Can Educational e-Portfolios Help Students Get a Job? Insights from School Principals and HR Directors

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Nuestro artículo pretende estudiar el potencial del e-portafolio educativo como currículum vitae multimedia y herramienta de búsqueda de trabajo, el cual se puede enviar fácilmente a futuros empleadores. El porfolio electrónico recoge información sobre competencias y experiencias personales y profesionales tanto formales como informales. Igualmente, presenta trabajos, certificados y otro tipo de pruebas elegidos por el individuo para ilustrar sus habilidades y competencias y evidenciar sus logros. Se analizarán los resultados de una encuesta a directores de colegios y directores de recursos humanos y se demostrará que el portafolio electrónico puede considerarse una herramienta de búsqueda de trabajo muy útil que cuenta con una significativa aprobación tanto en el mundo de la educación como de la empresa.
This paper intends to explore the potential of the educational ePortfolio as a multimedia curriculum vitae and a job search tool that can be sent out to future employers. It can be used to present, document, reflect on, and promote students’ skills, credentials, certificates and diverse formal and informal experiences in a structured, well-organized and marketable way. The results of a survey carried out among thirty-three school principals and fifty-two human resources directors will be analyzed. The research findings reveal that the electronic portfolio can be considered a very useful job search tool that can count with a significant approval both in the education as well as in the business worlds.
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