What is Portfolium?
Portfolium is the Career Readiness network, connecting students from 2,000+ universities with opportunities to discover, develop and prove their skills to employers. Leading colleges and universities select Portfolium's e-portfolio platform to set their students apart by showcasing digital work samples and clickable credentials that can't be captured in a traditional resume. Top employers partner with Portfolium to connect digitally with students and to drive more effective campus recruiting efforts by matching job opportunities with candidates' proven competencies.
Portfolium's mission is to narrow the trillion dollar workforce skills gap by empowering colleges and universities to become full-stack providers of career readiness. Launched in 2014 by Aerospace Engineer, Adam Markowitz, Portfolium grew from a simple need to showcase his proof-of-skills beyond listing college courses and GPA on his resume. Portfolium is now enabling a holistic “See it, Do it, Prove It” approach for students to determine, acquire, and demonstrate must-have competencies to employers with fast-evolving skills requirements.
How is it different?
Proven Competency Marketplace:
85 years of research confirms that work samples are the strongest individual predictor of new hire performance, with number of years of job experience and number of years of education near the bottom of the list. Portfolium uses real samples of a student's work and experiences to prove their competencies and potential fit.
The Network Effect:
Portfolium is a network for students and alumni to collaborate on projects, ideas and opportunities, rather than a static repository to store their work. Connections, likes, comments and messages make Portfolium a hub of activity and engagement. This is why Portfolium is the leading platform in its space for engagement and adoption metrics.
It's Free, Forever:
Portfolium remains free for students even after they graduate. There are no hidden fees, up-sells, storage or access limits of any kind.
It's Easy & Fun:
Creating and managing a digital portfolio shouldn't be a chore or task. It should actually be fun, and easy to do. Portfolium has been unanimously chosen in a number of benchmark studies to be the most enjoyable and simplest tool for creating and managing an online portfolio.
Since the initial launch of Portfolium in 2014, 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."
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Advancement Services - The California State University System
"I view Portfolium as the next generation of providing a competitive advantage for individuals in the job market. It's a tool for individuals to demonstrate their skills and talents in a very visual and compelling way. My colleagues and I in academic affairs are excited that Portfolium gets students focused earlier on the end goal by focusing on the skills they need to develop to be competitive in the job market and showcase hands-on applications of learning that are linked to real-world problem solving."
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!
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