One of the lines of questions you guyz ask a lot is about getting a job in Korea. I totally understand being interested in a country and their culture and feeling drawn to want to go there and live there. Heck, I even understand the frustration of not knowing where to start the process and having a family that may or may not support your decision. The one thing that I will say as a precursor though is this – if you really want to live in Korea, YOU have to be the one to make it happen. That means that not only is there paperwork to be done, filled out and mailed in, but also a lot of research legwork should be done to give you the best possible experience.

The most common jobs of course (and that are the easiest to find) are teaching jobs. But seriously, if there is one thing my graduate school classes have taught me, it’s that not everyone is cut out to be a teacher. Every interaction with kids helps to shape their worldview and as such, if you can’t get excited about it then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. There are plenty of other jobs in Korea though, if you really want it. This is not to say that most people I’ve known with jobs outside of the teaching realm didn’t start at their current job. Almost all of them got their starts as international students or within education. In fact, this is part of why I love Korea! I know a lot of people who came over to Korea and then, used it as an opportunity to network with people from around the world and pursue their interests and hobbies. Some of these individuals later returned to their home countries with new careers and others have even created their own businesses in Korea!

Can you go to Korea in the medical field?
Can you go to Korea and work in Entertainment?
Can you go to Korea and work in Journalism/as a Writer?
Can you go to Korea and work in Sports/Physical Fitness?
Can you go to Korea and work in a Bar/Restaurant?
Can you go to Korea and work in Fashion?
Can you go to Korea and work in Culinary Arts?
Can you go to Korea and work in Engineering?

To all of these and more, YES, YES, YES you can!!!!

To illustrate this point a bit more and just what it can take and what drive you need, I present the story of our friend Marco. He came to Korea after years of studying Taekwondo with hopes of going to the best school in the country and majoring in the sport. At first, they kept telling him it was impossible. So he went out into the countryside and did an extended homestay where he completely immersed himself in the language and culture. Finally they let him into the program. After years of studying and proving himself he moved on to graduate school and became employed by the Korean Taekwondo association. I remember at one time he was pulling 20-hour days. As much as we love the guy, we rarely see him. He’s just too busy.

If you have a dream, you can pursue it in Korea.. but you have to be the one to make it happen!

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  • Dionne Lips

    Thank you so much for this video! I want to study Koreastudies after high school next year and part of that study is being in Korea to learn the language and culture for one semester during the bachelor and even one year during the master. I would like to get a job and live in Korea after obtaining my master and this video even motivated me more to do what I really want to do, despite a lack of support from home. Thank you so much and I really like your YouTube channel ^^ Keep up the good work ~

    Kind regards,

    Dionne Lips

    • hallyuback

      Thanks for the compliment on our channel Dionne, we appreciate the feedback and support! 😀

  • Karen Shortell

    Love Richard’s shirt. Are you selling those?

    • hallyuback

      Not yet. Maybe we should? ^^

  • steve G

    I wondered after watching this video: how would I fare? First of all I’m Korean born, but I have yet to learn Korean, since honestly I have always been afraid to get into it, because I didn’t want to be stereotyped and such. Anyway I want to learn the language while going to university. I’m starting this year so I still have much time left. I’m studying applied physics at the Technic University Eindhoven in the Netherlands (ranked around 140 best university in the world). I don’t want to brag, but this gives a more complete image of my situation.
    In my fourth year(master-course) I can go to a foreign university for half a year. Would this help me?
    Furthermore would they (say a big company) like someone who can speak multiple languages fluently, especially Dutch and English?
    Also could I get other jobs like for example teaching physics, English(probably not since I’m not English myself) or Dutch(if they even teach that) or something outside of my expertise?
    Lastly (maybe a dumb question), would someone who’s born in Korea learn the language more easily then a non Korean (I don’t think it would since it’s non logical to assume such a thing based on ethnicity, but I don’t know a definite answer to such a thing so i still asked :P)?

    By the way, I love your youtube channel, it’s informative, funny and idk I just like it. :)
    hope you continue making fun video’s