The "Student Survival Kit" is the section that has a lot of useful and related information for students of the HTI Programme.

 

 

 

Here are all the links that you would need, a brief description of their usage, and the direct link.

TUT Online Services – Access using your last name or provided account name + password

UTA Online Services – Access using your BUA and password (initials followed by ID)

  • UTA Moodle – Access your UTA courses, calendar, etc. https://learning2.uta.fi/
  • NettiOpsu – UTA portal for your records, transcripts, etc. uta.fi/nettiopsu/
  • UTA Intranet – Access to information such as news, links, and information. https://uta.fi
  • NettiKatti – Access to your UTA Basic User Account (BUA) to change your password, and manage email publishing information https://www10.uta.fi/nettikatti
  • Tenttis – Access to your UTA online exam section to book a time and see your reservations. https://tenttis.uta.fi/
  • UTA Library – Access UTA Library for finding books, or searching the online database. http://www.uta.fi/kirjasto
  • UTA Student Mail – Access to your .student.uta.fi account and office365 https://outlook.com/student.uta.fi
  • UTA Staff Mail – Access to your .uta.fi account. https://outlook.com/staff.uta.fi
  • Nelli Portal– Access to multiple databases, journal articles, online books, etc using your own university credentials nelliportaali.fi/

As UX and UI designers, the most crucial element to a successful career is your portfolio. It is the single tool that shows your skills, talents, and work. The portfolio can make a difference between being interviewed or left wondering why no one is contacting you even though you have a great CV.

Below are some tips to help you build your portfolio and getting the most from it.

  • Start Early – A portfolio is not a one-time task, but rather a lifetime project that needs to be completed as you move forward with your studies and then work. Start in the early stages of your studies, and update it as more projects and skills are built. Even if you are at the beginning stages of your studies, you can use your coursework or assignments as part of your work and then update your portfolio and replace those with more intensive projects.
  • Basic Blocks – Before getting excited and starting planning an A to Z solution for yourself, start with the basics and the building blocks. Ask yourself what you would like to highlight and what information would you like to share. Gather all the little pieces of the puzzle and have some data ready before you make your portfolio. Even if you don’t have anything in the beginning that is not a problem, get the skeleton made and add to it bit by bit.
  • Not A CV – You must remember at all times that your portfolio is not your CV. It can be an extension of your CV, but while your CV mostly highlights what you have done and what you are capable of, the Portfolio will show those capabilities and samples of your work. The portfolio itself can be a great demo of your talents. So ensure you spend enough time and patience on it.
  • Your Brand – While the design of the portfolio completely relies on your personal taste and preferences, the basic design rules must be followed. Think of it as your brand when creating your portfolio. As any other brand, you must follow some standards. This includes your overall theme, colors, fonts, visuals, photos, and other elements. At the early stages this might sound confusing, but chose 2 or 3 colors to work with and then update your portfolio at a later stage when you have a more clear idea of how to apply the theories.
  • Be Unique – As mentioned, portfolio is your brand. As any other brand it has be unique to stand out from the rest. Do your research, find portfolios you like, and take inspiration from them. What you should remember is that while being unique and having your own touch, you should ensure that the viewers are not left with uncertainties and any questions. Be sure to address this and look at it from the perspective of the viewer.
  • Ethics – Honesty is valued and considered a great asset. So make sure you are honest, clear, and give credit to work done as part of a project or a team. You don’t necessarily need to mention everyone involved, but make sure you point out that the work was done in collaboration and what your contribution was in the project.
  • Feedback – Getting feedback from your friends, peers, and colleagues is perhaps the best method of evaluating your work and finding your week points. Take a UCD approach and ensure you ask people to have a look and evaluate your work and iterate as needed.
  • Portfolio Tools – There are many different methods of approaching portfolio creation, and each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Below are some tools to help you get started on your portfolio
    • Adobe In Design – If you are hands on with design, and want to create your portfolio from scratch and in the form of a booklet or similar, then you can use In Design or other similar tools to achieve your goals. You can also go ahead and research on some available themes and designs that you can customize and tailor made to your style.
    • Website – Having your own website is something that not everyone opts for, however it is a great tool to show your practical skills. Consider all the costs involved as well such as domain name registration, hosting services, and other relevant costs. There are always great themes to choose from and simple GUI options to make a beautiful website but it will require some effort and willingness.
    • Online Platforms – If you do not possess the tools and resources to start a site from scratch or edit a theme, then the best option is available online resources. There are many different solutions available. However, one that is particularly has a very well made UI and is easy to setup is branded.me. Even though it has a premium membership, the free option has more than enough to get you started and have your portfolio out in no time.
  • Portfolio Elements: When making the portfolio make sure you include the basic elements and deliver the message to your audience. The Message being “why you should hire me” and the audience being the companies who you apply for work.
    • Sections: Some of the basic sections that you can highlight in your portfolio are About Me, Education, Experience, Practical Work, Skills, and Contact Me. One section that is optional but highly recommended is the Testimonials that adds value to your portfolio.
    • Text : You want your words to be read and not ignored. So make sure you have enough, but not too much. When describing a project or a certain work experience, give a snapshot of the topic and the main idea rather than the whole story.
    • Approach : As UI/UX designers, it is extremely important to show how you approach a problem, what process do you go through, and how you come up with a solution. Make sure this is well written and clear to the reader as they can clearly see if you are a match for the position.
    • Visuals : Make sure to complement your text with visuals. Sample of work you have done previously play a key role. Even if your work is on a paper form, scan it and include it. If you have demo videos make sure to link to them. Photos also play a key role in re-enforcing the message. So make sure you select related photos for your portfolio that follow the theme.
    • Contact : In your portfolio there has to be a way to reach you, so include a “contact me” form if you are using an interactive online portfolio, or clear contact information if you use an offline portfolio.

After reading the initial and general guideline, try to create your own portfolio if you have not already. It plays a vital role for your future and your career.

Follow the 7 Steps shown below and have a beautiful portfolio in a matter of minutes
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