Common Purpose
Professional Development Seminars
for CRCC Asia

Common Purpose Student Experiences is proud to partner with CRCC Asia to deliver highly-specialized and consistent professional development seminars as part of CRCC Asia’s
standard Short-Term Programs. 

CRCC Asia has developed a series of Short-Term Programs, professional summits which allow students to explore one of eight locations in Asia. Common Purpose will deliver a professional development seminar during each of these summits. The locations are:

• Beijing
• Shanghai
• Shenzhen
• Tokyo
• Osaka
• Manchester
• Ho Chi Minh City
• Seoul

Find out more about CRCC Asia’s Short-Term Programs and the Professional Development Seminars Common Purpose is delivering here

CRCC Asia specializes in connecting students with applied work experience in dynamic international settings. As the leading provider of internships in Asia, CRCC Asia is active in the international education community, collaborating with colleagues in the field to establish best practice for international internships and setting the standard for innovative professional development program models in Asia and beyond.

Our programs include extensive training and support during pre-departure, on the ground, and during re-entry phases of programming. CRCC Asia has led internship programs for over 8,500+ students and graduates from more than 100 countries. We offer a range of program models built to satisfy the interests of each of our partner institutions, including a wide range of unique custom and faculty-led programming.

Overview of our Professional Development Seminars

Our professional development seminars are 1.5 or 2 day experiential workshops delivered at the start of the Short-Term Program. Designed to develop the skills and competencies students need to be inclusive leaders, they consist of a wide range of interactive and dynamic skills development, reflection and speaker sessions.

Aims and learning outcomes

In today’s globalized world, employers want graduate talent with the skills and competencies to be inclusive leaders. Our professional development seminars are designed to develop these skills and competencies.

  • Through understanding other cultures, students will be more Empathetic
  • Through working with difference and adapting to a new environment, they will be more Agile
  • Through building trust, they will be more Influential

Learning journey

The seminar will be made up of three consecutive half-day workshops based on the three core competencies.

Empathetic – understanding other cultures

The learning journey starts through exposure to the diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and values of the participant group. Students will broaden their understanding of other people’s cultures and worldviews and view themselves, their values and beliefs through the eyes of their peers. They will learn how to put themselves in other people’s positions, truly understanding their beliefs and worldview, and to be more empathetic with their peers and team ahead.

Agile – working with difference

Students will then explore how to work with difference, developing their ability to adapt in diverse teams. Through Core & Flex, insight from a keynote speaker and a team challenge, they will learn when to flex their style and approach to suit their team and when to play to their strengths, core beliefs and behaviors. This workshop will challenge them to develop the self-awareness of when to adapt and when not to, thereby enhancing their agility.

Agile – adapting to new environments

Students will then explore agility through the lens of adapting to the new environment they are in. They will discuss their assumptions on the new cultural setting they are in – what the values, beliefs and norms in this new environment are – before testing them on an external speaker. They will gain insight into the unspoken rules and norms and how they influence behavior and relationships. Finally, students will put their learning and agility to the test by canvassing the opinions of members of the public in the city.

Influential – building trust

Having developed their empathy and agility, the final workshop focuses on how students can develop trust and be influential as leaders. They will explore how to communicate their passions and purpose and resonate with diverse audiences before coaching and advising their peers on their future plans and aspirations. Finally, they reflect on and articulate their learning and plan how to implement it, both during the rest of the program and on their return.