Life is a Career!
By Lee Ji-Eun
The Post Reporter
"He is one of the most memorable students I've ever met. I was really impressed that he always worked hard to do something sincerely. I think he is a model Donggukian,“ said Jang Ji-Hong, a consultant at Job Support for Recruiting. The student Mr. Jang referred to is Kim Young-Myoung, who is working now at Metropolitan Headquarters of Samsungfire Consultant Academy (SCA) as a head of the sales department. He entered DU in 2002 and is majoring in Indian Philosophy and Public Administration. Despite the fiercely competitive job market in the nation, he has got a decent job even though he's still a student. Let's listen to his life.
University Life at DU
Mr. Kim has no special career plan. He has a moderate 3.3 GPA and a TOEIC score just above 700. These scores are not good enough for the big companies that most students in general want to join. However, he said that grades are not that critical for successful employment. “Academic grade is just an objective measurement of one's sincerity as a student. A more important quality for job applicants is competitiveness, which can't not be graded appropriately. It is also important to show the interviewers that you have lived enthusiastically rather than you have just studied at school. Today's students concentrate only on their academic records. There are a lot of things to do with your student life besides getting good grades. Students should have a positive, honest mind, and also a humble attitude. Not until you have these qualities can you evaluate yourself,” he said.
Most university students choose their majors to prepare for the job market after their graduation. However Mr. Kim chose Indian Philosophy, a major not suitable for a career. “I knew that most corporations aren't interested in Indian Philosophy majors. But learning Indian Philosophy gave me a chance to experience a lot. Many philosophy classes in my department helped me gain deep insight into life. Now I'm not shakable at all in my convictions,” said Mr. Kim. Then he added, “many of the companies want to recruit competent people who are adaptable to a new working environment. They want to hire employees with flexible mind who can fit into their organization. Therefore, a job applicant's major is not so important. But it is important that you have versatility and can contribute to a company."
He also stressed that it is better to decide on your goal as soon as possible. If you have your goal, you can prepare for it more immediately. “In my case I realized that the sales department was a fitting place for me because I like to have conversations with others and don't like passive attitude. I knew that social relationships are vital in sales. I have a lot of experiences with people through reading books and traveling a lot as a student."
Preparing for Job Hunting
He actually didn't specifically prepare for job hunting because his experiences at DU prepared him well for getting a job. “There have been remarkable developments in the information system, so you can have easy access to information about employment everywhere when you try. Once you gather the needed information on a company, then you just let them know that you are interested and have an ambition and potential. Try to make a deep impression quicklyon interviewers you meet because during a short interview you can't say what you want to and people with similar background also apply.”
Mr. Kim believes that humor is a good way to impress an interviewer quickly. Another thing is to look and act confidently. “Your interview is the most important part of any job application. This may cause you anxiety, but the best way to handle anxiety is not to hesitate when speaking in front of others. Practice on conversational skills in your daily live as if you are giving a serious presentation in class. Improve on your daily speaking style.”
“Don't worry about what questions will be asked. Just answer honestly. Don't try to give an answer you think they want to have. Maybe, the interviewer is more interested in how you can respond to an embarrassing question. But remember this: you have to look competent and able to render great services to the development of the company.”
"Donggukians don't seem proud of their school. Don't blame DU for your lack of success. It's up to you to succeed in life.
Use DU's recruiting programs and diverse student support systems more often. The way to employment isn't far from you.
Last, I want to tell you that a good job at a prestigious company is not everything in life. Life is very long, and employment is only part of it. Don't be in constant worry about getting a job. If you make a good effort, a job will be around. Even though the job situation is not good now, believe in yourself and don't despair. You are still very young and have a lot of opportunities ahead."
Lee Ji-Eun firstname.lastname@example.org
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