Work Portfolio Package (WPP)
The Work Portfolio Package is a personally relevant (job) application package
This individual assessment item is undertaken in assessable parts according to the “Learning to Reflect” series facilitated by Tom Worthington.
To reflect on your learning in the TechLauncher program as a launching point for the next part of your career.
To help you get your foot in the door to your next big opportunity!
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. So that those evaluating your portfolio have adequate context, you must include a copy of the job description in your final submitted package – URLs become stale. 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.
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
- An appendix containing a copy of the opportunity you are applying to
If there is no specific indication, then use the above guidelines in consultation with your tutor(!)
You MUST include two pages of evidence as supplementary material. This should be contextualised during the application. This supplementary material should be individual work that demonstrates claims that you have made 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.
Your work will be assessed against the following criteria:
|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|
Some aspects of your WPP will be assessed by your peers, with the majority of your individual submitted material being assessed by examiners and tutors.
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 is via PDF formatted files 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