“I see you have a portfolio. May I look?” ask your interviewer as your interview begins to wrap up. Handing it over to them you hold your breath with great anticipation. You hope they like it.
Being a professional in any field it is important to create a portfolio.
A portfolio is a physical (or digital) project of some of your best work. For architect, it should include pictures of your best work (i.e. sketches of homes, rooms, buildings) and for interior design it should include (i.e. samples of swatches, drawings and furniture used). Every portfolio is going to look different and take on various personalities. The portfolio is going to become a display of the person who created it.
If every portfolio is different, you may be asking yourself “What does that mean in the realm of Child Life?” This means you want to make your portfolio standout but be professional. Add a little play, be creative…be YOU!
When constructing a portfolio, it is important to remember a few key points:
- Remember what you are making it for. Are you making it for a practicum? An internship? A job? Remember your documents are always changing. No two portfolios are going to be the same.
- Be professional! Yes, you can be creative, but remember this isn’t something just to breeze through in one or two nights. Take your time and have fun! I made mine out of a scrapbook and made it look clean and clear, but also with a splash of fun!
- Below you will find the proper documents that need to be put in your portfolio:
- Child Life Philosophy
- Letters of Verification of hours
- Child Life Practicum evaluation (if applicable)
- Project that you completed during your practicum (if applicable)
- Photos of you doing child life related things (make sure you obtain consent)
Like I said above. Your documents are always changing. What you put in for one you may not need it for another. Below you will find a sample of what could go in a portfolio when seeking a child life job.
- Child Life Philosophy
- Child Life Certification
- Evaluation from internship
- Activities you conducted
- Project, you did for your internship/practicum
- PDU certificates
*These are just ideas. I will be completing my internship in the spring, so job seeking will come after that.
One final tip. Always take your portfolio with you to interviews. Some may want to look at it and some may not. It is all up to the person interviewing you. Also, don’t forget to mention you brought your portfolio with you. That may end up being what gets you your internship placement.
Until Next Time! Merry Christmas!
P.S. I hope to do a Christmas blog post next. So, stay tuned.