dream job’ and how what you’ve identified connects to that ‘dream job’. Length of reflection – 3 pages, double spaced, 12 point font.
Helpful Resources:
For your use – there is a much more extensive career portfolio guide from U of Manitoba that you can continue to work on: Career Planner from Career Interview Help
Help in getting an interview:
Start with friends, family, other students and teachers ‐ ask them for ideas
Google ‐ there are tons of organizations
Once you get one interview, ask for their recommendations for other individuals
How to ask for an interview ‐ here’s a recommended script for you to use:
“Hello, my name is____________, and I understand that you are a (or work as a) __________________.
I’m currently exploring this career/occupation as a university assignment and also for my future. I wonder if I could take about 10 minutes of your time to find out more about what you do (your career field) and why you work for your chosen company.”
Once you get an interview, pick 5 questions that you will ask. You can create your own or choose from this list:
Occupation-specific questions
On a typical day in this position, what do you do?
What training or education is required for this type of work?
What personal qualities or abilities are important to being successful in this job?
What are the ideal qualifications for someone in this job?
What kind of education/training is needed for this position?
What part of this job do you find most satisfying? Most challenging?
How did you get your job?
How do you see jobs in this field changing in the future?
Is there a demand for people in this occupation? With the information you have about my education, skills, and experience, what other fields or jobs would you suggest I research further before I make a final decision?
Career questions:
What opportunities for advancement are there in this field?
What are the salary ranges for various levels in this field?
What are the basic education/training/experience prerequisites for jobs in this field?
What special advice would you give a person entering this field?
What types of training do companies offer persons entering this field?
Which professional journals and organizations would help me learn more about this field?
What do you think of the experience I’ve had so far in terms of entering this field?
From your perspective, what are the problems you see working in this field?
If you could do things all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself? Why?
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