Developing employability and professional identity through visual narratives

Dawn Bennett

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Enhancing employability for higher education arts graduates requires collaborative action on three fronts: specificity in the measurement and reporting of graduate outcomes; advocacy to re-align stakeholder conceptions of graduate work and employability; and learner engagement in career-related thinking and action. This paper reports a career-related engagement in which students and educators created visual narratives with text-based captions in answer to the question, "What is a musician?" Similarities and differences in student-educator thinking highlight the potential for students to generate broad career previews through in-class engagement. Visual methodologies emerge as a powerful strategy for the promotion of career-oriented thinking and reflection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-115
JournalAustralian Art Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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