Introduction: Creative graduate pathways within and beyond the creative industries

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Bridgstock, Ruth
Goldsmith, Ben
Rodgers, Jess
Hearn, Greg
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Bridgstock, Ruth

Goldsmith, Ben

Rodgers, Jess

Hearn, Greg

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2016
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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. Extent 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.

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Creative graduate pathways within and beyond the creative industries

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Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified

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