What is Portfolium?
Portfolium is an academic portfolio network and showcase connecting students and recent graduates with opportunity. By combining features typically reserved for social and professional networking platforms with the ability to create and aggregate multimedia content from across the web, Portfolium uniquely provides a deeper, all-encompassing view of a student's passions, abilities and potential.
How is it different?
It's a Showcase: Portfolium uses real samples of a student's work and experiences to tell their story, instead of just bullet points on a resume.
It's a Network: Portfolium is a network for students and alumni to collaborate on projects, ideas and opportunities, instead of a static repository to store their work.
It's Free: Portfolium remains free for students after they graduate, instead of charging them to access their account and work.
It's Smart: Portfolium requires applicants to submit entries from their portfolio when they apply for a job to prove their passion and abilities, instead of testing how quickly they can click “apply” to thousands of jobs.
Proof it's working
Since our initial launch in 2013, it's been incredibly rewarding to continuously receive positive feedback from our users, customers, and partners.
Mech Engineering, UC San Diego
"I owe Portfolium for everything. My GPA would've disqualified me from my dream job at Northrop Grumman, but my Portfolium helped me prove GPA isn't everything."
Poly Sci, Brown University
"Portfolium is perfect for students like myself who have so much more to offer than just a resume. My Portfolium shows that I am more than just my summer job, it proves that I'm a real person with unique experiences and skills to offer."
Kirsten Van Langenhoven
Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
"Without Portfolium, I feel like I'd have nothing to show employers that makes me really stand out. Thank you so much for this free resource!"
Educators & Employers
Executive Director, Alumni & Constituent Affairs at University of California
"Portfolium now has a UC system-wide agreement to offer modern digital career portfolios to new and young graduates. The reception from our class of 2014 has been remarkable, and the product and service are top-notch."
Adjunct Professor, San Diego State & UC San Diego Rady School
"I use Portfolium in my classes so that my business students can showcase their projects in a visual and meaningful way. It really brings their work to life and highlights the skills they are learning in and outside of the classroom. Portfolium is a great asset to faculty, students, and prospective graduates of any university."
President of Verizon Wireless, West Area Region
"If I can see the projects you've worked on in your Portfolium, it gives me a more rounded view of you."
The idea began when Adam Markowitz graduated from UC San Diego in 2008 with a BS in Engineering. Adam spent the previous 4 years studying, doing homework and labs, writing papers, working on challenging team projects, working a part-time job, volunteering with his fraternity, and socializing with good friends. As he began interviewing for jobs, he realized employers were searching for him online and were only finding the last item on that list - socializing with friends.
Adam wanted his online identity to better reflect his real identity. He also wanted a way to stand out in the competitive job market, so he made a portfolio to showcase all of the academic and professional work he had accomplished in college, which included photos and work samples. He brought this portfolio into his next job interview and it did everything he hoped it would, and more! After a lively, fun and efficient interview, he landed his dream job working as an engineer on the Space Shuttle Program!
Day one on the new job, Adam met a fellow UC San Diego grad who also just happened to use a portfolio in his job interview. That's when Adam realized there was a good reason they had both landed these amazing jobs at the height of the economic recession in 2008. Adam wanted to help every student across every major do the same, so his next launch after the space shuttle was the launch of Portfolium!
Adam Markowitz working on the Space Shuttle Program