A GIS portfolio is a way to digitally present GIS projects and maps that you have created. Another way to think about it is as a visual resume. Since the end product of most GIS projects is a visual output such as a map or online app, this is a great way to highlight those geospatial accomplishments. A portfolio is the space where you can creatively show others what geospatial skillsets you have that goes beyond the text-based approach of a traditional resume.
Should you create a GIS portfolio?
Your GIS portfolio is a living memory book of your career. On a personal level, it’s a wonderful reminder to yourself of all that you have accomplished and lets you further visualize a roadmap to additional skills you want to acquire.
Ideally you should start creating one with the first GIS or cartography course you take and update it as your career in GIS develops. However, it’s never too late to start a portfolio even if you are a seasoned GIS professional.
A growing number of employers are requesting access to your GIS portfolio as part of your job application. Portfolios can showcase not only the maps you have made, and the GIS tools you are skilled in, but also lets potential employers understand your writing, communication, and organizational styles.
5 benefits of a portfolio:
Creating your portfolio
When creating a portfolio, your goal should be to ensure that it is a great product of all your work and accomplishments. Your portfolio should be well thought out and easy to navigate.
You can create a story map journal or build your own website (WordPress, GitHub, Weebly, etc.). The look and feel is completely up to you but there are a few essential details you should always include on your portfolio.
Need more help?
Are still feeling stuck on what to do for your portfolio? Here are a couple great examples:
You can find more excellent portfolio examples by doing a simple search for “GIS portfolios” on the web.
Esri is also a great resource and even has some of their own guides on creating a portfolio. You can find their guide for a story map portfolio here.