So I just received an email that I was selected for internship interviews with the companies I applied to through my study abroad program next semester! Finally some good news in the midst of finals!
One of the companies requested I send them a writing sample, and after shuffling through the possibilities in my head I realized, oh! what about my e-portfolio? I had constructed it all along not with the sole purpose of professional use but tried to keep it professional enough that hypothetically it could function in this setting if I wanted it to. The email gave me no details on the type of writing sample…so I didn’t see why the portfolio wouldn’t qualify.
However, now that this hypothetical is a reality, I’m sadly not sure if my portfolio is professional enough for me to be comfortable sharing with a possible employer. I think the layout and structure are, but I’m afraid that the route I took with the writing exposes more of my vulnerabilities and areas I want to improve on. Plus, some of the writing samples are narratives about pretty personal experiences.
So…eventually I chickened out and sent one of my favorite Communications 101 essays instead. It was sad to realize that after all my hard work I actually don’t feel comfortable sharing my portfolio with an employer. But at the same time, I’m happy I had this experience now, forcefully pushing me out of the world of hypotheticals and into reality.
Maybe in the future (you know, with all the endless free time I have) I’ll construct a second version of my portfolio with the same visual layout but different homepage writing, a resume, and less personal artifacts.