We are excited to introduce you to Melissa Stoker, an inspirational leader and a confident go-getter. She recently graduated from Towson University with a BA in International Studies and minors in Chinese Language and Culture, Business, Communication and Liberal Arts. Hear from Melissa about her experience building a portfolio and how sharing it helped her land her job!
In the spring of 2013, we met Brittany Swope, a student from West Virginia University, who was building a great portfolio on Seelio. We messaged her to compliment her work and soon we were talking with her professor, Andrea Weber. It didn’t take long to see that WVU’s Department of Communication Studies was committed to helping students capture their classroom learning to demonstrate how it is preparing them for their future.
Later that fall, we launched an official partnership with the Department of Communication Studies to embed Seelio directly into cornerstone classes to enable students to begin capturing competencies from day one of their college experience. Students began creating their portfolio with assignments and extracurricular activities, tagging their experiences with the core competencies of the Communication Studies program.
We’ve since expanded to additional courses and also host a showcase of WVU Communication Studies Alumni that students can use to connect with alumni for mentorship opportunities.
We love working with the talented faculty and students at WVU and we’re excited to continue to help students capture their learning outcomes and stand out in their job search!
See Seelio from the perspective of faculty and students at WVU:
See WVU’s Department of Communication Studies on Seelio: seelio.com/g/wvucommstudies.
Learn more about bringing Seelio to your campus at seelio.com/educators
Seelio can help you stand out in your job search and show why you’re the perfect hire. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you! Caroline Jardine, a Seelio superstar, reached out to us to share her success story. Caroline is currently a sophomore studying Art Education and pursuing a BFA in 2D Fine Arts at the University of Toledo. See what she had to say!
What job did you apply for?
I applied to the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for the position of an assistant instructor. I recently had a phone interview with them, and they asked to see some images of my studio work. I gave them my Seelio site URL and they loved it. In fact, they asked me if I thought teaching the high school students in the program how to set up a Seelio account would be something to try.
I got the position for the Arts Commission and I know that my Seelio page helped me!
Tell us more about how you got the job. What key skills/works helped you stand out?
I have been involved with YAAW for the past 4 years. I was an apprentice for two years, a senior apprentice for one year, and an assistant instructor last year. I developed a curriculum plan for my interview this year. The curriculum plan was a glass mosaic project that teaches apprentices new skills and encourages them to reach out of their comfort zone in collaborating with others. Michelle Carlson, the program coordinator for YAAW, was very impressed with my Seelio portfolio. When on the phone for our phone interview, I was able to tell her the link and we looked at my page together. They were able to ask me questions regarding my work during the interview because of Seelio. They especially liked my YAAW mural posts from last year.
How did Seelio help?
Not only did my Seelio site present my work professionally, but it also gave me an edge over other applicants for this position who may not have an account. Seelio has greatly benefited my professional development just in the past few months that I have been using it.
What will you be doing this summer at YAAW as the associate instructor? What are you most excited for?
My role as an assistant instructor is to work alongside the main instructor in leading a group of approximately 20 high school youth. I will work with the other instructors in planning sell-able projects and mural projects for the 6 week program; engaging a diverse group of youth in producing artwork 6 hours per day/5 days per week; teaching job skills; ordering supplies; client meetings; and work with the apprentices on professional development. I am most excited to work with the apprentices and see how they develop and learn as artists in just 6 weeks.
You’ve done a great job with your Seelio. What is your favorite work?
My favorite work on my Seelio is “Ukraine: Past and Present.” I will be uploading 3 new images to this work soon! The images are from a final project in my Digital Photography class. I entered the class with no Photoshop experience. I feel that these images are a good representation of how much I have learned and improved from the beginning of the semester. This class is also where Seelio was introduced to us!
What is your advice for other students looking for internships and jobs using Seelio?
Seelio can set you apart from other job applicants. Look at your Seelio page from the interviewer’s perspective. Interviewers like seeing a clean, concise portfolio of your best work that is presented in an accessible way. Include meaningful commentary and descriptions about your work. This shows that you have the ability to think critically and communicate ideas. Also look at other Seelio pages that appear professional. Find what makes them successful and use this in yours. Remember that Seelio may be your first impression for an interviewer!
We are excited to see the great work you’ll do at your summer job, Caroline. Congratulations and best of luck! For more information about her journey, see her Seelio.