HOW MUCH are you willing to endure for money? Would you be able to tolerate a radical boss? An inexperienced manager who is doing everything wrong? What about an environment that expects so much yet informs you of nothing in advance? Nothing comes for free; however, it is also our natural desire to seek for an easy way out. This goes for the same way with Yonsei students and their search for part time jobs. We asked Yonseians about their best and worst part-time job experiences.
Kim Ka-yeon (Jr, Dept. of Education)
Since the start of the semester, I have been working as an in-school librarian and I think it is the best part-time job I had so far. I can confidently say that in-school librarian is the best job because of the relatively light workload. I’m in charge of organizing books and assisting some office works at school. The most basic task is putting unorganized books back into their original place. Compared to other part-time jobs, I am able to save a lot of commuting time. Also, I get to make new friends as I interact with other students who work as in-school librarians. Moreover, the managers are friendly and the work atmosphere is pleasingly healthy. It’s undoubtedly the best job I’ve ever had.
Kim Jee-woo (Soph., Dept. of Clothing and Textiles)
Amongst the many part time jobs relating to the fashion industry, working as an assistant was the worst and challenging experience. The job itself was quite interesting but it was very laborious. My main job was to contact agencies that manage expensive brand clothes. Additionally, before a photo shoot started, I had to organize and lay out all the clothes, accessories, shoes. After the shooting, I had to put back all the items used, from more than 30 different brands, into the exact same bags they came in. The job required me to be professional although I was not prepared. There was no one to guide me so I had to figure out everything on my own. I was always scared that I would make a mistake because if I did, I would have to pay for everything that was ruined. Compared to the work load given, I was not paid as much either.
Kim Chae-yoon (Fresh., UIC, Underwood Div.)
Last summer, I had the opportunity to translate film interviews from English to Korean and earn money. I would get a record of the interview through e-mail and submit the translation at home. It was much like working as a free-lancer.I could manage my own time and work wherever I want. Translating film interviews was interesting because the interviews featured actors, actresses and directors whose films would get released in the cinema. My favorite interviewee that I translated for was Ridley Scott. During an interview on the 2017 film *Alien*, he was asked, “What is the importance of the introduction of the new AI in this film?” He replied, “I cannot answer this question because it is too important to the plot… is no one coming from Fox to shut my trap.” This really sent me laughing. Translation was a job that required me to use my bilingual ability so I was able to feel a sense of accomplishment as well.
Joo Ye-won (Soph., Dept. of Econ.)
I am currently working as a teacher at a private academy. I don’t like the job because I can’t really get along with the director. The students I teach show little interest in studying and often come late. So the director frequently lectures them for an hour concerning their attitude and interrupts my class time. The class hardly catches up with the topics that have to be covered. The worst part of the job is when the director talks behind the students’ back, about how pathetic they are. He pessimistically comments on the student’s future and disregards their potentials. The workload is not arduous, but listening to all the insults the director made to the students, stresses me out.
Ha Seung-hyun (Fresh., Dept. of Business Admin.)
Last summer, I worked as a teacher's assistant (TA) at an SAT prep academy. I thought that working as a TA would only involve grading students’ test papers. But, I could actually make many friends. Since my colleagues were students who go to various colleges worldwide, I could broaden my personal connections all around the world. I have made true friendships spending the entire summer working and drinking with them. Also, some of the work at the academy involved dealing with computer software such as Microsoft office and Photoshop, so I was able to be good at handling these programs. But the best part of this job was the fact that I was paid well, the academy had good employee welfare policies, and they offered free meals to us every day.
Han Ye-lim (Fresh., UIC, Underwood Div.)
I am currently working in the café Street Ohio on the 7th floor of the Underwood Memorial Library. Street Ohio newly opened in spring semester of 2017 and is managed by a graduate of Yonsei University. The advantage of working at this café is that there are no transportation expenses and the manager allows me to make my own drinks. Since the café is in the library, people who visit this café have to stay quiet. Also, I don’t get stressed as much as other part-time workers because of the relatively light workload. Even though I work at a peak time, between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., the manager does most of the hard work, such as preparing the ingredients and arranging the displayed menu. So the only thing I need to do is make drinks. Also, the menus are not that difficult to make because the recipes are not as complex as the ones in Starbucks.