Työttömien luovien alojen ammattilaisten kokemukset digitarinatyöpajasta
— identiteettityötä ja tukea minäpystyvyydelle
In this article we explore the potential of Digital Storytelling to support creative professionals’ identity work, and to improve their self-efficacy beliefs and professional self-esteem. We base our analyses on the experiences of five workshops organized for unemployed arts and culture professionals. We describe the theoretical foundations and practical implementation of the workshops, and analyse feedback collected from the participants. In the workshops, Freewriting and Digital Storytelling practices were used for reflecting on careers and professional identities of the participants. Qualitative content analyses of the feedback shows, that the participants valued the learning experiences, peer support, encouraging atmosphere and self-reflection opportunities provided by the workshops. Many participants expressed improved self-awareness and satisfaction with one’s competence and accomplishments, as well as optimism about the future. Based on these findings, we suggest that applying autobiographical, narrative and art-based practices in a facilitated, group-based process can indeed improve self-esteem and self-efficacy of creative professional, and this may in turn improve their employment opportunities.