Simple answer: YES! No matter your age, grade, or work experience as a student you should have a portfolio. Portfolios are necessary for job applications, graduate schools, or networking with professionals who want to see your work.
What if I have nothing to put in my portfolio?
Fake it until you make it! Write mock press releases, strategic plans, social media posts, graphics, etc. You can use materials you’ve created in class or on your own, but the key is to have something in your portfolio. Once you gain real experience, you can then replace the initial samples.
What do I put in my portfolio?
- Press releases/media alerts
- Social media posts
- Blog posts
- Graphic design or Photoshop
- Strategic plans
Where do I put my portfolio?
Your portfolio pieces should be saved as PDF documents that can be easily sent to employers and read properly. Having a blog or personal website where you can digitally display your work is even better. Provide employers with the link for easy and accessible viewing. If you’re going on an interview, it’s imperative that you remember to bring multiple copies of your samples and resumes.
This blog post was written by PRowl Assistant Firm Director Clarissa Ford.