Strategies for Career Success for Foreign-Born Professionals:
Workshops and Presentations
We work with foreign-born engineers, scientists, and technical professionals who seek career growth:
You want to move up to a position of authority.
But you face challenges to getting promoted
to manager or executive.
Based on 30 years of practice and teaching in Silicon Valley, we specialize in the unique challenges faced by foreign-born professionals in the highly interactive and intensely assertive organizational cultures found in many high tech companies.
We have worked with numerous high tech companies, ranging from start-ups to giants.
Octave V. Baker, Ph.D., is an expert in high tech career strategies, organizational psychology, cross-cultural training, and proactive interpersonal skills.
Susan Almazol, M.A., is an expert on business and technical writing and presentations.
Adapting New Behavior to Succeed
During our workshops and presentations, you practice new behavior so it feels natural, fluid, and integrated with your normal style.
Through Cross-Cultural Agility, we help you learn the unwritten rules of the American workplace, adapt your behavior to be more effective, and still maintain your cultural integrity in the process.
Learning in Flexible Modes
We offer flexible formats to accommodate tight schedules and to provide time for practice and reflection.
These flexible formats include:
Series of Lunch and Learn Sessions
Onsite Workshops at Your Company's University
Custom Presentations to Your Team or Professional Association
Seminars at Universities and Career Centers
Workshop on Career Strategies for Success
We go beyond culture-specific information. We help you make specific changes in your behavior critical for career success through:
Key insights about how the American workplace operates
Critical interactive and assertive skills
Guided practice to navigate cultural differences and remain true to yourself
Understand American workplace behavior and expectations
Assess yourself on characteristics that predict success
Improve networking and relationship-building skills
Use Cross-Cultural Agility to adjust your actions enough to meet expectations without psychological stress
Develop a blueprint for your career success
Ability to create a network of informal relationships
Authoritative communication style
Ability to engage in small talk
Ease with promoting your achievements
Maintaining your cultural integrity
Presentations on Career Strategies for Success
Customized and highly interactive, our presentations focus on:
Five Strategies for High Tech Career Success
Key Assertive Skills
Maintaining Your Cultural Identify
Power and Influence in the Assertive, Interactive High Tech Culture
Mastering the American Style of Small Talk
How to Promote Yourself
Managing Your Boss
How to Ask for Special Assignments and Promotions
Communicating with Authority
Technical Professionals Say:
"Dr. Baker's course opened my eyes. I feel I gained a new perspective from the discussions and exercises."
"Dr. Baker is extremely knowledgeable. He shared valuable tips that helped me advance my career."
Information Security Analyst
"Based on my working experience with Susan for seven years, I say her business knowledge, cross-cultural understanding, writing skills, and communication arts are among the best in the industry."
Patrick Yang, Ph.D.
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