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10/30/2018 HYU News > General


Introducing the Career Development Course in HYU

Compulsory yet necessary?


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As the school’s slogan “The Engine of Korea” suggests, Hanyang Univeristy (HYU) is known for giving full support to enhance the students’ capacity. This can be seen through various support for startups, running a career development center, and even resulting in scoring in the top five of Korean universities in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings. In order to better reach out to students, the university implemented a mandatory course called, Career Development that all students should must take regardless of their major.
Career Development Course Plan 

The career development course history actually begins in 2015. Before, there only used to be a course called Freshman Seminar, which changed to Career Development I in 2015. That year, Career Development II became a new mandatory course for juniors so as to prepare for their long and possibly dreadful job-seeking process in the following years. The main objective of the course is to help students find their career paths through various materials including online lectures, guidance in setting their goals and have a homeroom session with their assigned professors. By taking this course each year, students have the opportunity to build a relationship with their professors as advisors, and have one-on-one sessions, which is especially helpful for those who find it hard to approach their professors.
According to Lee Seong-jae (Department of Applied Art Education, 1st year), the course was very helpful in setting his career goals, along with several tips to making good use of all the available facilities in school. Han Jung-hun (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year), agreed as he recalled, “during my freshman year when I took the freshman seminar course, we had several discussion sessions with the professor after reading books and sharing our thoughts about various topics in life. For Career Development I, the class barely met up, but we instead had the opportunity to visit the VR expo. For Career Development II, we have class every week but also have special lectures every now and then.”
Students in a Career Development class. 
(Photo courtesy of Kim)
However, some majors were quick to notice one of the significant limitations of having a comprehensive compulsory course. The course materials were just not applicable to some. Han Ji-yoon, a staff member in the College of Education Administration Team, explained how they changed their system to better suit their students. “Starting in the second semester of 2018, the College of Education basically divided the Career Development II course into a teacher certification class and an employment class. Most of our students either become a teacher or move on to job-seeking, and the current guidelines for the Career Development courses don't fit us. Professors in charge will teach for eight weeks, while the rest of the eight weeks are divided into four weeks of career related special lectures and four weeks of teacher appointment related special lectures. Students may choose four special lectures to pass the course.”
(From left) Shin Sae-rha (Department of International Studies staff), Choi Hye-seung (PhD at KAIST), Ryoo Joo-han (Department of International Studies professor), and Kim Ha-rim (14th student president of the Department of International Studies)
(Photo courtesy of Kim)
The same goes for the Division of International Studies (DIS). Shin Sae-rha from the DIS administration office and Kim Ha-rim (Division of International Studies, 3rd year) explained their own version of the course. According to Shin, the original guideline of the course is impossible to implement in DIS as half of the professors are foreigners, and most students themselves have lived abroad for many years. The DIS curriculum itself is also in English, and an all-Korean course such as Career Development just does not work.
Kim Ha-rim (Department of International Studies, 3rd year) explains the new version of the DIS Career Development course.

“The history of DIS is only 14 years. There have been numerous comments on how the seon-hubae (senior-junior) links in DIS is quite thin if there are any. As the student president, I wanted to incorporate this into reforming the career development course. First, we circulated detailed surveys to figure out which career paths students are mostly into and selected the top five careers. Then with the help of the administration office and our dean, we were able to liaison with the DIS graduates and invite them to come and share their personal experiences and tips for working in their field. We linked this with the Career Development course as it is a mandatory course that will surely give all students an opportunity to be aware and learn. Now we have seonbaes coming in every other week for six weeks and one-on-ones with professors in between. The seonbae sessions are open to all students of DIS,” said Kim.
Although Career Development courses may just seem like any other compulsory courses in school to some, it is a necessary course that students can truly make use out of through building better connections with their professors, sharing thoughts and worries about their future with fellow students, and even flexibly adapting the curriculum to ring out the benefits.

Park Joo-hyun
Photos by Park Geun-hyung 
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