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It's Not Too Late!!!

He said, "It's not too late!" "Play when you want to play, but don't disregard your studies." Why does he say this? Let's listen to his story.
  Min Poong-ki was admitted to Dongguk University (DU) in 1997, majored in Computer Engineering and graduated in 2005. Now he is working at Samsung Electronic Co., Ltd. as an Assistant Engineer in NT Lab and is part of a System R&D Team.

Freshman - Enjoy Life
  When Mr. Min was a freshman, he formed a small social gathering with his friends and led the meetings. "We traveled many places and talked seriously about life together. Such experiences helped me to develope leadership and made our college days happy ," he said.
  However, he was unable to concentrate his thoughts upon academic work. Eventually, he got very poor grades. "So I had to make desperate efforts to improve them during junior and senior years.
Sophomore - End His Complex About English
  "I really hated English. But I thought it's too important to neglect for my future. So I joined TIME, an English circle that reads TIME magazine. I was crazy about the club for one year. Thus, my reading ability in English advanced steadily."
  This paved the way for him to overcome his English complex and he gained confidence in his own ability. "Joining the TIME club was a turning point in my life. Because it gave me the will to do everything enthusiastically. I want to advise you to enjoy everything DU has to offer."
Junior - Alter the Path of Life & Improve Grades
  "I originally aimed to enter graduated school. But my  poor grades. Nonetheless I determined to enter a profession at once."
  "I realized when one's dream becomes estranged from  reality, it needs quick and correct judgement,"he added.
  From that time he began to improve his grades by not missing a lectures and attending summer school.
Senior - Gain Diverse Experiences
  During the first semester, Mr. Min interned at Inicis, an electronic payment corp. in Canada, through the support of DU's industrial-educational cooperation program.
  "I went there not to have a good record related to my  major but to learn by experiencing foreign culture directly. Naturally, I could improve my listening and conversation skills. Later it influenced many English interviews. Although it was hard to expect a lot of growth in practical affairs, I could learn many essentials like adaptation, enthusiasm, will and social skill in society."
  Also, he attended lectures like Improvement of Human Relationship and Business-presentation to complete DCEP (Dongguk Career Elite Program). It helped me with public speaking whenever I participated in the company's seminars.
  In the summer vacation, he visited Ericsson in Sweden and two universities through an overseas inquiry program.
  "It was difficult to get necessary information for preparation of the program. However, making plans, contacting friends and visiting other universities taught me that there are innumerable chances in the broad world," said Mr. Min.
 At the second semester, he began to focus on preparing resumes and getting ready for interviews.
  "I organized a study group with classmates. We chose the main theme. Each of us expressed our views and made comments on each others presentation. Meanwhile, I wrote important things about the foremost part of the text to convey its meaning clearly."
  Lastly, he said, "I have advice for juniors. First, don't be tied only to the college. Seize a chance to expand your views. Second, always be prepared, then an opportunity will come to you."

Tips
1. Set your goal clearly and collect all information on the specific firm that you want to enter.
  "I took aim at Samsung and visited its web site once a week, at least. The information that I had obtained deeply impressed the interviewers. For example, I had found their favorite books of business administration and quoted from these books in the job interviews."
2. Memorize all the self-introduction passages.
  It is not easy to estimate someone within a five- minute interview.
  Therefore, giving them a good self-introduction at first sight is important.
  It is essential that you not only memorize a self-introduction but that you sound like you didn't memorize it.
3. Utilize the Internet community that shares the data.
  "Many hands make light work." Keep in mind that the data which you acquire yourself are not everything on the corporation.
4. Accustom yourself to take notes.
  It's a great help to classify, arrange and present certain facts to interviewers instantly.
5. Have a confident manner.
  "I think that the key to employment depends on  confidence. Employment is like a race. Accordingly, if you are always stressed, you may fall into a slump and your dream may not be accomplished. That's why I never thought about failure."

Lee Ji-eun  yukiilo@dongguk.edu

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