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Here comes the Age of environmental IMF

<The 10th English Essay Contest>

Here comes the Age of environmental IMF

By Kim Jong-Duck (Newsweek Prize)

My generation whose age is in the middle of twenties, is often considered 'Cursed Generation'. The reason why is that, first, the system of college entrance test completely changed its shape when they were going to university. This change brought a lot of confusions to decide on what to study among students as well as teachers.
Worse yet, more chaos occurred to them when the time came up to apply to the university. A large number of seats in several departments of so called 'major universities' were not fully taken by the applicants. As a result of that, many students who got really low score on the test eventually happened to enter better universities than the ones who got higher. In other words, quite a few students could enter the universities not by their scholastic achievement but mainly by the tactics in application.
Four years later, when the girls in my generation were about to graduate, the IMF crisis badly swept over the country. Obviously they found it extremely hard getting a job which used to be 'a piece of cake' for 3 4 years ago.
So now is the turn for the boys in my generation. Exceptionally, the condition of job market seemed to be getting brighter last year because the Korean government had finally repaid the debt from IMF. That news made many students feel fulfilled with the hope of better future. However look at what is happening now.
'Here comes the Age of environmental IMF' again, as a matter of fact, even worse than it actually was.
Several days ago, there was an article appeared in Chosun daily newspaper.
"Mr. B who has been majoring in industrial engineering at Dongguk university (same major as mine) has applied to 60 companies for a job. The result was, 59 defeats and only one victory. He said in an interview that he felt relieved and even thankful for being hired though the company was a pretty small one. Another person who studied mechanical engineering at Danguk university has last all matches about 80. He said he felt desperate and totally didn't know what to do."
So here I am, a junior, who will face the situation as similar as the examples above in the next year. What should I do? Just keep studying English for TOEIC and try to maintain the grade over B+? Is that all I can do? and it is certainly enough? I really have no idea and am really not sure either! But I know one thing for sure.
'Here comes the Age of environmental IMF' and it's scary world out there.

Kim Jong-duck  dgudp@yahoo.co.kr

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