Digital Storytelling as a narrative approach to identity and career construction

Pirita Juppi


Digital Storytelling (DST) is a participatory, narrative, and art-based practice that has been applied for various purposes and in various institutional contexts. In higher education institutions, it has many uses. Besides building various skills, DST requires and develops reflexivity, and through self-reflection increases students’ self-awareness and supports their identity work. This chapter explores how DST can be used for career construction and for developing students’ professional identity. The practice is discussed within the broader framework of narrative theory and practice, on one hand, and in the framework of career guidance and counselling on the other. The chapter suggests that in the era of increasingly fragmented and insecure work and careers, new practices are needed to support young adults as they study, graduate, and enter and navigate their working life and various occupational transitions. The need is high especially among the arts and culture students and in other fields in which so called portfolio careers are becoming common. Creating and sharing multimodal career stories in a facilitated group-based process, using the method of DST, can provide a useful tool for career counselling in educational institutions.

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