How to Create a Digital Portfolio for Students

A great looking business card can be a great platform to advertise yourself to a future employer/business partner. Of course, an excellent digital portfolio isn't a guarantee to a great job but it's a start! Follow the steps below to help create your own digital portfolio with minimal effort.

Steps

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    Create a personal, professional-sounding Gmail account[1]
    • If you want to view messages from your school account and your personal account side-by-side, setup IMAP in your new Gmail account. [2]
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    Sign out of your personal Gmail account and sign into your school Gmail account.
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    Access your school Google Drive account. In here, you will be sharing your files with your personal Gmail account. Suggested files include: resume, cover letter, and any works that you want your prospective employer to see (research papers, collaborative work, etc.) Simply select the files you wish to share, click the blue "Share" button, and type your personal Gmail address in the box. Click "Share".
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    Sign out of your school Gmail account and sign back into your personal Gmail account. Access your Google Drive "Shared with Me" directory to view the files you shared.
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    Select all shared files then click "More" and "Make a copy". If you only moved the shared documents into your Google Drive and those documents were later deleted from the original source, your shared document would also then be deleted.
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    Move your copied files to a folder in Google Drive labeled "Portfolio". This will be the designated folder where you can place all your publicly-viewable documents.
    • To ensure you can view your portfolio documents from any account, select the folder and click More>Share. Change "Private - Only you can access" to "Public on the web" by clicking the blue "Change..." button. Click "Save" then click "Done". This causes your folder to be viewable by anyone online; be sure to only include professional-looking documents, etc.
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    By now, you have your own personal, professional-looking Google account complete with a publicly viewable folder containing your digital portfolio. But how do you get people to view all of that? By connecting your folder's link to already viewable media (videos, QR codes, business cards, etc).
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    When clicking the blue "Share" button on your Google Drive file, notice the long link that is instantly highlighted. Hit Ctrl + C on your keyboard to copy that link.
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    You can shorten that link using Google's goo.gl URL shortener. Now paste your folder link onto your paper resume, business card, or as a clickable icon in your Gmail signature. You can also create a QR that links to the folder, your portfolio. The possibilities are endless!

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