Do you spend your time in a 9-5 office job, downing endless cups of coffee in a bid to make it through the “daily grind”? Or are you living and breathing the job of your dreams, travelling the world, making sales, even helping others less fortunate than yourself? Did you smoothly transition straight into a job following your university graduation? Or did you find yourself working across a variety of roles in order to explore what it is you really want out of life and living?
These common narratives help to direct and influence the way we situate ourselves as working individuals, yet we are simultaneously family members, partners, friends, foes, and strangers smiling on the street, continually learning and living. As we listen to the stories of our parents and grandparents, it can seem as though there is no place for us to be the protagonist of our own story. Is the dream of owning a house any longer attainable? How do we even begin to navigate the journey from A to B?
In the Learning. Living activity area, we will be exploring the multitude of transitions from education to employment, interrogating what work and employment mean in today’s changing world, and asking how current education efforts suit the complexities of everyday living.
We will design a longitudinal “mass-gleaning” of everyday employment, using journaling capabilities to understand how people understand their work to be meaningful, what “meaningful” means to them, and what it might come to mean over time!
We are looking for partners to collaborate on proposals for funding. Please get in touch if you would like to make use of our distributed ethnographic tool in your research.