MOST YONSEIANS tutor students or serve at restaurants
for part-time jobs. However, some students have discovered other great ways to
gain experience barely found in normal classrooms. Below, they shared their
unique stories with the Annals.
Soph., Dept. of Electrical & Electronics
When the Coex Mall in Samsung-dong was under construction,
I installed ventilating fans in the Mall as a part-time job. Through this
experience, I had a chance to understand other laborers of my parent's age. Some
of them used to be somewhat successful businessmen and CEOs, who later were laid
off during the IMF period. I still remember the stories and soju I shared with
Exchange student from New York University
When I was a high school student
in America, I worked at a nearby hospital as a temporary computer designer, in
specific, a 'knee cap designer'. I was responsible for designing perfect metal
replacements for the knee joint with computer programs. I never imagined before
that my computer skills would be useful in putting actual human bones in place.
Sr., Col. of Liberal
I taught and counseled children in Kuryong Maeul,
a poverty-stricken area located in front of the wealthy Tower Palace in Gangnam,
Seoul. These children could not express their emotions especially as their
parents were always busy working, so I tried my best to fulfill their needs.
This experience helped me make up my mind to be a counselor that resolves
children's psychological problems.
Sr., Dept. of Psych.
When I was an exchange student in Tokyo, Japan, I
worked part-time at a convenience store in a central area called Shibuya.
Surprisingly, I could experience the famous Japanese 'family business' culture
since one father and his three sons were running the store. From the way they
applied the old spirit of mastership to running such a modern store, I felt like
I were another member of the family.
Col. of Bus. & Econ.
When the Incheon International Airport was under
construction, I had a part-time job that counted the daily number of limousine
buses entering the construction area. This helped predict the number of
limousine buses needed for the new airport. I learned that even tedious work
like mine is essential in completing such a national project - both building an
airport and earning money are not easy at all.
By far, the most popular part-time job among
Yonseians is private tutoring. However, I would recommend students to build
social experience through part-time jobs directly related to their fields of
interest. Also, I suggest students to write out a labor contract beforehand as
there are many frauds.
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