BUS 2504/FASH 4500 Individual Professional Digital Portfolio (Remote Learning Fall 2020)

Collect, Select, Reflect, Connect

“We do not learn from experiences; we learn from reflecting on our experiences.”

 John Dewey, 1933

About this Assignment:

  • This assignment is to be completed individually, it is your mid-term assessment, worth 25% of your final grade
  • Your task is to create an individual professional portfolio website using WordPress.com (ref: Chapter 1: Types of Websites: Personal Websites, Web Templates and Content Management Systems)
  • Since your portfolio will be posted online, please do not include any personal information such as phone number, home address …etc. If you are concerned about posting your actual name, please speak with me
  • You may choose to “Allow search engines to index this site” or “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” through the Dashboard –> Settings –> Reading (do not keep it private while I need access to it during the semester)

Required Readings

Behance, Inc. “Why We All Need a Personal Website – Plus Practical Tips for How to Build One.” Adobe 99U, 13 Aug. 2019, 99u.adobe.com/articles/64112/why-you-need-a-personal-website-and-tips-for-how-to-build-one.

Li, Bryan. “Think beyond Your Resume – the Effective Ways to Make You Stand out in the Job Market.” Enlighteni, Enlighteni, 8 July 2020, enlighteni.com/blogs/enlighteni-moment/think-beyond-your-resume-the-effective-ways-to-make-you-stand-out-in-the-job-market.

Deliverables

Part 1: Information Website & Blog (15%)

  • Home page: must have a short introduction, with a video that summarizes your experience and tells us what you’d like us to know about you. The video can be created using Adobe Spark, a free, easy to use online tool.
  • You are required to structure your website based on the nature of your content into pages, and blog posts.
  • Your portfolio must reflect your professional skills and expertise, for example:
    • Education, work experience, skills (technical, transferable), volunteer experience, community involvement, extra-curricular activities, conferences, workshops, seminars you’ve attended, awards, samples of projects (post screen captures only and a short description), interesting articles related to your field…etc
  • The following are examples of questions you may wish to think about while developing your Digital Professional Portfolio:
    • What industry are you interested in directing you career search efforts and why that industry?
    • Who influenced you the most to study business and what is their relationship to you?
    • What traits did this person see in you that would enable you to be a successful businessperson?
    • In what jobs or positions do you work/ have you worked and which industries have you been exposed?
    • In one word (or two), how would you describe your personal BRAND?
    • Where, geographically, have you spent most of your life since you were 12 years old?
    • How many/what languages do you speak?
  • Optional: Some themes such as Sketch (free) Snaps (free) support “portfolio projects”, talk to me if you’d like to use a portfolio theme to make sure your content aligns well with that option
The following are the minimum technical requirements
  • Pages:
    • 4+ pages of content (based on the guidelines above)
  • Blog Posts: 
  • Widgets:
    • Social Media widget with your LinkedIn profile
    • Text widget in the footer explaining that this portfolio is a class project
    • Recent Posts widget
    • Any other widgets as you see fit

Part 2: SEO Strategy (10%)

This is a document that summarizes your SEO strategy based on Marg Raffel’s SEO session, as well as your own research. You are required to list and briefly explain five distinct SEO strategies you will be implementing for your own brand (your own digital portfolio).

You can present your strategy through a Word, PPT, or PDF, including any visuals and infographics.

Submission (Blackboard)

  • Since I do not have access to your dashboard, I will need to see screen captures of some of your dashboard items (listed below), to be submitted through the Assignments on Blackboard along with your URL
  • Create a PPT file with a title slide that includes your full name, student number and link to your portfolio. Include the following screen captures (one screen capture per slide):
    1. Blog Posts:
      1. Posts –> All Posts (view example)
      2. Posts –> Categories (view example)
      3. Posts –> Tags (view example)
    2. If you chose to use Portfolio Projects:
      1. Projects –> All Projects (view example)
      2. Projects –> Project Types (view example)
      3. Projects –> Project Tags (view example)
    3. Media –> Library (view example)
    4. Media –> Library; any image showing “Attachment Details” (view example)
    5. Appearance –> Themes; showing the active theme (view example)

Notes:

  • If your PPT is too large to attach, you may need to save it as PDF and upload it
  • Your SEO strategy document must also be uploaded as a PDF documnet