During our Portfolium Student Success Workshop, we were able to meet Brion Grady, a Georgia State University student, who was eager to tell her Portfolium story and how it is crucial in her career development.
As a psychology major with a concentration in pre-medical studies, Grady told us of her aspirations to pursue public health and how she has been using Portfolium’s ePortfolio network to showcase herself as more than just a resume.
“I want to be able to tie my medicinal studies experience with my interpersonal skills and see where that takes me in my journey,” said Grady, “The resume is something that of course we’re using, but as we redevelop the traditional way you look at a potentially marketable student, it’s going to be clear that you’ll have to be able to show everything, and I do believe that Portfolium enhances that ability for the student and employer.”
As a certified phlebotomist who regularly volunteers at blood drives, Grady also described how Portfolium’s ability to attach evidence of learning artifacts to her accomplishments was crucial in her career development.
“Employers want to see that you actually have these soft and hard skills, and those photos and videos that we attach into our ePortfolios are worth a thousand words,” said Grady.
When describing the versatility of her ePortfolio, Grady noted Portfolium’s effectiveness in being able to translate more than just technical knowledge, but the well-roundedness that comes with experiential learning.
“My ePortfolio says, ‘Hey I know how to deal with a patient that can be a little difficult; I know how to maneuver in a high-tense situation.’ A lot of the events we work in, we take different photos and videos and you can see the real impact and reactions of the faculty and students through them – and that’s what employers want to see. The real life deal of the work we do.”
After graduating, Grady hopes to leverage her skills showcased in her ePortfolio to begin her dream career at Egleston Hospital in Atlanta, and has been encouraging her peers to utilize their Portfolium accounts to do the same.
“I’m telling my friends who are seniors: ‘You guys, create a Portfolium! It’s not too late, you can still put your accomplishments, you can still add your personal and professional information and continue to after college.”