The Youngest to Pass the 5th Level Open Recruitment Administration Post
Lee Jun-pyo (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year)
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According to the announcement on October 1st by the Ministry of Personnel Management Cyber Examination Center, 8,157 people applied for this year’s 5th level open recruitment administration post, and 270 were ultimately selected. Lee Jun-pyo (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) was accepted for the general administration post in the Daegu region, which made him one of the youngest people to pass the 5th level open recruitment public administration post.
In the civil service examination, which presents several stages, the primary exam tests candidates on English, Korean history, the constitution, and PSAT. The secondary exam for the administrative post includes four required subjects including administrative law, the science of public administration, economics, and political science, as well as one elective subject, from which Lee chose information system theory. The third part of the examination were interviews which take place over a course of two stages, and candidates are tested on personal PT presentation and debate. Successful candidates are admitted into the National Human Resources Development Institute around April or May of next year, and after a probationary period, they are then assigned to government departments.
Lee started studying for the public administration examination when he was in his first year of college, which makes it a total of roughly three years of study and three trials of examinations before hearing the exciting news of his acceptance. He was in a geography club during his second year of high school, and he wrote a thesis on the direction of development in Daegu through improving the domiciliation conditions. He was attracted to public policy when he began formulating and executing policies by analyzing the local finance policies or traffic policies of the government and tried to make alternatives. “I applied for the 5th level open recruitment because I found it to be a career that can solve many social problems confronted by our country and have a positive impact on people.”
Lee tried to find correlations between school and the exam. He made the most of school courses by taking morning classes to start the day early and taking lectures related to the examination. He studied mostly at the school library, the Hanyang Cyber University Café, or in the HIT Yang Min-yong Lounge after class. He found the administration exam class at Hanyang helpful because of the secondary mock exams which are graded with commentary on the questions from professors within and outside of school.
For the secondary descriptive examination, he practiced writing fast. Correcting posture when writing and changing the pen to one that fits his hand well contributed to faster handwriting. He also mentioned how he often read long sentences to improve his writing skills and read news articles, textbook, theses, or precedents in its full text to familiarize himself with vocabulary and expressions applicable for the descriptive exam.
He learned how to yield the turn during debate, how to find opportunity to make a remark, and how to organize and summarize other debater’s opinions, which all contributed to his successful performance in the interview. He even learned how to concisely but faithfully write the PT statement or make flexible judgments according to the detailed cases in the problem. He then participated at school studies to practice the interview, which helped him to not be nervous during the real interview.
Lee admitted that he felt the pressure on his shoulders of serving in the public post, as he was studying the second and third examination subjects. He learned about issues where interests conflict, or matters that could lead to international conflict, and cases in which existing industries in decline go through hardships of life due to change in generations. He felt that only by learning in depth and building wisdom could he realize the common good without harming anyone.
While many people may ask Lee’s key to success, he confidently shared that his faith in himself was what kept him going even after failing the first exam in 2017 with a rather lower score compared to the passing grade. He studied with the belief that he could pass the exam if he supplemented the parts in which he was deficient in. Now facing the responsibility and duties ahead as a public official, Lee Jun-pyo stated his resolution. “I want to become a civil servant who actively approaches those in need of my help, from the humblest position.”
Kim Hyun-soo firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Lee Hyeon-seon
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