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2017 Job Discovery Festival
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"The desire of Columbus for the discovery of the world is reenacted through Hanyangians!” Here is the ambitious motto of the Job Discovery Festival of Hanyang University (HYU) in the era of exacerbating unemployment. Every September, the Career Development Center (CDC) and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) design and host the Job Discovery Festival to provide students of HYU a chance to seek information and real life stories on 154 companies and occupations in South Korea. News H visited the event held on the 5th and 6th of September to become a Columbus of the job market.
Discovery of occupation, summary of information
This year, 154 companies have participated in the career fair, which was a 23 percent increase compared to last year. The most intricate part of the fair was that it prevented any exclusion of students in employment as its theme this year was ‘diversity.’ Along with the booths for Korean students, designated booths for the handicapped students and foreigners were also prepared. The fair included individual consultation with the recruiters, providing truthful information that cannot be found on official reference. Professional advice for employment documentation that many students find difficult to prepare was also given. “The Job Discovery Festival has always provided great opportunities for students to comprehend more specific information on companies while recruiters can meet their possible candidates through the fair,” said Shin Yong-jin of the CDC.
The fair is hosted every September, considering the primary employment season of South Korea. “The main reason to hold the festival in September is because of two reasons. First, majority of Korean firms recruit personnel in the second semester, and second, the CDC believes that this fair will arouse students’ attention on the beginning of term,” reminded Shin.
Out of the 154 firms who participated, 12 of them were active in recruiting handicapped students. The booth for the disabled students was arranged to explain to them the spectrum and the process of employment. Also, several Japanese companies also took part in the fair to employ Korean students due to the aging population. “The place, exclusively prepared by the OIA for foreign students, provides them deeper information on careers they could pursue in South Korea with all the information translated in various languages for their convenience,” explained Park Jin-ju of the OIA.
Advice from the bottom of alumni’s heart
The recruiters of the fair from each company were mostly graduates of HYU. As the Job Discovery Festival was gaining momentum, juniors and seniors flocked together to hear sincere advice from the alumni. “It was a great experience for me to learn about the plethora of firms in Korea. Also, information that cannot be found online was provided by our alumni recruiters along with their heartfelt encouragements,” said Hwang Jong-min (Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering, 4th year). Also, Umeh Zeno from Nigeria (Economics and Finance, 1st year) remarked, “even though I was only a freshman, I could learn a lot about employment and its process here in South Korea. I was impressed with the fair’s scale and I wish to visit here again annually.”
Numbers of alumni gladly welcomed their juniors to their career booth. Kang Min-chang (Department of Mechanical Engineering, ‘14), currently working at SK Plant-Mechanical Team, has also disclosed his sincere advice to his juniors. “I remember wandering around at this festival, desperately looking for where I wanted to be employed two years ago. I am happy to be here now, helping my juniors with their career, and I’ve been advising them to apply their full strength at the interview to make a good impression on employers,” said Kang.
The Job Discovery Festival of 2017 was packed with students, revealing the reality of the high unemployment rate. South Korean and foreign Hanyangians willing to be employed locally may have to be faced with moments of failure. However, numbers of frustration cannot defeat the sense of accomplishments in further life. Just like, after the storm--comes calm. The future of Hanyangians will shine bright despite the hard times of this era!
Kim Ju-hyun email@example.com
Photos by Choi Min-ju
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