Mapping It Out

Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10112

Heading toward a goal in life is little different from taking a road trip. You need a destination and tools to get there, e.g., map, fuel, etc. Learn to fill up a career portfolio for life's journey!


Finding a Career

College and Career
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


As you have traveled through your life’s journey, what choices have you made in your life to get to where you are now? Have you thought about what you want to do with your future? How will you get where you want to go?

Today we are going to plan a trip!

Using Mapquest, take 5 minutes to find as many routes as possible to any town within the U.S.

  • Notice there are multiple routes to any destination that you choose.

  • When we are planning a trip, there are lots of decisions that need to be made. We have to decide where we want to go, how we are going to get there, where we are going to stay, how long we are going to stay, how much money we want to spend, what types of activities we want to do on the trip, what type of transportation you are going to use when you are there, etc.

  • What is the key to a successful trip? Planning ahead!

  • This is the same for planning our future. There are lots of decisions to be made about our future and the key to getting there is planning ahead.

Today, we are going to learn about career portfolios, and we will begin to develop our own portfolio.

What is the Career Portfolio?

  • A career portfolio is a visual representation of your abilities, skills, capabilities, knowledge, and qualities; it represents your potential.

  • Physically, it's a collection of things — tangible materials — that represent work-related events in your life. But remember that you may have developed skills that are now work-related while you were playing team sports, while pursuing hobbies or volunteer activities, or simply pursuing your interests.

  • The portfolio provides evidence of your potential by demonstrating what you accomplished in the past. Your career portfolio provides you with a convenient place to keep a record of your personal development, and can assist you in making good decisions about your future, while planning effective strategies for achieving the goals you have set academically and for your future career.

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Some benefits of a career portfolio include:

  • Enabling you to be more effective in communicating your interests, skills, motivation, and personal qualities to potential employers and colleges.

  • Offering you the opportunity to develop and commit to a specific action plan.

  • Assisting you with choosing a major and exploring career options.

  • Identifying and evaluating your competencies and self-knowledge, both in and out of the classroom.

  • Creating a tool to track and record your learning experiences.

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It’s important to note that portfolios do not take the place of résumés. A résumé provides a summary of your skills, education, experience, and accomplishments. It is snapshot of who you are. A résumé should actually be included in your portfolio.

Continue on to the Got It? section to see what goes into a portfolio.

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