I'm making a portfolio site with a few pages on a standard nav bar: Home, Contact, Portfolio, About, Career
As this site is to showcase my skills it is leaning heavily toward "design" as opposed to just "functional". While designing the site I realized that it looks a bit silly to have the nav item "Home" when on the home screen, and "About" on the about screen, etc. It appears to me to be wasted space as the items will have no (useful) functionality and possibly even be confusing. Especially when I design for the mobile site, that is valuable real estate being taken up. However, it may also be confusing to remove these navigation items on separate pages, making the nav menu appear inconsistent.
So my question is, is it better to keep the nav items consistent between pages even if they are taking up valuable space and do not provide useful functionality. Or remove the nav item that links to your current page, freeing up space and unnecessary functionality, but create inconsistency between pages?