Essentials of a Graduate Student Portfolio

By Cyndi D. Lynch

Graduate Student Professional Development, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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    Xiao Hu

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    The director, Cyndi Lynch, gave a very informational speech that could be a leading beacon during our graduate student period. She demonstrated some useful websites firstly, then listed examples of portfolio elements. She also presented an idea which is CARS, helps us to easy remember. In CARS, she presented a example about applying to the faculty position, which is also her real-life experience. There are several nice diagrams that she presented in the slides and help us to have a big picture of portfolio.

    This presentation is very helpful, especially for first year graduate student. Because it helps us to plan during the graduate school period. For the slide, there are some text information on those diagrams are not easy to read, also since this is an introduction, there are too much information that are provided in the slide, which is hard to remember. So that after the presentation, I must look back to review them again.

    Overall it has a 5/5 score.

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    Pushyami Rachapudi

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    This seminar talks about what does a portfolio need to say when you are attending an interview.  The employer is more interested in performance and impact of what you have done rather than grades. Job search strategies was informative. Updating  the resume based the job description,  job search log were somethings new I learned and are very useful. Break up of various types of components in networking narratives and their purpose is a great topic.

    It was good to know skills that set you apart from the crowd in the portfolio narrative. What to include for a potential professor position or industry were discussed in detail.

    I would highly recommend this presentation for someone who is in the process of job search. Types of interviews, what happens in all of them and how to face them is very useful for everyone. I particularly like how this presentation caters to the needs of both academia and industry careers and discusses them in detail. This presentation is a fairly interactive one and it is very difficult to follow the conversation as the audience were not audible. It would be great if it can be taken care of for future uploads.

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    Roland N Green

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    Cyndi Lynch's presentation on graduate student portfolios did a good job at helping me to better focus the way I present myself to other researchers and potential employers. Having a list of elements typically that would be in a portfolio gave me a good starting point for creating my own portfolio.

    The "CARS" format was something that I had not learned before, and I feel that it is a good strategy for formatting information about myself. This also related to the later topic of searching for jobs, where knowing your skills and contributions would help you figure out the jobs that you would be a good fit for based on job descriptions.

    I particularly liked the section on the "Individual Development Plan". While I regularly update my resume, I do not necessarily track my skills in particular areas (technical or otherwise). I feel that doing this would help me to improve across the board, as it would give me a reminder of what I need to work incrementally, rather then as needed.

    Having the "Portfolio Narrative" section was a good way wrap all the subjects covered about the portfolio together, by providing some insight into how all information in the portfolio should be geared. I plan on using this information to paint a better, more consistent picture of myself to future employers.

    One improvement that I think would have helped in the presentation is more information on why having a consistent narrative in your portfolio is important. Other presentations have gone over similar topics, but I feel it is especially relevant here.

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    Noah

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    This lecture is very useful for students who are nearing graduation and getting ready to find a job. In it, you will learn how to assess your own skill set, keep a connected network, and map out a plan of self improvement. One example of a useful insight was to identify qualities an employer may find admirable, assess yourself in those categories, then develop a plan of how you might go about improving them. The example given was organizing a study abroad after identifying a lack of international experience. This also strengthened many other attributes by extension. This way of framing self-improvement was very helpful to understanding how to go about planning future.

    Useful information is also given about how to go about finding a company that's a good fit for you and some basic tips about how to present oneself by pre-identifying impressions you wish to leave. There are also good hints on forming an effective resume using the CARS system instead of listing job duties. Overall, it's very easy to recommend this lecture to those unsure how to start preparing for a successful job hunt.

    One big issue is the audio quality. This was recorded as a lecture in front of a live audience, so naturally there are a lot of questions and answers. I found it very difficult to hear what was being said in these sections. I also think the lecture may have pulled too many topics into one session. It could be broken into orthogonal parts fairly easily for shorter, more digestible chunks.

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    Yeshani Wijesekara

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This seminar talks about developing a graduate student portfolio. It talks about the basics of a portfolio and how to apply them in networking or in an interview.

    The seminar talks about the elements of a portfolio and compares to writing a dissertation. Cindy Lynch, the speaker, talks about the importance of gathering information and thinking about the elements that should go into in, before actually starting to write it.

    I learnt a few things from this seminar. Using the C-A-R-S format to convey information was one. This method uses a 15:45:30:10 ratio to focus on challenge, actions, results, and skills. We are all familiar with the STAR method of answering questions but this is another neat way to present information about ourselves that we want the other person to focus on.

    Another thing I learnt, and I really liked was the Self Assessment slide. Cindy Lynch elaborates on each of the four main branches – personality, values, interests, and skills and directs the viewers on how we can assess ourselves to identify what type of jobs will suit us better by figuring out what drives us.

    Then she talks about how to develop a good job search strategy, a career strategic plan and a networking narrative. This was another thing I liked learning about. She talks about the different types of venues/audiences and outcomes these may occur in. Then walks us through the ways we can talk about how our skill sets will match their (interviewer/employer) needs depending on each situation.

    The video also gives information about the Graduate Student Professional Development center. They have a good website with all their events and workshops advertised for easy planning.

    Overall I found this video very informational. The presentation was clear and included a lot of important details. Therefore, I am rating this five stars!

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    Mustafa Abdallah

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    This talk is informative talk that helps graduate students to have a detailed plan to make their portfolios better. The most impressive thing in this presentation -from my point of view- is the good organization of the topics and showing multiple examples. First good point was presenting the experience and skills according to the job you aim to have(Technical,Leadership,Teaching. etc... ).

    Also, the speaker mentions expressions like "CARS" elements in Portfolio.She gives a nice example of "Applying to Faculty Position" to show the order of Self assessment levels which are: Experience, Actions, Outcomes and Mentoring.

    Moreover, Job search log idea which contains all important details about qualifications, skills, contacts, and employer information is a realistic measure to know if you fits to that job or need a development plan. She gives a nice example of  "international experience abroad" to make that point clear.

    After that, the speaker gives explains clearly networking narratives and their categories. The first category is venue(like conferences), the second is Audience (like professors) and the third is outcome which is making connections that will be helpful in future. Finally, the speaker mentions some useful tools and services offered by Purdue in that context.

    Negative points for me are: 1) Speaking very fast 2) Preparation for interview topic she covers finally  isn't suitable for the general context of the talk. Overall rating is very good.  

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    Daniel Mas Montserrat

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    This lecture presents multiple ideas for graduate students in how to create your professional image to get a job, either in industry or academia. Some of the concepts presented here slightly overlap with the lecture about Career fair. It starts by presenting some ideas of elf-assessment: find your skills, values and experience and be able to show them to the industry to get the job you want. She also introduces some ideas in how to look for a job efficiently and talks about having future plans with goals. The talk follows talking about networking. The presenter highlights the importance of having connections with right people in order to find jobs and give some tips in how to keep in contact with people without bothering them. The lecture finishes by presenting some advice on how to prepare for interviews (to research about the company and its values and goals, give a good impression, have professional clothing…)

    Overall it is a good presentation and it provides some useful information. Some of the materials is overlapped with other talks and lot of the ideas presented are common sense.

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    Jialiang Yu

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    The speaker gives a deep thinking about self definition. The experience you have and the ability you master make you different from others and create a unique portfolio. For a graduate student, a portfolio is a good way to understand the career goal and personality. The value behind each person comes from the experience and each person has his or her unique value. Identifying who you are is a crucial task not only in the career path, but also the entire life. The speaker also talked about the networking skill which is also important in job searching. Reference is very important based on my experience in seeking jobs. Linking yourself to the person that may refer you to a position and keeping contact with this person also needs strategy and skills. The speaker finished the talk by summarizing how to prepare for an interview, we should understand the company's mission, pay attention to the importance of your first impression which includes posture, clothing and gestures, and try to make the interviewer remember you.

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    Rasika Kalwit

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    I thought that this presentation is really useful for any graduate student who wants to pursue a career in specifically research field. Sometimes when you work on some particular topic for very long period of time it becomes difficult to concisely present your work in efficient way. For a graduate student a portfolio is good way to understand one’s goals, personality and suitability for the job. In the beginning the presenter talks about identifying your own values, skills, experiences and personality. The self-assessment can lead to find a job you want. Presenter also talks about networking narrative where your previous work experiences and the contacts made at the job can lead you to the job you want. It is crucial to highlight your relevant experience and attributes while applying for a job. The career strategy for the future also helps you to keep track of your goals and what do you want to achieve in 5/10 years of span. A very useful point was brought up by the presenter about references. You want to be prepared if the potential employer asks about references without bothering the person by contacting them too often. While finding a job it is important to keep networking, gather information about new jobs and connecting to right people. The job searching strategies such as improving your portfolio to encompass the skillset required for a particular job position are discussed. The presenter also talks about interview skills and how you want to have good first impression on potential employer even if the type of interview is not the conventional one.

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    Sofía Nicole Cerdas

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    The presentation offers very good insight into actions and attitudes that can be taken to further one's career, and improve your probabilities of finding and being hired for a job you want. The first part of the presentation focuses on self-assesment; how to understand your skills and experiences, and how to frame them in a way that is relevant to employers. The presenter mentions the importance of documenting your experiences over long periods of education, such as graduate school, as they might serve as data points or evidence that can later be used to convince a future employer you're suited for the job and possess the skills required. A very useful point brought up as part of the self-assessment is the importance of also assessing your personality and what your future plans for your career are; she mentions examples of the advantages and disadvantages of a faculty position versus an industry position, citing the freedom of selecting your own research versus potentially higher income as an example. She also mentions job search strategies: such as the importance of looking for several options and building up an array of duties and skillsets required for each, so that you might better choose which one suits you best. Some general and very useful advice given is to also identify and make known skills that aren't necessarily academic, but might be sought after by employers: teamwork skills, for example, as well as cross-discipline experience. She stresses the importance of networking and how it can assist with the process of obtaining this information, as well as linking you to people who can help, and gives strategies on how to stay in touch without bothering the person by contacting them too often. Finally, she closes the lecture with a summarized version of how to prepare for an interview, as well as important advice for one: researching the company's mission and goals, the importance of your first impression and nonverbal cues such as posture, clothing and gestures, and to focus on what you want the interviewer to remember about you in particular.

     

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