Creating Your Portfolio

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Thomas Wilson

Sean Hammet

William Jewett






What is it?
A portfolio is typically a website that you create, or a PowerPoint (converted into a .pdf) that provides examples of your work and projects. The best portfolio effortlessly highlights your skills, achievements and intellect.

What should I put in it?
Your sketches, engineering projects, graphics, diagrams, AV clips, a modified resume, and/or writing samples. Think about your past courses (ENGS 89/90), internships (e.g., you innovated a pre-existing tool), and extracurricular activities (e.g., you built a bridge in the woods).

Why should I make one?
For a few reasons: a) to provide visual proof of what you can offer to your potential employer; b) to stand out from your competition; and c) to market yourself professionally.

Do I really need one?
If you are looking to secure a job or internship in product design/development, architecture, mechanical engineering, or web development, then, yes!

Who is your audience?
A corporation? Consultancy? Boutique design firm? Keep this question in mind as you create your portfolio. Remember: your portfolio is about which skills and creativity you can offer an employer.

How do I make one?
You can create your portfolio in PowerPoint and convert it into a .pdf, (e.g., Christian Ortiz), use a platform to host your portfolio, or create your own website. Check out the resources below to get started.