INTRODUCTION TO KOREA
Korea is a fast-paced and innovative country that is attracting young people from around the world who want to experience one of the most attractive hang-out destinations in Asia! Korea is a popular destination for Korean language students and especially self-learners who have learned Korean from scratch on TalktomeinKorean.com. Korea’s amazing shopping, theme parks, K-pop concerts, urban laneways, campus activities, chi-maek and drinking culture make for an amazing study experience. There are also plenty of opportunities to get on Korean TV too!
From there it’s only natural that you’d want to stay to intern and work in Korea! The Korean economy is an important trade partner with many countries, and Seoul is home to a growing start-up scene. While the job market is competitive, there are still great opportunities out there. The key is knowing where to look.
Check out the following links to find out about the opportunities and resources available that can help you study and work in Korea.
For Australian students, there’s no going past the Government’s New Colombo Plan and Endeavour Awards scholarship programs. For international students not from Australia, check out the Korean Government Scholarship Program.
- Euan Crone Asian Awareness Scholarship (AIIA Members – Australia)
- Endeavour Scholarships (Australian Postgraduate Students, VET, Professional Development)
- New Colombo Plan (Australian Undergraduate Students)
- Korean Government Scholarship for International Students (Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students from around the world)
- 10 important tips for successful applications
Postgraduate study is a recommended option for Korean enthusiasts intent on studying and one day working in Korea. Funding through the Korean Government Scholarship Program is available for postgraduate studies and many foreign students select a degree in international business, international relations, or an MBA. International students are highly recommended to apply to the SKY universities (Seoul University, Korea University, and Yonsei University). Studying at one of these three elite Seoul-based universities will put you in good stead for finding a job in Korea.
Due to the intense competition for jobs in Korea, studying a postgraduate degree in Korea at a top ranked university and certifying your language proficiency via the TOPIC testing system is one of the best ways to put you ahead of the competition. Another unique program to consider is the S3 Asia MBA, which is a tri-university global MBA program. Students enrolled in this program study one semester each at three business schools; the School of Management of Fudan University, Korea University Business School and NUS Business School of National University of Singapore.
Korean is almost extinct from the Australian language curriculum with only a handful of institutions providing tertiary degrees in the language. Korean struggles for students as it is in direct competition with Chinese and Japanese, but for the brave students who look beyond those two powerhouse Asian nations there is a diamond in the rough to be found in studying Korean.
In regards to where to study in Korea, there is certainly a serious lack of information out there on Korean language programs, some courses don’t even have English information pages! So to help you make the best decision for you the Asia Options team have done the hard work and curated a list of Korean Language Program reviews with insight from real Korean language students who have attended the best and the worst Korean language programs in Seoul.
Also check out Asia Options’ collection of articles with insider tips and advice on the best way to tackle learning Korea.
- Study Korean in Australia on a shoestring budget
- 8 inside tips on how to learn Korean
- Talk to me in Korean review (Best free online Korean language resource)
- Language Exchange Meetups Guide
- Hello Talk language exchange app review
- Why 6am and daily rituals is key to learning a language
- 8 Summer Schools in Asia for 2016
- Michael Kocken on why Australians should seriously consider studying Korean
- Desi Cochrane on how to tackle advanced Korean
- Best Friend Korean Language School
- Chung Ang University
- Ewha Womens University
- Korea University
- Kyung Hee University
- Lexis Korea
- Sungkyunkwan University
- Seoul Korean Langauge Academy
- Sogang University
- Seoul National University
- Soongshil University
- Yonsei University
There are a number of global conferences regularly held at the major universities in Korea. Conferences in Korea always offer a party atmosphere at night time and you’re sure to make some awesome friends and learn a lot from the experience!
South Korea is often a forgotten market as it is overshadowed by its neighbours Japan and China, but the Korean economy has consistently overcome adversity to become one of the largest in the world. Despite the intensity of trade and global cooperation gravitating to one of Asia’s biggest economies, South Korea remains a difficult country for foreigners pursuing non-teaching jobs and even internships. The number of non-teaching jobs and internships in Seoul open to expats is limited and the competition can be intense; especially from ethnic Koreans who grew up in the U.S or Canada.
However, for those with the passion, dedication, versatility and language skills to dive into Korean work culture, there are certainly excellent opportunities and a fantastic social lifestyle available to be had. Below is a range of useful content to help you apply for jobs in Korea, prepare a Korean resume and decode Korean work culture before you start the job.
- How to find internship and job opportunities in Korea
- How to write a Korean resume
- Applying for a job in Korea – What you need to know
- Korean company hierarchy, structure and business titles
- How to get TV and modelling jobs in Korea? Finding media & entertainment opportunities in Korea
- Korean company salary structure and average wages
- 7 benefits of working in South Korea as a foreigner employee
- Korean overtime and why Korea has the second longest working hours in the OECD
- 6 reasons to get involved with start-ups in Asia
- Your Guide to Teaching ESL in Korea
- Korea’s OASIS Start-up Visa Program for foreigners
- Contact Korea – The government organisation representing the Republic of Korea that is exclusively charged with the attraction of global talented professionals.
- Halycon Search – An executive search firm located in Seoul, Korea specialising in the areas of Finance, Technology, Consumer Goods and Manufacturing in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Seoul Global Center – Check the Working > Find Jobs section.
- Hi Seoul Jobs – A job-bulletin-board by Seoul Metropolitan Government to list and find jobs in and around Seoul.
- South Korea Jobs – Part of the Beyond.com network.
- Kopra – Excellent resource for internships, particularly for those from EU nations but also other nationalities as well. Lists opportunities not just for South Korea but all over East Asia.
- Jobs Database – Korean Jobs Database, JobsDB is the No.1 job site in Asia Pacific, offering over tens of thousands of job opportunities every day.
- JobKrunch – Job board for foreign job seekers in South Korea and the companies looking to hire them. The job listings are spam free and consist of only genuine positions.
- Financial Hub Korea – Offers experienced overseas financial experts with opportunities to work at Korean financial companies including finance related public organisations to promote Korea as the financial hub of Asia.
- ESL Cafe is the first stop resource for English Teaching jobs in Korea. They also have a very active forum where it possibly answers each and every query about living, working, studying and teaching in Korea.
- Seoul Craigslist for Jobs also has many job postings for teaching English in Korea and 1 on 1 private tutoring opportunities for English and other languages.
- Work N Play Korea – not just a job site, but a one-stop community for expats providing a free job search facility to help visitors find the work that’s right for them. It also maintains an up to date entertainment guide, to ensure nobody forgets to play too! (You will find mostly English Teaching Jobs here).
- Seek (jobs and internships in the Asia Pacific, you can narrow your search down to jobs in ‘Korea’).
- Seoul Job Tweets – Regular notifications of jobs and internships in Seoul. Delivered every few hours.
- Job Korea Group on Yahoo – The JobKorea group is for people interested in working in Korea in industries such as finance, investment banking, private equity, consulting, marketing, education and other fields.
Internships in Korea normally offer a basic stipend per month and foreign interns will need to be wary of the Korean company hierarchy and the status of interns within that structural pyramid. Young people often find internships as the best way to break into the competitive job market. Finding an internship in Korea is not easy, but you’ve chosen the right place for a uniquely challenging and valuable experience! Check out the Asia Options guide below on finding internships in Korea.
- How to find internship and job opportunities in Korea
- Our top tips to land an internship in Korea
- Internship at the Korea Culture Office, Sydney
- AMCHAM Korea Internship/Trainee Program
- UNOSD internship, Incheon
- Kopra – Excellent resource for internships, particularly for those from EU nations but also other nationalities as well. Lists opportunities not just for Korea but all over East Asia.
Networking in Korea is a definite must for anyone looking to break into the local job market or looking for an internship in Korea. There are a number of chambers of commerce in Seoul, who hold regular business seminars, social events, and other networking opportunities. Young people don’t always attend in high numbers, so this could work in your favour! The meetup.com scene is also lively in Korea and there are a number of global networking events, although these events tend to be more on the social side.
- The Korean Government Scholarship Program for international students
- Endeavour Scholarships (postgraduate students, VET, Professional Development)
Searching for suitable accommodation in Korea can be a daunting process as the rental market and housing system in Korea can be quite complicated. Those journeying to Korea for the first time may be limited in their ability to adequately survey and judge what type of property will best suit their needs particularly because of the initial language barrier. The good news though is that for those seeking accommodation advice for Korea, Asia Options have collated the most relevant information available to provide inside advice on how to find rental properties without the uncertainty. For temporary accommodation, Asia Options also recommends Goshipages which is a terrific website helping foreigners to find short-term accommodation close to universities in Seoul and Busan.
Sometimes the best way to brainstorm ideas and gain tips on how to engage with Korea is to talk to pioneering young people who have gone before you. Each person’s experience is different but learning from their success and setbacks could well steer you into your next opportunity or stint in Korea.
- Unlocking career success in Korea with Scott Walker
- Scott Walker & finding non-teaching jobs in Seoul
- Teaching English in Korea: Tristan Leonard shares his tips
- Desi Cochrane on Goshipages and start-ups in Korea