Peter - Adult Education (ADED)
Challenge Method: Portfolio
Portfolio development is a very personal journey. When I look back on it, I feel like it was a rite of passage and a necessary professional “cod liver oil” I needed to strengthen my development. As a result of developing my portfolio I’ve turned into a bit of a ferret and pack rat. I am constantly updating artifacts in my portfolio now as I collect them. I would recommend people develop a portfolio because you will end up knowing yourself better and with more confidence.
As I developed my portfolio, I learned to rely on myself and my sense of judgment on what it is I know and what competencies I posses. I also learned how to effectively provide concrete examples of what it is I know and do.
I have used parts of my portfolio to demonstrate competencies for job interviews and to explain the benefits of portfolio development to members of my team and organization. I know that I will use it in the future for employment opportunities.
I also use it as a touchstone I can go back to reflect on whether or not I am still true to my personal philosophy of development. It allows me to demonstrate to myself what I have learned and what it is I am still learning. It’s a life long process now and I just need to get used to that.