Follow your (employable) bliss: The challenge of the Australian applied arts graduate

Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2006) Follow your (employable) bliss: The challenge of the Australian applied arts graduate. In AACC06 International Careers Conference, 18-21 April, Sydney.


Recent career theory literature has documented the rise of the ‘protean’ or ‘boundaryless’ career, typified by subjective, psychological motivators and measures of success (with an emphasis on personally meaningful life/work), high levels of personal responsibility for career development and low job security. There is strong evidence to suggest that creative and performing artists often fit into this new careerist model (e.g., Bridgstock, 2005). Tertiary graduates in arts will emerge into a highly competitive and uncertain working world, with nearly half of all creative and performing arts graduates still seeking full-time employment four months after finishing university (all other fields 20% - Graduate Careers Council of Australia, 2005). This study surveyed 180 students finishing undergraduate degrees in applied arts at three universities in terms of their orientation towards the protean career, and their beliefs regarding the essential precursors of a successful career in arts. Technical/ industrial arts (design, multimedia, film & television) graduates face similar career challenges to creative and performing arts graduates and have similar needs in terms of career management education, but arts / education students do not fit this profile. Participants recognised the importance of a protean career orientation and were fairly confident about their abilities to navigate their careers, though a significant proportion had not yet worked in their chosen field/s. Recommendations for arts industry work experience or internship programs for applied arts students and further research are made.

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ID Code: 4013
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: artists, career development, protean careers, graduate capabilities, employability, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 09 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:55

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