Create an ENGins Portfolio to show off your expertise
LinkedIn and/or your own website are the best ways to show off your expertise once you’re established: but when you’re starting out in your career you may find your pages a bit sparse and difficult to fill. The ENGins portfolio is intended to provide you with a kind of interesting, partly-visual online resume that shows off your passions, talents and experiences in slightly less formal way. Because it’s just one page, there’s not so much pressure to find loads of stuff to fill it, and because it’s not so formal you don’t need to worry about talking about jobs and credentials you haven’t had yet.
You can get the gist of the kind of page you can create here.
You can make all or part of your portfolio public (searchable), semi-private (so only people with the link will see it), or fully private (just for you). If you want any part of it public, you need to make sure your profile settings reflect this. (See how to do this in the profile section below).
Incidentally, if you don’t need a portfolio, you can use it as a home page instead and just use it to view stories, books, and events that you’ve previously favourited.
Get started with a profile
An easy way to start is to add a My Profile Widget to the page by clicking the Add Widget link at the bottom of the screen. This will pull in the profile information that you registered with. If the profile is not what you want, you can click the settings (cogs) and then Edit to change it. If this doesn’t give you enough flexibility, use a Simple HTML widget to create your profile instead (see below). You need to make sure to hit Save on these widgets before you leave the page!
Use your profile settings to set the colour palette of your portfolio. If you’re not using a profile widget, you can tweak these using the View/Edit Profile button from the ENGins navigation menu at the bottom right of the top bar.
Add details of projects you’ve done
Just a picture or diagram and a paragraph of text can give people a flavour of the projects you’ve been working on. Add a Simple HTML widget to do this. We don’t host images on the site for copyright and other reasons, so if you want to use a picture you have to put it live somewhere else first, find the direct link to the image, and use the image’s direct address (URL) to pull in the picture. Google Drive and Dropbox don’t really work for this, so best to put your images somewhere that is genuinely public and requires no log-in to view content (like free blog site or a publicly-viewable Flickr account).
You can also add a YouTube Video (again, make sure you’ve set it as publicly viewable before adding the URL) if you want to show off a demo of something you are working on or have made a video presentation about your work.
Pull in your feeds and favourites
If you’re active on Twitter or have a blog with an RSS Feed that you write for or just follow, you can add widgets to your portfolio to pull in that content. You can also curate your own My Favourite Articles/Books/Events widgets by favouriting stories/books/events from the main ENGins site. Just hover over the ENGins head next to the story and click Add to favourites.
Tweak the layout and check how it looks to the world
All the widgets can be moved by clicking and dragging from around the title area. They can be resized by clicking and dragging from around the bottom right corner. For best results, drag SLOWLY! Don’t forget, however, that this is all HTML and will look different on different browsers. If how it looks is important, make sure to check it on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera. Remember, some people still have to use Internet Explorer too. Use this form of the URL http://uclengins.org/profile/[yourname or custom code]/ and make sure that you’re logged out of your ENGins account when you do the checking.
Page content is often cached at various places between you and our servers, so even after you’ve made a bunch of changes and checked them while logged into ENGins, you will find it takes a few minutes for these to show up publicly to someone logged out. Give it a few minutes…
If it’s proving more difficult than you expected, contact Dr Sunny Bains, our Editorial Director, and she’ll do her best to fix the bug or find a workaround.