Developing Your Learning Portfolio

Developing Your Learning Portfolio
1. Why should you develop a Learning Portfolio?
2. Structure for your Learning Portfolio
3. Details to be included in the application letter
4. Edited Advertisement – NSW Treasury Graduate Program 2017
5. Learning Portfolio formatting
6. Marking criteria and standards
1. Why should you develop a Learning Portfolio?
A learning portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits a student’s effort,
progress, achievements and competencies gained during a unit. It allows you to reflect on
your learning and provides a richer picture of learning through an efficient, dynamic and
integrated process. A Learning portfolio is an essential part of your academic development in
the unit Working in Professions as it will show your accomplishments and growth in the unit.
It is a living document as it will change over time as you evaluate your Learning, reflect and
act on the results. A Learning portfolio in this unit will consist of a written report of 2000
words, excluding your reference list and supplementary material which is included in the in
appendices. It should contain a summary of your major Learning accomplishments with
selected examples that substantiate your commentary. The document will highlight any
changes you have made to your learning on the basis of reading learning resources in the
unit Working in Professions, peer discussions, research you have conducted related to the
unit Working in Professions.
2. Structure for your Learning Portfolio
In this unit – Working in Professions, there is a prescribed way to write your Learning
portfolio. The instructors in this unit will be seeking evidence that you have demonstrated:
• scholarly writing
• reflective writing of your response to experiences, opinions and new information in this unit
• reflected on how your learning has influenced your progress
The following structure is expected to be used in your report
• Title Page
• A concept map
 Abstract: In less than 200 words explain what the report is about, how you reflected on
your learning, what major things did you learn and what do your findings mean?
• Introduction: Give some background information about your Learning Portfolio. State the
aim of your Learning Portfolio. Outline the body sections.
• Main Body: Organise the sections in a logical sequence: what you investigated, what you
found, what interpretations and what judgements you made. Use short informative headings
and subheadings. The body must include a critical reflection of your learning and its impact
on how you developed your application for employment letter.
• Conclusion: What has been achieved from your Learning Portfolio and what is the
significance of your findings and your discussion? Have your aims been successful or not?
What do you recommend as a course of action following your conclusion?
• References
A list of all the sources you used.
• Appendices
Any graphs, charts, tables etc you used in your report but did not include in the body.
• Application letter to ATO
3. Details to be included in the application letter
You are required to write an application letter which would form part of your Appendices.
Your application letter should be based on the advertisement (see ATO advertisement). The
job application should consist of the following:
1. A cover letter (Maximum 2 pages)
2. Resume (Maximum 3 pages)
3. Addressing selection criteria.
You are only required to address how you meet the Selection Criteria in the job
Your address of the selection criteria should not be more than 4 pages.
4. Edited Advertisement
Our Graduate program
What we offer
We offer:
 an intensive 12-month program
 challenging work rotations to develop your skills and explore different areas of
 a program manager to support you professionally and personally throughout the year
 dedicated training and development opportunities
 a competitive starting salary of around $58,000
 advancement upon successful completion
 flexible working arrangements
 an excellent social and networking base with fellow graduates.
On successful completion of the Graduate program, you’ll:
 be positioned in an ongoing role that is relevant to your discipline
 advance to the next classification level APS4
 on successful advancement be paid a salary of $64,605 with excellent superannuation
 continue to receive a wide range of employee benefits, including four weeks annual
leave, annual salary advancement, flexible working hours and excellent super
Your graduate year gives you an unmatched opportunity to develop networks and
professional contacts, along with friendships with a range of people.
When to lodge
We accept Graduate program applications once a year.
Selection Criteria
 Strategic thinking
o Focuses strategically
o Shows judgment, intelligence and common sense
 Achieves results
o Builds organisational capability and responsiveness
o Ensures closure and delivers on intended results
 Productive working relationships
o Nurtures internal and external relationships
 Personal drive and integrity
o Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity
o Displays resilience
o Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development
 Communicates with influence
o Communicates clearly
o Listens, understands and adapts to audience
o Negotiates persuasively
 Demonstrates technical knowledge
o Core technical knowledge and skills relevant to your degree
o Ability to further develop the capabilities required for your role in the ATO
About lodging your application
When completing the online application you should submit your:
 resume
 employment details
 referees
Work rotations
During your work rotations, you will build networks and identify work types that interest
Over 12 months, you will complete:
 two different work rotations
 a client-contact component to give you exposure to different facets of the
What did you study?
We offer tailored Graduate programs for a range of degrees and areas of study.
These include:
 accounting/commerce
 economics
 finance
 human resource management
 law
 marketing/communications
 STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or statistics.
A detailed explanation of each of these roles can be found at:

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