The role of ePortfolios in shaping professional identity and employability
Sport Management Education: Global Perspectives and Implications for Practice
Taylor & Francis
School of Business and Law
The development of professional identity, graduate employability and the role of ePortfolios is of growing interest in Higher Education (HE). The ePortfolio is increasingly being utilised as a useful and flexible tool for learning, reflection, and the development of one’s self, as well as a means to foster and showcase an individual’s overall professional identity to employers. Their use within business undergraduate education and, more specifically, within sport management degrees is, however, relatively new. This chapter uses a case study to explore how employability capital and professional identity can be conceptualised through an ePortfolio, and how an ePortfolio can be used in the context of sport management HE to shape professional identity and therefore enhance employability. It highlights the many benefits of using an ePortfolio to introduce, consolidate, and demonstrate the attainment of capabilities and behaviours over the life of an undergraduate sport management degree, through the use of reflective practice and a range of evidence sources. Developing one’s professional identity, including a personal brand that articulates strengths, capabilities, and achievements that can be promoted using platforms such as LinkedIn and/or ePortfolios is one way to improve employability capital; the pedagogic underpinning and practical implications of this approach are considered within this chapter.