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Students’ ePortfolio for Entering into the Labour Market

Laura Malita and Regina Egetenmeyer

In the last few years, ePortfolios and ePortfolio 2.0 have become buzzwords in the education and learning community used for different purposes and meanings. The book gives an innovative way of dealing with the problem of student unemployment by explaining the main aspects of using ePortfolios as a method for employability, career development, reflection, assessment, consultancy, presentation and communication. This publication results from the research work undertaken by the partner institutions involved in the Project Learn about finding jobs from digital storytelling which had the main purpose of enhancing graduates’ employability.

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III. Using ePortfolios for job searching

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Catalin Martin How to create an ePortfolio about your career which can facilitate your access to the labour market: a perspective from a newly graduate 1. Career, Success and Choices Our career is probably our most valuable asset. Why do we say this? Because it is the engine that never stops and that keeps us prepared for new challenges. What are the elements that accelerate our career success? 1. Setting clear objectives for your career - if you think of being behind the wheel of a car will you go straight ahead and do you know which way you want to go? Using this analogy, if you know which way to start your career, the whole journey will be very relaxing and easy. But if you have not decided where to go, you can bypass your way and you will encounter many obstacles. 2. Self-esteem and relationships with others - self-confidence is essential to be successful, not only for ourselves, but in others! Why are the two so im- portant? Because if you believe in yourself, this will reflect in your attitude, ac- tions and results, and as a consequence will increase your success. 3. Creating long-term business relationships - when we want to advance our career, we need advice and support from those who know us. If we require sup- port from a person we met a year or two ago, it will not be successful. But if we learn how to socialise and network, the road to career...

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