When you register for a portfolio, you will be able to personalize your career exploration and keep track of your activities and research. When you log in to your portfolio again, you will be able to pick up where you left off.
Many modules in the system will be automatically saved when you are logged in, or will save if you log in while completing them. These include the Interest Profiler, Work Importance Profiler, Skills Profiler, Budget Your Life, and the Resume Builder. You can access your saved progress when you return to the system by simply revisiting the module while logged in. We will explain how each of these tools work in the sections below.
The Virginia Career Explorer system contains a lot of information. You can flag and rate useful information so that you can easily find it again later. All profile pages contain an action bar with buttons for rating and flagging. Whenever you are logged in, all of your ratings and flags will be saved to your account.
Flagging an item is similar to creating a bookmark on the site. For example, if you were beginning to research colleges, you might flag the pages of institutions you want to learn more about.
The rating feature allows you to record the amount of interest you have in something on a scale of 1 to 5. After taking some college tours, you might decide that three schools you flagged on Virginia Career Explorer are wonderful while two are poor matches. You could rate your favorite colleges a 4 or 5 and rate the poor matches a 1 or 2.
Flags and ratings follow you through the system. When you see listings of occupations, colleges or instructional programs, you will also see any ratings you have given them. All pages with listings have an extra column that display your ratings. You can review your ratings by visiting the bookmark and ratings page or by returning to the profile page where you rated the item.
The Journal tool allows you to keep track of your career exploration or job searches.
You can create as many journals as you like. You might create a journal to keep track of a job you are applying for and another to record your thoughts on careers you might enjoy. If you are in school you might even want to create a different journal for each class assignment. Each journal contains journal entries, just like in a paper diary. Each journal can contain as many entries as you need. There its no right way to use the journal; you can tailor yours to meet your needs.
You can also add references to your journal entries that allow jump back to an item that interested you. These references can be added to any existing journal and can enhance your note taking ability.
For more detailed usage instructions, view the journal usage guide.