Friday, 6 September 2013

Interview with Fiona Millar - Exploration of Career Management Practices of Creative Individuals (CI-CMP)

This afternoon I had a very interesting telephone interview with Fiona Millar, a PhD student at the University of Stirling regarding her Exploration of Career Management Practices of Creative Individuals (CI-CMP).
This is how Fiona explains her research:
I am a PhD Student at the University of Stirling, conducting research that explores the career management practices of creative individuals from Fine Arts and Digital Media backgroundsThe project aims to explore how creative individuals manage their careers by identifying the issues that affect an individuals’ ability to manage their career and the steps an individual takes to make themselves more employable.  Through my research I am hoping to explore how creative individuals manage such traditionally unconventional careers and deal with the obstacles that they face in achieving their career goals. I have currently enjoyed informal chats with three Fine Artists and Four Digital Media Workers in Scotland hearing about their career journeys and educational backgrounds, discussing career decisions and interplays throughout their careers. It’s been really exciting exploring such wonderful and varied careers and the passion from each participant about their career has been overwhelming and truly enjoyable! The data collected is currently being analysed and will lead into a bigger study that hopes to commence in late November this year (2013). 
In a first step, CI-CMP seeks to identify the influences that affect an individual’s ability to manage their career and support their employability. In a second step, CI-CMP will then identify the career strategies that individuals utilise in order to positively support the management of their own careers.  This research endeavours to generate avenues for future research in this field and it is also hoped that valuable data and information on the career management practises of creative individuals will be generated which may enable change in policy or support provisions."
You can follow bites of Fiona's research on Twitter @Fiona_Millar or by following the hashtag #CMgtinCI where she regularly give snippets of her research. She would like to actively engage with persons who have views on this subject.

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