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Communication/Personal Development Programs


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Living and Working Abroad in the United States

Fee: $299.00
Program #: SS07057

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Relocating to the United States can be a rewarding and exciting experience. However, going into an unfamiliar workplace environment can also raise a myriad of questions. Do I relate to my coworkers in a particular way now that I’m in a different culture? Do I manage my career in the same way as I would in my own country? Who do I turn to for support? This course addresses these questions by describing key aspects of the American workplace that you may be unfamiliar with. It covers how to deal effectively with the diversity you’ll likely encounter in an American setting, what the expectations are for being a boss or subordinate in an American workplace, and how you can manage your career in a new environment. When you start working in an American workplace, you may be surprised by some of the differences in the communication style there, compared to your own. Culture influences how people send and interpret messages. To work effectively with people from another culture, it is beneficial to understand their communication style. This course describes the typical characteristics of the American communication style. It also explains some nonverbal communication behavior you may encounter in an American work context, and it presents general guidelines for communicating effectively both verbally and nonverbally in a US work environment. Efficiency, achievement, and action are important workplace values in the United States. And being successful in an American workplace can depend on how well you adopt practices that reflect these values. This course is approximately 4 hours.
Target Audience
Individuals who have moved, or plan to move, to the United States to live and work; also useful for anyone interested in American culture and work life

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