Australian artists, starving and well-nourished: What can we learn from the prototypical protean career?

Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2005) Australian artists, starving and well-nourished: What can we learn from the prototypical protean career? Australian Journal of Career Development, 14(3), pp. 40-48.


Recent literature documents the demise of the traditional linear career and the rise of a new ‘protean’, ‘boundaryless’, ‘portfolio’ career, typified by do-it-yourself career management with a focus on security in ongoing employability rather than security in ongoing employment. This paper presents an overview of the key attributes of the new career, and argues that it is not an entirely new phenomenon. Individuals with careers in the well-established fields of fine and performing arts often fit into the ‘new careerist’ model, and as such they are an ideal group to target for future research into this new pattern of career. Employment/ career data for professional fine artists, performing artists and musicians in Australia is presented to support this claim. A discussion of the career meta-competencies and career/ life management skills essential to navigate the 21st century world of boundaryless work is presented, with specific reference to the professional artist in Australia, and recommendations for future research are made.

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ID Code: 1767
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: protean careers, boundaryless careers, portfolio careers, career development theory, career competencies, boundaryless career competencies, knowing competencies, arts careers, Australian artists, artists careers, musicians careers, actors careers, performing arts careers, creative arts careers, new careers, new careerist, knowledge age worker, professional artists, creative industries, arts employment data, artists employment, psychology of artists
ISSN: 1038-4162
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 2005 ACER Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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