Starting in February I’ll be participating in a portfolio development workshop put on by an
employment agency. It’s every Monday for 10 weeks (ends April). All I can think is it’s going to be a lot of work! We were told to buy 5″ binders! I couldn’t find anything bigger than a 3″ binder. Actually, I only ended up getting a 2″ binder b/c the 3″ one looked too big to me. I’ve got to carry the thing around with me on the bus after all. Not exactly keen on hauling a monster size binder around on my person. Next thing I know I’ll be back using my backpack b/c my shoulder bag type purse will be too small.
So what are we doing in this workshop you may be wondering. Well I attended the info session on Monday(21st) and discovered it’s going to be a compilation of everything we’ve done in our life regarding skill acquisition. We’ll also be including a sort of autobiography to begin with on our life from childhood ’til now. Fun! There’s a group of us (fewer than 10) and we’ll be sharing what we’re comfortable with to the others, as well as handing in writing assignments to the two facilitators.
The process of putting our portfolio together is supposed to build confidence in us if we
were under the impression we didn’t have much to show for our lives. In my case, I’m hoping to realize I have more skills than I thought and be able to feel a sense of pride in what I’m capable of. Growing up in a home with a mother who had NPD(Narcissistic Personality Disorder) I rarely was told I was good at anything. Mostly, I was told what my MOM was good at, not me. In fact I could tell you everything my mother was good at but nothing I was good at. It made me feel worthless in comparison and hurt when I realized the only times I was praised were when I’d done really well, even then it was not much. But my mother, she had the biggest ego about her abilities so it was hard to compete with that.
So far I have some things already for my portfolio because I did a much smaller one years ago through another employment agency. But it was not a workshop and it was mostly just a collection of awards and certificates I’d gotten over the years. Still, it’s a good start and saves me looking around for some things anyway.
The only thing I dislike is getting up early to make it there on time. But if I had a job then likely I would have to get up early too. So it’s practice!