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Centre for Languages and Inter-Communication


It was very interesting and eye opening how much work is left to fully understand another culture.

CLIC offers a series of workshops and 1-2-1 coaching to support students in developing their global agility:


Culture Shock

Culture shock isn’t necessarily a negative experience, but most students and researchers (both native and non-native speakers!) will experience the negative side effects of it in some form or shape when living abroad or when working in your home country but working across cultures face-to-face or remotely. Even a very good command of a language doesn’t guarantee an easy cultural ‘transition’ – one can master a foreign language to the proficiency level, but there is more to communication than speaking the same language.

In this workshop, you will gain a better understanding of the culture shock, its impact on day-to-day interactions and how to deal with it. 

Workshop date: Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 16:00 - 18:00

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Intercultural Communication

Have you ever struggled with other students’ or colleagues’ styles of communication, wondered why some people seem to use more formal language, or be more direct than others? Culture plays a big part in how we communicate and adjusting to the cultural communication norms means more than learning a foreign language. Join our workshop to learn more about the importance of cultural competence in interactions - find out more about the impact of cultural (national, regional, interdisciplinary etc.) differences on management styles, team dynamics, communication and more. 

Workshop date: Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 16:00 - 18:00

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Soft Skills

Technical skills are a must-have, but a new skillset is emerging when it comes to finding the right candidate for employment. Those harder to teach and quantify skills, the so called soft or interpersonal skills, have become critical in the recruitment process of global companies and are tested at various stages of job applications.

In this workshop, you will reflect on:

  1. What are soft skills and why you need them?
  2. How do you know which ones you have?
  3. How can you demonstrate them to your future employers?
  4. How to develop them?

Workshop date: Wednesday 17th November 2021, 16:00 - 18:00

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People buy People

Many people believe that your future career opportunities are down to luck and being at the right place at the right time. The reality is that your attitude towards getting to know new people and strategic networking is one of the most important ingredients when it comes to your career development. In this workshop, you will learn about the optimal mindset for increase your 'luck’ through networking, both face-to-face and online.

Workshop date: Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 16:00 - 18:00

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Skillset for VUCA

In this ever-changing world, adaptability is one of the most valuable skills for your time in Cambridge and also for your future employment. In this session, you will discuss the requirements of ‘the new normal’ – the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous reality that requires the right mindset to support you as an ongoing part of your professional life. You will learn how to address VUCA and how to turn the adversities we’re all facing and turn them into opportunities. 

Workshop date: Thursday, 24th February 2022, 16:00 - 18:00

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Cultural coaching

Living and working in both exciting and challenging international environments bring a certain complexity that might need to be explored further. These sessions will guide you in better understanding your communication profile and preferences, allowing you to adapt to a range of situations and contexts as well as to various interlocutors’ profiles, including intercultural aspects. Please contact Kasia () if you are interested. 


Coaching for job/placement applications

Being able to communicate your strengths to your future employers is a key ingredient for successful job applications. With the help of a coach, you can discover what your strengths are and how to demonstrate them at the different stages of the application process. Please contact Kasia () if you are interested.