Landing your first job in Creative Technologies: Soft skills as Core skills

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Rajiv Rajusha Ricardo Sosa http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3678-0702 Amabel Hunting

Abstract

Recent university graduates face an ever-changing professional landscape where it can be challenging to find jobs that lead to successful careers. This is particularly the case for emergent professions such as Creative Technologies, given the changing nature of technology and the value as well as the challenges of working across traditional disciplines. This paper presents a research project that seeks to help fresh creative technologists get better work opportunities in a changing landscape. Students, alumni, and industry experts were interviewed to identify current perceptions and practices, opportunities and challenges, and to generate insights that inform the design of future solutions. Three themes were identified from these interviews: unexplored existing opportunities, a demand for employability skills, and the need for better student-industry interactions. The first refers to opportunities that may already be available but lack sufficient recognition or need more visibility. The second points to the need of an ongoing dialogue between academia and industry to identify the changing landscape of skills in demand. The third highlights the need for creative collaborations across sectors and actors to increase the interaction between students and potential employers. The insights from this study inform the aspects that need to be addressed to design solutions that help Creative Technologies graduates start their careers in the right directions. The research raises new questions about why and how universities in the future can engage stakeholders to make the most of existing untapped opportunities and restructure processes to align with changing demands in industry.

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RAJUSHA, Rajiv; SOSA, Ricardo; HUNTING, Amabel. Landing your first job in Creative Technologies: Soft skills as Core skills. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, [S.l.], v. 27, n. 1, p. 65-81, mar. 2022. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/DATE/article/view/3139>. Date accessed: 09 dec. 2022.
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Research