What is Project Global Citizen?

Project Global Citizen is a cultural competency accelerator program for international and domestic students seeking to work in Australia or internationally.

  • It creates an understanding of culturally-influenced expectations (the “unwritten rules”) of employers and how to bridge the gaps that could limit your ability to survive and thrive in your new host country.
  • Over an 8-week program, we empower you with practical cross-cultural skills in relation to your academic, social and safety situation.
  • Project Global Citizen is Australia’s first professional development program that focuses exclusively on leveraging culture to optimise your experience in studying, living and working as a truly global citizen.

Announcements.

OCTOBER 2020 | PRE-REGISTER FOR UPCOMING OPENINGS

There’s some big news we’ll be sharing soon. Although we can’t mention anything just yet, here’s a tip…

We strongly recommend pre-registering now if you want to be at the top of the waitlist for upcoming Project Global Citizen openings.

Over the past few months, we’ve been inundated with requests to unlock more programs by students seeking that competitive edge in the local employment market during COVID-19. Rest assured – we’re listening and have some announcements coming shortly!

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Here are some recent seminars, virtual programs, webcasts and video blogs we’ve been featured in, with still more to come…
  • International Student Leaders Forum 2020 (Study Queensland)
  • 8-week Student Employability Webinar Series (Federation University Australia)
  • Surviving COVID video series (Study Sunshine Coast / Study Queensland)
  • Virtual mentoring sessions exclusively for Project Global Citizen Alumni
Craig Shim, Project Global Citizen speaking at ISLF 2020

MAY 2020 | QUEENSLAND’S FIRST PROJECT GLOBAL CITIZEN SCHOLARS GRADUATE

Congratulations to our Sunshine Coast Scholars on your graduation.

We’re thrilled that despite the COVID-19 situation, several of you have already secured employment as a direct result of Project Global Citizen!

Dec 2019 | PROJECT GLOBAL CITIZEN SCHOLARS FROM ACROSS VICTORIA GRADUATE

Congratulations to our first cohort of Project Global Citizen Scholars.

We’re so proud that eight of you have already received employment offers directly as a result of Project Global Citizen!

Global Mobility & Employability.

WHAT GLOBAL CITIZENS LOOK LIKE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

Do you have the full suite of 21st century skills to survive and thrive into the future?

The reality of employment in the 21st century is that, at some stage, you’ll probably be working internationally.

At the very least, you’ll be working with internationals. Either way, there’s a growing expectation of employers world-wide that you bring to the workplace well-developed cultural competencies required for competing in an increasingly global marketplace.

What employers now seek is cultural competence. And that’s what Project Global Citizen is all about.

That’s why the Harvard Business Review identified that the number one skill every 21st century manager needs is cultural competence – the ability to successfully work across cultures.

Cultural competence can’t be developed overnight, which is the reason Project Global Citizen is offered as a professional development program to students over an 8-week period. We want you to be a step ahead and have these important skills.

Cultural Challenges.

LIVING AND WORKING IN ANOTHER CULTURE.

What Challenges Does Project Global Citizen Overcome?

Fitting in socially and getting a foot in the door of employers – it’s rarely easy, especially when you’re in a new country. We get it.

For international students as well as outbound domestic students, in the space of a plane ride you can go from being a competent adult with a well-developed social and professional network to someone whose ability is limited by your language skills and lack of local connections. This can have a corrosive effect on your confidence.

We know first-hand what it’s like to live and work internationally where you don’t speak the language and the culture is very different.

That’s why we hand-select topics in Project Global Citizen that are highly relevant and practical to your personal situation.

It’s unreasonable to expect you can settle into your new host country and get a foot in the door of employers without specialist intercultural advice.

To help you get there, we share our practical cultural frameworks to help you “make sense” of what you don’t yet know.

You’ll then co-design practical strategies to overcome these cultural differences so that you can survive and thrive in your new host country.

Who’s Eligible?

WHO IS THE PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR?

You’ll find our cultural competency program valuable if you’re:

  • An international student studying in Australia
  • An international student who intends to work either in Australia or someplace other than your home country
  • An Australian student who intends to study or work internationally
  • An Australian or international student who intends to work in a global organisation where you’ll be expected to work with people from different cultural backgrounds

Admission to the Project Global Citizen program is exclusively via a scholarship. Each organisation or institution offering the scholarship generally has their own additional eligibility requirements.

To find current scholarship openings, check the “Announcements” section of our website.

If you can’t find a current opening for a scholarship in your location, you can pre-register your interest by clicking on the button below.

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Our Focus.

WHY WE FOCUS ON CULTURAL COMPETENCE.

There’s a LOT of professional development, personal development and employability support out there, if you know where to look.

But this support is often quite ethnocentric, meaning that their strategies for success work well in the local context, but don’t always take into account cultural differences from around the world.

In other words, the support you’re accessing may be delivered in a way that assumes you already understand the “unwritten rules” of the local culture and vice versa.

Without cultural self-awareness and an understanding of the underlying cultural assumptions of the support provider, it’s very difficult to fully make sense of everything you’re being taught.

We believe that culture – specifically, cultural competence – is the missing link. By developing your cultural competence through Project Global Citizen, you’ll be in a much better position to fully take advantage of all the other support services and programs available to you.

Our Partners.

We’ve developed Project Global Citizen with substantial support and input from government and the education industry.

GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY SUPPORT.

  • Queensland Government
  • Study Geelong
  • Study Melbourne
  • Study Queensland
  • Study Sunshine Coast
  • Victorian Government

INDUSTRY PARTNERS.

  • ISANA International Education Association
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Study Melbourne
  • Study Queensland
  • Study Sunshine Coast
  • VicWISE (The Victorian Working Group on International Student Employability)
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Deakin University
  • Education Access of Australia
  • Federation University Australia
  • Greystone College
  • ILSC Greystone College
  • Kaplan Business School
  • La Trobe University
  • Lonsdale Institute
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Monash University
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • TAFE Queensland International
  • TMG College Australia
  • Torrens University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sunshine Coast
  • Victoria University

Who’s behind Project Global Citizen.

INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS CONSULTANTS.

Project Global Citizen is a partnership between two Australian-based qualified intercultural practitioners, Craig Shim (Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists) and Astrid Hofmann (CTC, Cultural Transition Consulting).

  • Coming from a commercial background providing coaching and training to corporate and government clients, Astrid and Craig recognised the need for developing future leaders equipped with the 21st century cross-cultural skills necessary for thriving in a truly global marketplace.
  • Using the same intercultural frameworks provided to their corporate clients, Craig and Astrid collaborated to tailor a ground-breaking program, initially for international students. This program has developed into Project Global Citizen and has since been expanded to include domestic students.
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