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A year-long tour around the world after quitting his job
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“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Steve Jobs made it clear that if the answer was “no” for too many times, you had some changes to make in your life. Kim Jung-bum (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Master’s program) lived up to the advice of Steve Jobs. He worked at Hyundai, one of Korea's leading companies, for three years, after which he quit his job to go on a world tour for a year to learn more about marketing, a field he truly wanted to engage in. After his life-changing trip, Kim managed to publish a book titled World Tour Plan Book with five other travelers.
Before he left for his life-changing journey, he used to work at Hyundai from 2010 to 2013. “Hyundai is a dream company for many people out there. It did offer great pay. However, when I asked myself if I was enjoying myself at work, the answer was a 'no.'” He deeply felt that where he worked was very limited in terms of space and information. He felt the need for more insight in marketing, so he went on a tour to learn more about the automobile market industry.
The book, World Tour Plan Book was written solely for those having trouble making plans and forming routes for their trip. Kim wrote about how to resolve the difficult problems people faced when going on a trip, and recommended ways to transport efficiently when traveling. “Since I, myself, have suffered the most over which route I should take, this book had to specifically include how you plan where you should go during your voyage.” The book includes pictures that were mostly taken by Kim and the co-authors themselves.
The book has five more co-authors, all of whom were members of a Daum cafe named “World Tour Study.” The time and the places that the six authors traveled were all different in their form, but they realized that they know so much about where they visited that it was a waste not to write a book about their now new expertise.
Kim traveled to 30 countries and 150 cities in just one year. For him, the different places he had visited had to do with countries where the automobile market was known to be advanced. Of course, he learned much more than just new information about the automobile industry. He saw sites of superb scenic beauty as well as the unique cultural heritages of many countries and met local people who looked at life a little differently from himself.
“My real dream was to work in the sales department. A new dream I had earned from my worldwide tour was to become a consultant who helps people find out what kind of trip they desire, and ease any of their worries for the planned trip. I have achieved both of my dreams because I now work as an overseas technical salesman at a new company and also as a consultant at a company named Nextrip to help design the perfect trip for travellers.” (A link for more information)
“It’s shameful to say, but I think I was living my parent’s dream, not mine. After the journey, I was finally living my own life.” Kim recommended visiting a local university when travelling to a new country and having a talk with students there. He realized that by talking to university students that they had very different points of view when facing life struggles, and this opened Kim up in terms of having more alternative options when making life choices.
Kim encouraged Hanyang students to be “as insane as you can be.” He went on to say, "if you are not crazy about something, you probably cannot do it." He emphasized the value of four years of university life. Being a student means you have open potential and limitless opportunities. “My journey was priceless in that it helped me think in a whole new way, and it also gave me time to know more about the good and bad about myself. I recommend that you experience it yourself by simply going on a trip.”
Kim Hyun-soo firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Lee Jin-myung
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