SHSM Certification: Portfolio Development2022-09-23T23:54:11-04:00

Portfolio Development Certification


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Step 1: Resources

Please review each of these resources thoroughly to prepare for the quiz at the end of this page.

Step 2: Questions

Reflect on this question:

In what ways can volunteering improve your portfolio?

Reflect on how the tips from the video apply to your e-portfolio or traditional portfolio

  • Be clear
  • Be concise
  • Only show the work you love
  • Add good web assets (e.g. images, domain name)
  • Make sure your portfolio is shareable

Reflect on what you will add to your portfolio.

What are five new things you can add to your portfolio based on what you have learned so far?

Watch the Video!

Adjust the volume or pause the video to meet your needs.

Step 3: Exercise

This puzzle contains significant hints for the final quiz!

1. A professional p......... is an organized collection of relevant documents and artifacts that showcases you.
2. Candidates with a portfolio have a 10 better chance of s......
3. P....... can be included in a portfolio.

Step 4: Summary

  • A professional portfolio is an organized collection of relevant documents and artifacts that showcases your talents, most relevant skills, and charts your professional growth
  • It is a visual tool to highlight the skills employers are seeking.
  • Candidates with portfolios gain a 10% advantage over other candidates because they demonstrate a serious commitment to the job interview process. It allows you to sell yourself in the best way possible.
  • The portfolio allows you to integrate education with work-based learning and illustrates how one supports the other.
  • Assembling a portfolio gives you a sense of direction and accomplishment through personal reflection.
  • It will offer you the opportunity to develop and commit to a specific action plan.
  • It will assist you with exploring career options.
  • It will help you to identify and evaluate your competencies and self-knowledge both in and out of your current work.
  • It is impressive to the prospective employer that thought and work over a period of time, have gone into the decision to apply for a specific job.
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional References
  • Unofficial transcripts from school
  • Course Descriptions from school
  • Examples of work from each area in my resume
  • Awards/Honours
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Keep a broad range of evidence, pictures, transcripts, programs, news/newsletter articles
  • Collect your portfolio over time
  • Include a wide range of work/skills/experiences
  • Non-work related material is acceptable
  • Keep it alive with regular updates and revisions
  • Tailor the items you present to the role you are trying to achieve

Step 5: Complete the following quiz and your certificate will be sent to your teacher once your submission has been reviewed. Good luck!

Complete Quiz

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Monthly gift card giveaway?2022-07-27T10:59:09-04:00

That’s right!  For every SHSM Certification earned through Flashpoint, you will automatically be entered to win a $100 gift card for anywhere you choose!

How do I earn my Red Seal?2022-07-27T10:38:43-04:00

Each SHSM consists of five required components:

  1. Bundle of credits
    A defined bundle of credits consisting of eight to ten Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits, including cooperative education credits
  2. Certification and training experiences
    Sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses
  3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities
    Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  4. Reach ahead experiences
    Learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary plans
  5. Sector-partnered experiences
    Experiences in which students engage with a sector partner to explore sector-related content, skills, and knowledge involving either ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, or mathematical literacy.

For more information, check out the Ministry of Education’s website.

Are there scholarships for SHSM students?2022-07-27T10:38:51-04:00

You bet there is!  Many Ontario colleges and universities offer scholarships for students with a SHSM Red Seal on their diploma.

Check the school’s Award section or Google “SHSM Scholarships” to find out which schools offer them.

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