Portfolio Show will give students real-world feedback

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Event at The Shed will see students sharing their portfolios with digital industry professionals.

Final-year students from MMU’s BSc Web Development, BSc Information & Communications, and BSc Digital Media & Communications programmes will be getting the benefit of industry advice at this year’s Portfolio Show event at The Shed.

All 25 students are studying the Agency Ready unit, specially designed for those in their last year of undergraduate study. This informal event will see the students showing their current portfolio, with digital industry representatives providing real-world feedback in the areas of front end design, UX (user experience) and project management. Companies taking part in the event include Code Computerlove, Reading Room, The Hut Group, Ayup, and CandidSky.

Richard Eskins, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, BSc Web Development, said: “As part of the Agency Ready assessment, students were tasked to develop a professional portfolio. The Portfolio Show gives them the opportunity meet and discuss their portfolio with professionals from industry. Some of our guests will be offering advice from the perspective of potential employers, letting the students know what they want to see when reviewing potential talent.”

Having created their portfolios and accompanying blog posts last term, the students will this year be undertaking two self-initiated projects to develop new skills and address any gaps in their knowledge they have identified. Displaying their work on laptops for the Portfolio Show, the feedback and advice they receive will be valuable for both their current studies and future careers.

“It’s hoped that this kind of ‘critique’ can provide students with a further insight into what employers are looking for,” explained Eskins. “It also gives them the opportunity to ask about other roles, as they may not all want to be coders. It’s followed in February by Talent Day [at the Manchester Digital Skills Festival] which will give them an opportunity to take this further, talking to even more employers.”

Portfolio Show takes place on Wednesday 26 January, 5-8pm. More information here. Portfolio sites are visible via www.ico.mmu.ac.uk/three.html. All sites are hosted by www.34sp.com who are providing free web hosting until graduation