Following a True Career Path
Bang Hyun-soo (Mechanical Engineering, '08)
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Bang Hyun-soo (Mechanical Engineering, '08), the founder of Photographic BKOON, was invited as a guest speaker at the recently held relay talk-show hosted by the Women in Engineering at Hanyang Center on June 4th. Due to many students showing high concerns about their future career paths, the talk-show aimed to enable students to approach their career from a much more reasonable perspective. Just before the talk-show, Bang was able to share his ideas about career paths through an interview with NewsH.
Bang first established Photographic BKOON in 2015, which is a one-man business that focuses on photography lectures using smart-phones. His lectures consist of two big parts: photography and editing, and have the goal of allowing everyone to become artists in their everyday lives simply by using a smartphone. Irrelevant to his major of mechanical engineering, Bang explained how he managed to pursue this particular career path.
First entering Hanyang University with the dream of becoming a professor, Bang was a student whose dreams changed often. In 2010, due to his father’s recommendations, Bang followed the path of becoming a lecturer. However, after finishing second in a photographic audition in November 2011, his dream changed. It was not until he gave his first lecture at Frip, a business platform that arranges various lectures, that Bang was able to put these two dreams together.
Bang recalled his first lecture at Frip as an ever-lasting memory. To start, Frip was supposed to arrange the overall location and setting of the lecture, yet the location was suddenly changed on short notice. When Bang arrived at the newly changed location there was nothing prepared for his lecture. Still, Bang did not give up and successfully finished his lecture only with what was available. He recalled that if he had given up at that time with the excuse that nothing was readily prepared, the current Bang who makes photographic lectures would not exist.
“There are over 200,000 registered jobs currently, yet only about 20 of them are somewhat familiar,” commented Bang. He noted that in order to create a job, there has to be a cyclical process in which one delivers certain values and others are willing to pay for the value provided. In this sense, Bang first concentrated on the values that he delivered and came up with the idea of putting lectures and photography together, becoming the busiest photographic lecturer today.
Now, successfully settling down as a lecturer with his photographic lectures, Bang has future plans of developing a newly coined lecture theme that he can deliver. He has three stages of his lifetime plans, which are earning an hourly wage of 100,000 Korean Won by age 29, 1 million Korean Won by 39 and 10 million Korean Won by 49. Meeting his first stage goal, he is now focusing upon attaining his second goal. Rather than simply targeting monetary figures, Bang explained that he set such goals to come up with a lecture that would deliver values suitable to the stated amounts.
Bang ended the interview by offering some advice for students who are concerned with their future career path. "It is important to take the first step along your future path," remarked Bang. He explained that it is never too late to make a decision when meeting another crossroad, yet being afraid to follow the path even before walking on it is meaningless. Bang also added, “University is a good place to find your dreams without being concerned about failure. Rather than worrying if you are walking on the right path, simply experiencing the path you choose is much more important.”
Choi Seo-yong firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
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