Your ubcarts.ca site is a digital archive, a growing tree
for all your accomplishments
It’s your personal web space for school work, all your other learning, and for your transition to the start of your career.
Use it as a student and take it with you after you graduate. Keep it forever, for free.
As a Product
it’s a place to record and share your progress toward your degree alongside all your other relevant extracurricular and professional activities. So much better than a standard resume.
As a Process
it’s a way to deepen your learning through reflection and to learn to communicate how your academic work and all your other experiences come together into the big picture of you.
This is what it looks like
Everything in your ubcarts.ca site is an ‘Activity’. You put them in and tag them and decide how to package them into ‘Custom Collections’.
Why use your ubcarts.ca portfolio webspace?
(because resumes don't really tell your story)
Connect School and Life
Identify and create connections between academic projects and extracurricular experiences. Show how your degree matters.
Discover Insights as You Build
Reflect on your academic and co-curricular learning as a whole and observe changes in your thinking over time. Employers love to see growth.
Sew Your Learning Together
Apply learning from one academic context to another, across courses, disciplines, and time. (Watch Mohamed talk about this, below).
Resumes are Too Limiting
Show all your skills. Synthesize a range of types of work and experiences (text, visual, audio, performative, multimedia) in one place. (Listen to Christa talk about this, below).
Creativity and Voice
With rich media and your reflection you can show that you’re a creative, strategic, and unique asset to any team. (Watch Melissa talk about this, below).
Your Professional Identity
Use this to show employers and grad schools that you know how to learn and how to think about learning. That’s what they care about.
"In the long term, most individuals with an undergraduate degree in the social sciences or humanities (SSH) go on to a wide range of rewarding careers. However, in the short term, many recent graduates face challenging career transitions. Recent SSH graduates may face challenging career transitions due to difficulty articulating the value of the skills developed in their SSH program to employers."
Hear what other students are saying about theirs
take four minutes to listen to these students’ stories
How do you use this digital portfolio thing?
anything that represents what you’ve learned and done: essays, posts, reports, projects, videos, performances, art, trips, jobs, and more.
artifacts and activities with descriptions and tag them with skills. Never lose your work and your experiences.
on what you learned and accomplished and how the artifact or activity demonstrates personal growth.
the key learning-and-growth aspects of each portfolio entry for a broad audience (so they don’t have to read a whole essay!).
your portfolio entries as you continue to reflect and as you receive feedback.
your portfolio, or just parts of it, to any audience: family and friends, employers, grad school, volunteer and service organizations.
ubcarts.ca is NOT...
a personal website
It’s a structured website for the activities that have helped you learn and grow. If you want a personal website that’s totally customizable, you’ll need to use one of the many site creation tools like WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and some others that don’t start with W.
simply a resume
It’s way better than a resume. It lets you do so much more to show what you’re capable of. But if employers want a traditional resume, your ubcarts.ca portfolio will be a great complement. You’ll stand out above the crowd.
So get started!
It'll take five minutes and then it's yours forever.
When you open your portfolio, you will see a sample post that will tell you how to proceed. Start by adding something where you did or learned something. Simon, for example, started with his summer job at a beach concession stand. Audrey started with a debate in a sociology class. Give it a title, a short description, a bit of content, and tag it with a skill or two that you define. Everything you add can be edited later. This online space can be thought of as a process that leads towards a product, always growing and evolving.
Get some portfolio help from student peer portfolio mentors
Drop in to talk to a student who has already made a pretty full portfolio and is passionate about this way to showcase her skills. Ask Christa about what to put in yours, how to do it, and what it’s useful for.