3 websites to showcase your best school projects
Many college students negate all their hard work by letting their school projects gather dust after they receive a grade for them.
Perhaps they think the work is too "amateur," or that it's too much of a hassle to keep track of, but consider this: As you hunt for your first job post-graduation, your school projects might be all you have to show potential employers. Unless you've done 15 internships like Lauren Berger of Intern Queen, you need to showcase that schoolwork to add some spice to your resume. And doing so by attaching tons of files to an email will annoy both you and potential employers.
Here are three websites you can use to show off your school projects.
1.) Your own website
A common way people display their online portfolio is by creating a website.
Personal websites are a great way to display your work and accomplishments, allowing you to help facilitate what prospective employers find when they Google search you, according to the New York Times article "Showcasing Your Work, in an Online Portfolio." Online portfolios apply to non-creative fields as well, the article points out, using programs like SlideShare to post presentations and papers.
To create your own website, you can either hire a web designer or use one of the many free blog sites such as Wordpress. Owning a domain name (your own dot com) can be relatively cheap, costing less than $4 a year, through places like Namecheap. Finding a server to host your content (where your website's files are stored) can cost as little as $8.95 a month, through places like DreamHost. Wordpress can even offer design, hosting and domain name services, with simple instructions.
Many people also use their website to post their resumes and write a blog. You're not limited to just an online portfolio. Just make sure everything on your website drives home the point that you're an awesome candidate for a job or an internship.
2.) One-stop shopping
If you'd rather not spend the time and money to create your own website, you can always showcase your portfolio on a one-stop-shop site like MyEdu.com.
MyEdu allows you to display your school projects on your profile, as well as list classes you've taken, skills you possess, degrees you've earned, and life experiences you've obtained. You can also use the website to read professor ratings, calculate your GPA, and map out your class schedule and degree plan.
This turns out to be ideal for many students who lack internship and volunteer experience. As Frank Lyman of MyEdu told Recruiter.com, "It takes more than reading a list of historical jobs to truly understand what a student or young professional is capable of."
In addition to being able to display your school projects, employers looking to hire might browse your profile. You don't even have to actively seek them out: They may recruit you through the website, since the website is geared toward employers as well. Sure beats applying for hundreds of jobs online, right?
When many people think of Tumblr.com, they think about blogging or microblogging. What they fail to recognize is the potential Tumblr has to be whatever you want it to be.
A number of businesses and brands, such as Universal Music, now use Tumblr to market their companies. Eric Sundermann, a popular writer for the Village Voice in New York City, dramatically ditched his own website to move his online portfolio to Tumblr, explaining that it's a "much more efficient and effective platform for journalists."
With the ability to post text, audio, video, photos, quotes and links, you can really make your Tumblr page into a tech-savvy online portfolio, making it ideal for web designers and photographers. In fact, entire web pages of eye-catching portfolio Tumblr themes exist, such as 20 examples on Webdesigner Depot. You'll find no shortage of fantastic portfolio themes for your Tumblr.
Another great thing about Tumblr is its reblogging capabilities. The website makes it simple to post other people's blogs, photos and videos. If you use Tumblr for your online portfolio but also publish several posts, others who see it via a reblog can then check out your site. Who knows, something you post might go viral and get your site viewed by a potential employer.
Regardless of what you use for your online portfolio, don't wait until after graduation to make one. And don't underestimate the value of your school projects when trying to find internships and starting your career.