1. Your Intercultural Career

The goals of this survey are to understand:
  • how today's interculturalists gained their expertise,
  • how they have tried to market or promote their work, and
  • which of these factors and techniques are most directly related to a satisfying career.
Who should participate? We are interested in hearing from anyone engaged in any kind of intercultural work, whether working independently (like trainers, coaches and consultants) or within an organization (like educators at a school, transferee support staff at a relocation company, human resources managers at a company, family support staff in missions or military offices). Both experienced and emerging interculturalists are encouraged to participate - that is, anyone who has done at least part-time or volunteer intercultural work for six months or more.
 
What participants will gain. We hope participation will serve a dual purpose: an opportunity to share their experience with others in a generative way that is characteristic of our field, and a chance to reflect on their own professional development. At a tangible level, participants will be the first to receive our study results.

Some practical points:
  • To get the nuanced results we think our field needs, the survey asks about a broad range of experiences. It will take about 20-25 minutes to complete.
  • You do not have to complete it in one sitting. Just click “Done” at the bottom of the page before you sign off; when you return to the link later, your partial answers will be there.
  • The survey is anonymous. You will not be asked your name or organization affiliation.
  • At the end of the survey is a link to a second, separate survey where you can enter your email address to receive the study results.

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* 1. In your own words, what kind of intercultural work do you do, or have you done, and in what context?

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* 2. Does/did your work (paid or volunteer, current or past) fit into any of these categories? Leave the item blank if you have never done it. Please mark no more than three items as being "One of my top 3 activities."

  One of my top 3 activities I do this regularly. I occasionally do this. I have done this in the past.
Formal, day-long cross-cultural training workshops for newcomers to a country
Shorter formal cross-cultural training workshops for newcomers to a country
Cross-cultural or cultural awareness training for teams or work groups in a business setting
Helping expatriates settle in to their new homes (destination services)
Supporting the family/personal side of moving to a new country
Informal, unstructured cross-cultural advice or support for newcomers to a country
Cross-cultural training for staff members who work with expatriates or immigrants
Survey or interview research studies on intercultural issues
Supporting newcomers to a country as a professional coach
Executive coaching in a global context
Counseling newcomers to a country as a mental health provider
Counseling newcomers to a country as an educator
Discussing intercultural competence as a language instructor
Writing academic articles or books on intercultural issues
Writing intercultural blog articles
Hosting a podcast on an intercultural topic
Teaching classes about intercultural issues
Reading, attending classes or workshops, or other ways of increasing your own knowledge base about intercultural issues
Teaching  a language as a foreign language
Marketing, planning or strategizing about how to build your intercultural business
Other (please describe below)

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* 3. Briefly describe the first time you were paid to do intercultural work - a job, a workshop, a culture-focused addition to your existing work. Please do not include names, just describe the pathway you followed.

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* 4. Interculturalists often try a variety of tactics to build their business or do their work. We are interested in which of these have you have tried, and which, if any, eventually led to paid work. If you have not tried/used a technique, leave it blank.

For those you have tried:

  Led directly to paid work. Led indirectly to paid work. Helped promote business but no known link to paid work. Volunteer activity only; I do not expect/try to be paid for it. I don't believe it was effective in any way.
Apply for a salaried job in an organization.
Directly contact an organization where you have no previous connection, and offer your intercultural services
Directly contact an organization where you have some kind of connection, and offer your intercultural services
Write an article/book about your area of expertise
Speak at a conference on a topic of your expertise
Attend Chamber of Commerce or other networking meetings
Become involved in an intercultural organization (like helping with its events, or serving on its board or committees)
Offer training workshop for free
Offer staff training for free
Host a web site
Maintain a LinkedIn page related to my intercultural work
Maintain a Facebook page related to my intercultural work
Maintain a Twitter account related to my intercultural work
Maintain an Instagram account related to my intercultural work
Maintain a YouTube channel related to my intercultural work
Host a podcast on intercultural topics
Write regularly (for example, a blog) on intercultural topics

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* 5. Were there any conferences, workshops, courses or other learning moments that were helpful in building your career? Please be as specific as possible (which conference or workshop?), and describe how it was transformative or instrumental for you.

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* 6. Interculturalists are sometimes asked to do some of their work without pay, or for a small honorarium, and some decide to do this - perhaps because they support the mission of an organization, or to gain experience, or because they think it may lead to future paid work.

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* 7. Please try to estimate the proportion of your intercultural work that is/was paid vs. non-paid. Don't include administrative or marketing time. We are interested in any intercultural talks, panels, conference presentations, workshops, trainings, or coaching sessions you deliver without pay.

100% Non-paid 50% Paid 100% Paid
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* 8. Often, interculturalists have a choice in how much money they charge for their work. Please check any of the following that are true for you.

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* 9. Below are some ways interculturalists get started doing their work. Please check all that are or were true for you:

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* 10. Most interculturalists try to balance having a positive impact through their work and making enough money for their needs. Please estimate where your balance point is by moving the slider along this continuum.

As long as my intercultural work has a good impact, the money is not so important to me. I need to make money doing my intercultural work.
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* 11. We hope you will share some information with us about your career. This will help us help emerging interculturalists navigate the world of establishing themselves.

How long have you worked in the intercultural field?

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* 12. Which of these statements best describes you.

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* 13. Are you:

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* 14. If you are an independent professional, skip this question and go to Question 15. If you are an employee in an organization, which of the following statements is true for you? Check as many as apply.

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* 15. Many interculturalists worked in other fields prior to beginning an intercultural career. Others work simultaneously in and outside the intercultural field. How long have you worked outside the intercultural field?

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* 16. Thinking of your current work life as a whole, what proportion of your work is intercultural in nature? If you are no longer working, please skip to Question 17.

none of it is, currently about half all of it is
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* 17. Which of these credentials do you have? Check all that apply.

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* 18. Please describe whether your educational degree(s) was/were in a field that is directly intercultural (like Intercultural Communication or Intercultural Relations), indirectly intercultural (like Spanish Literature or Immigration Law), not intercultural but included 2+ course in topics relevant to an intercultural career (like Higher Education or Psychology), or unrelated to intercultural (like Physical Education or Microbiology). You be the judge as to where your degree fits.

  directly intercultural indirectly intercultural not intercultural but included relevant courses not intercultural
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctoral degree
Other degree (describe below)

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* 19. Sometimes personal experiences have an impact on our interest in doing intercultural work, and/or our ability to get hired to do it. Which, if any, of the following are true of you?

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* 20. Do you think your personal experiences have had an impact on your intercultural work? Please describe.

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* 21. Please rank the factors that have been most important in your intercultural (IC) career. Give Rank #1 to the most important factor, #2 to the next-most important, etc. Please rank at least your top 5.

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* 22. Please rate the following:

  not at all somewhat mixed/medium quite very
I am satisfied with the amount of money I have been able to earn doing intercultural work.
I am optimistic that I will be able to earn a satisfactory amount of money doing intercultural work within the next few years.
I feel that my intercultural work is important and makes a difference in the world.

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* 23. All things considered, based on your experience, would you advise someone to pursue an intercultural career?

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