Work Portfolio Package (WPP)

The Work Portfolio Package is a personally relevant (job) application package

Purpose

To reflect on your learning in the TechLauncher program as a launching point for the next part of your career.

Goal

To help you get your foot in the door to your next big opportunity!

Overview

The WPP is an application for a position of any kind, built primarily around your experience in TechLauncher. This could be an application for:

  • graduate employment, or a promotion in your current position
  • an industry or social internship
  • an postgraduate program, or other scholarship program
  • a relevant award
  • a startup program or accelerator

You are responsible for finding a relevant job/internship/program/award advertisement to respond to. The deadlines for the advertisement may not align with the assessment due dates, and you may not choose to submit your actual application, but it MUST be a real advertisement.

Requirements

The Work Portfolio Package should build primarily around your experience in TechLauncher, but may be supplemented with relevant recent experiences, such as previous projects or professional development that lead into TechLauncher.

The relevant application MUST respond to a real advertisement.

The focus of the package should be to address the requirements, particularly the Selection Criteria, of the application. This would typically include:

  • A cover letter (1-page)
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria (typically 200-250 words per criterion)
  • A brief CV (2-pages)
  • 2-pages of Supplementary material (work product) in PDF format

If there is no specific indication, then use the above guidelines in consultation with your tutor(!)

In addition to the package, you MUST include two pages of evidence as supplementary material. This should be contextualised during the application. This supplementary material should demonstrate the actual work you have described in the application. For example, it might include a CAD drawing, sample code, prototype, user testing results — any part of your work in TechLauncher that can provide evidence to help you demonstrate that you have met the criteria.

Marking criteria

Your work will be assessed against the following criteria:

Criterion Characteristic Low High
Professional Approach evidence of decision-making no evidence clear evidence
  maturity of reflection not reflective transformational
  professional tone not acceptable professional
  evidence of life-long learning no evidence clear evidence
  acting on feedback not clear clear
  professional attitude negative positive

Assessment Process

The WPP will be assessed by qualified convenors, tutors and other academic staff.

Opportunity for formative feedback

As you are preparing your WPP, you should seek formative feedback as a formal agenda item from your tutor and project team.

Submission

  • Submission via a single PDF in Wattle. All inclusions should be in PDF (we will not accept work product of any other file type - for example, if you are submitting code extracts, these should be printed in PDF format).

Commitment to professional development

A component of the WPP includes a commitment to life-long learning. We encourage you to demonstrate engagement in professional development over each semester.

As a guide, professional development should:

  • be a part of a coherent plan, rather than on ad-hoc, opportunistic topics
  • be new activities that you would not be engaging otherwise (for example, if you are a part of a student group, participation in that group is not considered as a new activity. If you went on specific training as part of that role, this would be acceptable)
  • be related to your personal development

Activities from groups on campus, organised activities from TechLauncher, and activities in the community will make up the calendar. These will include academic and professional talks, networking events such as First Wednesday connects, and ongoing training such as participation in InnovationACT.

Tips and suggestions

  • if you are having trouble finding something relevant, it is wise career advice to think about the skills that you might need to get the job ‘two jobs from now’, so that you can start to develop those skills with the next job.
  • keep a work diary - this will allow you to easily go back over your individual contribution in your WPP
  • attend useful Professional Development sessions that enhance your team’s project, or even create opportunities for sharing your own skills
  • be familiar with the professional/graduate job market and keep an eye out for applications you would like to actually go for

Updated:  06 Mar 2018/ Responsible Officer:  Head of School/ Page Contact:  TechLauncher Course Webmaster