A squeeze in the Korean job market has made internships in Korean companies a hot commodity for both foreign students and graduates alike. This is also being felt by Koreans, who are increasingly targeting internships as an opportunity to get a foot in the door at major conglomerates such as Samsung, LG or Hyundai. To…

The English as a Second Language (ESL) industry in Korea remains lucrative and has evolved over the last five years: the industry is becoming more competitive and the number of teaching roles have been cutback to force parents to spend less on the private education sector. For first time job seekers this translates to an over-supply of…

    Asia Options recently looked at the start-up trends in Asia and Taiwan, and we’re now proud to bring to you a close-up on South Korea start-up scene. ‘Creative Economy’ is currently one of Korea’s key buzzwords of the new government administration to fuel jobs and stimulate economic growth. The government has opened the doors for…

  The structure of the salary system among Korean companies is vastly different from what many of us will be accustomed to back at home. Western companies typically operate on a job role remuneration system where your pay is linked to your unique job role. Under this system, an accountant, engineer, marketer, administrator, lawyer etc, will all…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…

  Applying for a job in Korea is not easy and although most job advertisements targeting foreign professionals will be written in English, there are other opportunities with medium sized companies which will scout for Korean speaking foreigners. The best place to find these opportunities are on the Korean job website PeopleNJob, Most job adverts…

  Anthony Armari is Australia’s national taekwando champion. His home away from home is at Gwangju’s Chosan University. This video was produced as part of the Asia Education Foundation’s Asia Skills Video series. The copyright of this video belongs to the Australia Industry Group.      

  The negative aspects of Korean corporate culture such as the notorious overtime hours, low annual wages and poor productivity in white-collar roles often overshadows the positive aspects of a Korean workplace. Korean companies do have some really awesome policies and benefits which are comparable to the well publicised dream benefits of companies like Google.…

  Korean companies corporate positions and jobs are very hierarchical. Job roles and more importantly remuneration or salary are based on the length of service and experience as opposed to job role based remuneration. It also makes it very difficult for non-Koreans to determine what the appropriate title is for a work colleague or contact in…

So you found a great opportunity in Korea and now you need to know how to write a Korean resume in order to apply for the job.  The job advertisement requires you to send a CV to a designated email and or apply online via their career portal – so what do you do? If you have…

  Through the course of teaching English in Korea, Emily Hardwick has gained rich cultural insight – along with a lifelong partner. This video was produced under the Asia Education Foundation’s Asia Skills Videos series. The copyright of this video belongs to the Australia Industry Group.      

Alice Slevison from Asia Options sat down with her China Policy colleague Tristan Leonard to discuss his experience as an English teacher in Seoul.     Some background about Tristan… I started out with a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies at the University of Tasmania, where I wrote my research paper on Japanese kamakura historiography.…

    As a dynamic metropolis that dwarfs all other cities on the peninsular for size and political clout, Seoul has grown into a mecca for overseas government organisations and foreign companies expanding into the Korea market. However despite the intensity of trade and global cooperation gravitating to one of Asia’s biggest cities, Seoul remains a difficult city for foreigners pursuing non-teaching…

  Prioritising study on exchange can sometimes be difficult and especially for those studying in Seoul. With the combination of affordable food, sol-maek and one-shot culture, Seoul can be a challenge even for the most well-intentioned of students. But despite the exciting nightlife and opportunity to travel, most international students pull through their exams and…

  I recently met with Scott Walker from Tourism Australia to decode his remarkable success in Korea and to ask for advice on behalf of our readers with similar aspirations of working in Korea. In the following article I document Scott Walker’s progression from a student to his current position as Korea Country Manager for Tourism Australia.…