The participation of women in public affairs has increased for the last several years. Nevertheless, female students hit the so-called "glass ceiling."
"Seventy to eighty percent of schoolboys get a job while merely twenty-five percent of schoolgirls are employed," said Jo Sung-hwan of Job Support.
But, there is an alumna who broke through the ceiling.
Alumna, Kim Hye-young
Kim Hye-young entered Dongguk University in 1999. She majored in Computer Multimedia Engineering and graduated in 2003. Now she is working at the SM Division of Hansol Telecom Co., Ltd.
"I submitted resumes to fifty corporations. It is not easy for men to get a job, and it is harder for women. Preparation is essential to success in employment. Try to get good grades and a high TOEIC grade," she said.
Why do women applicants experience sex discrimination in employment? Kim Hye-young answered, "Generally, the ratio of successful women applicants is very low. This is because there is a fixed idea that women may be passive. Above all, various experiences lead a person to succeed."
Hye-young the Freshman Humanist
"I wanted to be a good fellow. I joined a circle, Dongguk University Computer Association (DUCA) and attended the Dongguk Cham Saram (true person) Service Club. These activities made me take a broad view of things."
Choosing Special Activity as a Sophomore
"During the winter vacation I stayed in Turkey and served Turks. Through Korea International Volunteer Association, I attended the program and lived for one month in Turkey. It was a unique experience."
Acquiring Certificates as a Junior
In her Junior year Kim Hye-young concentrated on study. She acquired an international SCJP diploma related to JAVA program. And she was selected for the Cham Saram Certification System managed by Job Support. Hye-young studies computers, foreign language, and the humanities everyday. Being selected gave me a good experiences related to Job Support. She said that Job Support gave her employment information and a chance to attend trial interviews.
Senior Year was TOEIC & Employment
"I was determined to raise my TOEIC grade. When I was a senior I had acquired most of my credits. Therefore, I had much free time. I spend the day looking for employment. Every day I surfed the job websites and wrote a personal history, resume and studied English."
1. What's Your Favorite?
"When I was a middle school student I wanted to work in the IT Industry. Since then, I couldn't imagine working in another other field and I applied only to the IT section. Without hesitation I entered DU to major in IT and chose major-centered lectures. Especially, I had great interest and confidence in the JAVA program, so I took JAVA classes. I could get good grades by choosing my preference and by understanding JAVA programming."
2. Get Experience Early on.
"I had a part-time job. If you want a part-time job, you can get one easily. It may be a good chance for you. But it is hard to find the career employment you want. Work part-time in the field you desire. During one vacation, for example, I worked a part-time job at magazine company. I examined some computer programs and wrote comments and tips on using them."
3. Gain Official Approval.
"Grades and the interview have limits when evaluating applicants. Expert knowledge is important. Qualifications are useful in the employment market. I had two qualifications, Data Processing Engineering and SCJP. You can get qualifications during vacations. Qualifications are not essential, but corporations can have confidence in applicants with certificates."
To Younger Students
"Women should fight prejudices that say they are weak and passive. Get rid of soft accents and speak with a confidence. When you talk about your projects, be prepared and confident. Then the interviewers won't regard you as a weak woman. Donggukians, you must be active. Utilize programs, study TOEIC, practice interviews, supported school authorities and grow intimate with alumni or professors. One professor said that when called upon by companies to recommend students, he couldn't because he didn't personally know any students. Successful employment is up to you."
Park Nu-ri firstname.lastname@example.org
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