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Career Skills


The Career ePortfolio Evaluation Rubric is built on the following NACE 2012 Job Outlook Survey: careerabilities_skills_job.docx


What abilities and characteristics do employers look for in a job applicant?

When it comes to the importance of candidate skills/qualities, employers are looking for team players and candidates who have strong verbal communication skills, according to respondents to NACE’s Job Outlook 2012 survey.  

Survey participants rated “ability to work in a team structure” and “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” as the two most important candidate skills/qualities. These are followed by candidates’ “ability to make decisions and solve problems,” “ability to obtain and process information,” and “ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.”  

The least important candidate skills/qualities on the list are the “ability to create and/or edit written reports” and the “ability to sell or influence others.” 


Following is the list of the employer ratings:  


Weighted average rating* 

Ability to work in a team structure


Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization



Ability to make decisions and solve problems


Ability to obtain and process information


Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work


Ability to analyze quantitative data


Technical knowledge related to the job


Proficiency with computer software programs


Ability to create and/or edit written reports


Ability to sell or influence others


*5-point scale, where 1=Not important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important 

Source: Job Outlook 2012, National Association of Colleges and Employers 

The Job Outlook 2012 survey was conducted August 3 through September 23, 2011, among NACE employer members; 244, or 26.8 percent, took part. The report is available to NACE members at www.naceweb.org/job_outlook_2012/  


What Goes Into Your ePortfolio?

    • Inviting Landing or Welcome Page
    • Bio or About Me Section with visions, goals and logo
    • Interactive Resume
    • Artifacts that demonstrate your professional abilities and skills
    • Artifacts that demonstrate connections between your academic, career, service and personal (interests) lives
    • Presentation formats that demonstrate a wide range of multimedia use (images and video)
    • Evidence-based reflective pieces that demonstrate critical, analytical and creative thinking skills

Inquiry and Reflection Prompts

Reflection should be evidenced-based and include how the student applied her/his learned knowledge from a course or activity to other areas of her/his life. When writing a reflection on an assignment or learning experience, keep it simple. It doesn't need to be an essay. Think about these reflection prompts when reviewing your assignment, course, activity, project, program or experience:


  1. What skill or ability did you learn from this experience and did you apply it to other areas of your life?
  2. What about this assignment or program was most useful to you?  Can you see a relationship to other courses or activities in your academic and/or professional career?
  3. How would you recommend this course, project or program to others?  What suggestions would you offer? 
  4. What areas and abilities in your life were strengthened or improved by this course, assignment, project or activity?
  5. List the ways you have grown as a result of this assignment, course, project, activity or program.
  6. What problems did you encounter and how did you solve them?
  7. What risks did you take and what did you discover about yourself? 
  8. What strengths and talents did you discover and demonstrate by doing this assignment/activity?
  9. If you had it to do all over again, would you?  Why?  What would you change?
  10.  How did this experience prepare you for your professional career?

Get Started

  1. Go to https://stonybrook.digication.com to create your eportfolio
  2. Login with your NetID (Username) and your Net Password
  3. Hit Accept
  4. Click green Create button (top right4.  Type your name for Title
  5. Click on Showcase ePortfolio Template6.  Make your shell Public    
  6. (you can hide things within shell)
  7.  Allow Tags
  8.  Submit
  9.  Get Started


Quick Start Guide - https://stonybrook.digication.com/eportfolio-help

Look for examples of the various eportfolios in the eportfolio directory at http://tinyurl.com/DigiDirectoryand this year’s Model ePortfolios at Spotlight on ePortfolios at http://tinyurl.com/SpotlightEportfolios



For further questions or comments about eportfolios and reflection, please contact
Nancy Wozniak, Learning Architect and ePortfolio Project Manager,
The Faculty Center, S1464 Frank Melville Memorial Library, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794. 
Phone 631-632-2781 (22781) • Fax 631-632-9803 • Email nancy.wozniak@stonybrook.edu

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