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Steps

  • Step 1: Choose your audience

    Are you showing this to employers, Peace Corps Officials, or family?

    We think it is a good idea to create a site that can be used for professional purposes in your career and/or graduate school recruitment and application process. You can also create a fun portfolio to show off to friends and family.

    Showcasing to employers or Peace Corps Officials

    An effective strategy to getting a message across to a potential employer is a more brief and targeted description of what employable skills you obtained on study abroad. Be sure to use appropriate photos and stray from informal or casual language.

    Showcasing to friends and family

    If you want to produce a site that’s for friends and family, or just one that is fun to put together to earn your certificate that’s fine too!

  • Step 2: Choose your platform

    Take your pick at having a customizable site or a more formatted presentation.

    Customize your own site

    You may choose to use any free website builder for your ePortfolio. These platforms are highly customizable and provide many creative options to control the look and feel of your ePortfolio. Some popular choices are WordPress, Wix, and Weebly.

    FIU Portfolio

    FIU provides all students with a free Portfolio account. Portfolio allows you to document all of your skills and accomplishments online in an easy-to-use standardized format. This platform does not allow for customization.

    Access the FIU Portfolio portal

  • Step 3: Document your experience

    The following items should be found on your website once it is turned in for review.

    1. Photos and descriptions of your Global Engagement Project(s). You may also want to provide some actual footage of your project if you have any.
    2. Discussion of select, significant workshops, panels, or other Prep-related activities you participated in.
    3. Global Learning and language courses are also an important part of your Peace Corps Prep experience. Upload samples of your work, such as research papers and PowerPoint presentations, which are high quality representative of your learning in these courses. Alternatively, you can tell a story about something you learned in a class which shaped your perspective on the world. 
  • Step 4: Reflect on your experience

    Tell us about your experiences! Be descriptive and showcase what you've learned.

    • Include timelines, lesson plans, or other articles that you used to complete your project.
    • Answer the following questions:
      • What issue(s) did your project address?
      • Why did you choose to address them and what have you learned from completing your project(s)?
      • Why did you choose to study certain languages?
      • Did you gain more awareness and perspective of global issues or at least of the issue(s) you tackled on a global scale? How so?
      • From your time in the program, what do you think are the benefits of being a part of the Peace Corps or Peace Corps Prep in general?
    • Detail your post-graduation plans in your personal, academic, and/or professional life. You may want to allude to certain Peace Corps projects that you want to pursue.

    Resources

    Name specific skills you gained or improved. Do you feel highly competent in one or more? Explain how in your reflection.

     

  • Step 5: Market yourself

    Brand yourself through your resume, interests, passions and marketable skills.

    • Include a resume, formatted for web. Your resume can make or break opportunities, so it should be flawless! Please review our resume advice or sign up for a resume critique via FIU Handshake.
    • Include contact information. We recommend using a webform where individuals can contact you without your actual contact information being posted. You can choose to post your contact information but please consider the privacy implications that may come with that.
    • Be descriptive of self, including interests, passions, marketable skills, and any experiences not directly related to the Peace Corps Prep.
  • Step 6: Review these important considerations

    Make sure you correctly name your degree. Most FIU students get this wrong!

    • The name of your degree usually consists of this formula: [Level of Degree] of [Arts/Sciences/etc.] in [Major]. Consider these examples
      • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management
      • Master of Arts in English
    • Almost all FIU degrees are a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, with a few exceptions such as Bachelor of Business Administration. If you are not sure of the formal name of your degree, consult your academic department’s web site or FIU Degrees & Programs.
    • Bachelor and master are singular when naming the whole degree “Bachelor of Arts” but possessive when using the short form “Bachelor’s degree.” I find using the longform more appropriate on your resume.

    Also, did you type “I am about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree?” Don’t forget in a few short weeks to update it to “I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree…” If you want to go ahead and do it now so it doesn’t fall out of date, that’s okay.

    Finally, active voice both puts you at the center of the story and gets more directly to the point. Go over the prose narrative you have included throughout your ePortfolio to identify unnecessary use of passive voice that can be edited.

    Learn more about using active voice at Purdue Owl.