Let's go back to the end of January and consider "The Future of Intercultural Training: 4 Trends for 2020." In her article, Nicole Barile explained that modern learners want learning to be immediate, personalized, flexible and ongoing. "They want to be instantly wowed, they want to be challenged and they want to have fun along the way."
She shared these four trends for 2020:
- Skills for All: Intercultural Training Is Not Just for Expats
- Collaboration: Intercultural Training Is a Natural Partner for Other Initiatives
- Integration: Intercultural Training Content and Delivery Is Changing as Technology Advances
- Strategic Partners: Intercultural Training Success Is About Finding the Right Partner
We were hurtling further along the global continuum where the future success of companies would be based on their cultural competence. "Many leading multinational organizations have developed global programs dedicated to nurturing the skills and mindset required for international growth."
So now where are we or where are we headed as we gradually move toward a new post-pandemic world?
Her latest post shares her thoughts on what COVID-19 means specifically for intercultural training in the global mobility world and she puts forth five predictions:
Prediction #1 - Some intercultural training companies will not survive this
Prediction #2 - We will see an increase in business-focused trainings
Prediction #3 - We will see an increase in virtual programs
Prediction #4 - We will see an increase in global leadership programs
Prediction #5 - Corporates will cut dollars spent on intercultural training & will force more creative alternatives
Only time will prove out how accurate her predictions are, but I appreciate her view that hopefully things won't be the way they were, but rather we will all work on innovating to create and design even better ways of supporting families moving around the world.
If you are part of the global mobility world, you've most likely been invited to many webinars or video chats on the state of the industry since the COVID-19 pandemic has hit. I welcome these discussions and enjoy exchanging ideas with my colleagues on both the client and supplier sides. Intercultural training is not as often discussed in these chats, as the focus is typically on what corporate clients are doing to support assignees, how moving companies are affected, what's going on with immigration, and what corporate housing is going through.