Paper vs ePortfolio's

An editorial from Lois Boyd, Director of PIO.  Lois offers her experience as a user of the PIO product when away from her director role.

For the last 5 years I’ve had a very active ePortfolio as I typically have 3-5 different freelance contracts and roles a year, so I am constantly sending out and updating my cv and professional details.

Yes, my portfolio is up to date and I can see my professional hours on the dashboard in two clicks but what I’m really finding useful is having all this info in little chunks of data that I can combine into one specific document, in less than 5 minutes, if I need it. 

I was talking to someone on the phone the other day about professional supervision and was able to send them a CV with just the relevant info in it, while we were talking.  My bank wanted an update on my contracted work for the year and again I was able to flick through role descriptions and contract info with ease.  The new Vault functionality has more storage than before and the option to purchase even more if needed so I can keep related professional information in the one place. 

A couple of weeks ago my laptop died and one less stress was knowing all my professional information was safe in PIO and available as soon as I had turned my new laptop on.  I am also writing an article with a colleague and was able to use the Reflective writing to draft up some ideas and share them with her for comment using the remote viewing feature.

But my all time favourite is being able to upload photos of training certificates and other relevant information from my phone, straight into my training record, professional development hours or the PIO Vault. 

At PIO we spend a lot of time listening to our customers and our designs are constantly being refined and further developed based on your suggestions, so please keep them coming so we can be in the background, supporting best practice in ways that are helpful to you.

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