Create Your Academic Portfolio
Broadly defined, your academic portfolio is simply the set of experiences, skills, and knowledge you gained during your undergraduate career. During your time at IUB, we encourage you to be actively engaged in building your education and credentials. Pursue academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge you need to reach your educational, professional, and personal goals.
The process of your educational and professional development is ongoing and can be cyclical even as you move forward. Use the following guidelines to get started and to track your progress.
- Choose majors, minors, certificates, and classes that will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your academic, professional, as well as personal goals.
- Use the campus Career Services. Set up a profile in My Jobs profile to receive announcements about career development opportunities and internships and jobs.
- Take inventory of your interests, values, and skills. Career assessments are useful to explore these areas of yourself. Try one for free (if you are an IU student) online called Indiana Career Explorer.
- Make connections with your professors. Besides discussing what you are learning in class, arrange to do an informational interview to ask them about their chosen field and career path.
- Engage in extracurricular activities. One of the best resources for learning how to get involved on-campus and in the community is the Office of Student Life and Learning.
- Pursue co-curricular activities. These are activities that directly complement your academics like overseas study, service learning, and internships.
- Consider taking a course in career development, leadership training, or personal development. Ask your advisor about the various options.
- Learn how to make a 4-year plan and how to track your degree progress. Your University Division advisor can teach you.
- Use the Academic Support Resources available to you, including your instructors. Success now leads to success after graduation.