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Creative graduate pathways within and beyond the creative industries

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posted on 2023-05-22, 05:08 authored by Bridgstock, R, Goldsmith, B, Jess RodgersJess Rodgers, Hearn, G
This special issue explores the nuances of graduate creative work, the kinds of value that creative graduates add through work of various types, graduate employability issues for creative graduates, emerging and developing creative career identities and the implications for educators who are tasked with developing a capable creative workforce. Extant literature tends to characterise creative careers as either ‘precarious’ and insecure, or as the engine room of the creative economy. However, in actuality, the creative workforce is far more heterogeneous than either of these positions suggest, and creative careers are far more complex and diverse than previously thought. The task of creative educators is also much more challenging than previously supposed. In this introductory article, we commence by providing a brief overview of the creative labour debates, and the evidence for each position. We present the latest literature in this area that starts to speak to how diverse and complex the landscape of creative work actually is. We then introduce each of the articles in this special issue and indicate how they contribute to a more multi-faceted picture of creative activity, and the lives and career trajectories of graduates from creative degrees.


Publication title

Journal of Education and Work






333 -345




School of Social Sciences



Place of publication

United Kingdom

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Workforce transition and employment; Employment patterns and change; Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies