Our newly established MA in Intercultural Communication and International Development will open up a wide range of career paths to graduates in the development and related industries. It is for those people who wish to become highly effective intercultural communicators in challenging international and social development environments.
Possible careers could include:
in small to big organisations operating in:
Advisors to NGOs (non-governmental organisations)
International partnerships officers
the private sector (consultancy)
civil society (non-governmental organisations, e.g. Oxfam)
the public sector (government department or practitioner organisation, e.g. United Nations HABITAT organisation)
As an MA graduate you may also decide to continue your education and do a doctoral research degree.
Previous students have done the following:
working for an NGO supporting blind women across the world (based in London);
working for a relocation/settlement programme in Malaysia;
working for a university in Hong Kong receiving inbound exchange students from across the world and arranging study abroad exchanges for local students;
working for a local tool manufacturing company;
working part-time, supporting us, here at the University;
worked as an International Project Officer at Doncaster College and now working as an International Partnerships Manager at a university in London;
Featured: Peter Clarke, Research Officer of the Participation, Power and Social Change Team at the Institute of Development Studies
Peter has been working in International Development since 1987, including a 20-year period spent in Nicaragua. View his video to hear why he thinks that people working in International Development need to be culturally aware.
I've [...] increasingly been struck by how people [...] or agencies who work in development very often [...] are [...] working in an ideal world that they see from their own [...] cultural and social perspectives, [...] a perspective that's completely different from the people that they're actually working with.
Sometimes it's quite easy to fool yourself that the people you're working with actually want the same thing because they always say 'Yes'. [...] They're not going to [...] say 'Go away' and 'We don't want your schools' or whatever it is. [...] if people say 'Yes', they're actually [...] trying to find ways of getting [what they want] without telling you 'No'.
It's terribly easy if you're the one who writes the cheques or who comes in and [...] proposes the project [...] not to notice that actually you're coming from somewhere completely different culturally [...] and that makes it really important to try to start from where people are coming from; to listen rather than going in as an expert who thinks they know better.
Featured: Aliya Sorgen, International Partnerships and Project Leader at Doncaster College
As part of her MA in Intercultural Communication, Aliya took an International Development and Planning module at the University. View her video to hear for yourself why she chose to take this module and why she believes that the fields of Intercultural Communication and International Development are closely related.
I didn’t know that much about International Development and even less about Planning. But what I found was that it was so linked to Intercultural Communication. [...] There is a lot of conflict and issues that arise [...] when [...] say Western planners go into a developing country, and both of those cultures try to create positive change.
Actually there were many points during the TRP (Planning) course where I thought, ‘Hm, this could be a perfect setting to do intercultural training!’
I think in Intercultural Communication one of the biggest issues is managing cultural expectations [...]. It’s a matter of understanding how to approach those different cultures and different people that we’re working with – and this is something that people working in International Development and Planning do on a daily basis.