Hanyang Lions Spreading Wings to the World
Two students who sought and grapsed their opportunities overseas
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For those who aspire to take their life out to the world, studying or working overseas can be a great option. However, not everyone actually gets to live abroad because of so many elements to consider such as language, being apart from friends and family, and the lack of information. This week, News H met two proud Hanyang students, Heo Byeong-geun (Department of Political Science and International Studies, '18) and Cho Kyung-min (Mechanical Engineering, 4th year) to listen to their stories of how they tackled all the barriers.
Off to New York to become a researcher
Heo was accepted to New York University for a PhD in politics with a full scholarship this year. A scholarship package is given to all students in the doctorate program. He remarked that during his days in the military, he realized that he wanted pursue his career in Political Science. After being discharged from the military, Heo actively started to prepare for graduate school. “Along the way, I learned that I can go directly for a doctorate degree without a masters,” smiled Heo.
Post graduate institutions require a Curriculum Vitae (CV), a form of resume, to assess one’s academic career. Nonetheless, Heo had little to write about, with him being an undergraduate student. “I had to knock on some doors,” mentioned Heo. He eventually got to join some projects with his professors. Although he started his preparation right before his senior year, he recommends others to start as soon as possible. “The sooner the better.”
Japanese company to start a career
Cho Kyung-min also made up his mind to work in Japan when he as a soldier. “A year of working holiday in Japan gave me some sense of what it would be like to work in Japan, and I loved it,” mentioned Cho. The key part in the preparation for him was ‘self-assessment.’ Cho wrote down ten of the most important events in his life and analyzed his characteristics into fifty words based on them. Cho emphasized the importance of this practice: “knowing oneself thoroughly from an objective point of view enables one to find the right job and to answer interview questions with stories and sound reason.”
Both Heo and Cho emphasized that one need to go out and knock on doors and ask around for information, rather than relying too much on the internet or private matching organizations. “Simply wanting to escape the situation does not help. You need to prepare thoroughly and with confidence in the path you are choosing,” said Cho. Cho is starting his work with the Sumimoto Group, one of the four largest electronics companies in Japan as a researcher.
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Photos by Park Geun-hyung
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