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Media work and the creative industries

Media work and the creative industries
Media work and the creative industries
Purpose: the purpose of this paper is to examine the situated understandings that higher education students can offer on their employability, and to make sense of “employability” in industry and career context?specific ways. The paper further seeks to explore potential critical reflections on emerging professional practice and future employment conditions.

Design/methodology/approach: drawing on interviews and focus groups conducted with students located within a university?operated industry?facing media production studio, this paper focuses on how students articulate their career development and aspirations.

Findings: discussing their studio experience and forms of “identity work”, students would nuance “employability” in terms of media industry?specific concepts of creativity and professionalism. Anxieties around future professional practice were also voiced, signaling the potential value of a Career Studies approach that creates a space for explicitly exploring employment conditions as personally meaningful concerns.

Research limitations/implications: noting how employability is articulated in terms of industry professionalism, this paper encourages analysis that is attentive to situated understandings and identity work. Given the studio and media focus, application of findings may be limited.

Practical implications: relevant for industry employers is how students make sense of their future career aspirations and undertake “work on the self” that is bound up with but also potentially critical of professional norms, quality of life and work conditions.

Originality/value: recognising how employment can be understood in terms of “professionalism”, this paper suggests how an exploration of discourses and practices of professionalism can be part of a wider examination of employability. This paper explores the value of the Career Studies approach for integrating questions of student identity with subject?specific accounts critical to employment conditions and practices
media industries, career studies, employability, professionalism, universities, working conditions, identity, work
0040-0912
546-560
Ashton, Daniel
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Ashton, Daniel
b267eae4-7bdb-4fe3-9267-5ebad36e86f7

Ashton, Daniel (2011) Media work and the creative industries. Education and Training, 53 (6), 546-560. (doi:10.1108/00400911111159494).

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Purpose: the purpose of this paper is to examine the situated understandings that higher education students can offer on their employability, and to make sense of “employability” in industry and career context?specific ways. The paper further seeks to explore potential critical reflections on emerging professional practice and future employment conditions.

Design/methodology/approach: drawing on interviews and focus groups conducted with students located within a university?operated industry?facing media production studio, this paper focuses on how students articulate their career development and aspirations.

Findings: discussing their studio experience and forms of “identity work”, students would nuance “employability” in terms of media industry?specific concepts of creativity and professionalism. Anxieties around future professional practice were also voiced, signaling the potential value of a Career Studies approach that creates a space for explicitly exploring employment conditions as personally meaningful concerns.

Research limitations/implications: noting how employability is articulated in terms of industry professionalism, this paper encourages analysis that is attentive to situated understandings and identity work. Given the studio and media focus, application of findings may be limited.

Practical implications: relevant for industry employers is how students make sense of their future career aspirations and undertake “work on the self” that is bound up with but also potentially critical of professional norms, quality of life and work conditions.

Originality/value: recognising how employment can be understood in terms of “professionalism”, this paper suggests how an exploration of discourses and practices of professionalism can be part of a wider examination of employability. This paper explores the value of the Career Studies approach for integrating questions of student identity with subject?specific accounts critical to employment conditions and practices

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Accepted/In Press date: May 2011
Published date: 2011
Keywords: media industries, career studies, employability, professionalism, universities, working conditions, identity, work
Organisations: Winchester School of Art

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Local EPrints ID: 382748
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/382748
ISSN: 0040-0912
PURE UUID: 1f558427-922e-4d5d-8d78-357297be8204
ORCID for Daniel Ashton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3120-1783

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Date deposited: 12 Oct 2015 07:43
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:21

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