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BA3000: Arts Edge Guide: At Work

Build your professional identity

Professional identity is defined as one’s professional self-concept based on attributes, beliefs, values, motives, and experiences (Ibarra, 1999). Protecting your professional 'brand identity' is very important if you consider how many jobs you are likely to apply for in your life. Make sure your online presence creates a positive impression.

Ibarra, H. (1999). Provisional selves: Experimenting with image and identity in professional adaptation. Administrative Science Quarterly 44(4): 764–791.

Contribute to your workplace culture

Workplace culture refers to the unique character or personality of a business or organisation. Positive workplace culture will attract talented staff, encourage engagement and retention, and contribute to employee satisfaction.

Break barriers

Stand out and break barriers over your career

  • Be a member of a minority (e.g. female, Indigenous or LGBTI) in your workplace or profession and demonstrate that your minority status doesn't prevent you from being a success
  • Gain recognition for your achievements and get promoted or move to better jobs.

Be a good team member

Individuals benefit from effective teamwork as it makes your job easier and provides opportunities for professional development. Managers benefit from effective teamwork as it increases productivity, generates new ideas and improves employee satisfaction.

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