labor laws in the ROK

29 11 2012

although korea is a member of the OECD, which implies adherence to some basic labor practices, you see these kinds of ads every day:

only boys need apply

only girls need apply

no old farts

you cannot apply for a job in korea without submitting a recent photo and your DOB.
let’s not talk about the personal questions that come up in interviews:

“are you married?”
“are you going to be?”
“are you going to have kids?”
“do you like to drink alcohol?”
“now, can i ask you a personal question?”

my HR friends would have a conniption.

networking update

30 01 2010

amy wall is a strong woman. she gave me some good contacts to follow up with. leadership development and career and life coaching may be two fits for my skills and passions. these people seem to come from all different backgrounds–education, hr, psych

robin miller was so helpful too. she is a tiny woman and a dynamo. she mentioned outplacement services as gratifying work, something i hadn’t considered before. it combines the soft skills of who are you, what makes you tick with the tactical of ok, here’s what you need to do next, how to market yourself and so on. not sure why this hadn’t occurred to me, since the DBM is what taught me the value of networking, relationships and being deliberate about your career choices. i never would have had this experience of working at f4k without DBM. robin says these people cross over between working within agencies and coming back to corporate HR. not necessarily a specific educational background.

she also said corporate communications at least at their company is more about sponsorships and helping employees find volunteer opportunities. it’s a smaller group of people usually with a PR background. i took that to mean there is less gratifying direct service, working with people one on one.

human resources doesn’t really house the career counseling i was looking for. that’s done more on a contract basis, they find companies to do that for their employees. and they train their managers to grow their employees. so HR folks doing that, not so much. you can come into HR a few different ways–robin came in through the people side. others come in through compliance and finance. executive coaching is another avenue…

on the esl tip…
karen abel, head of esl at durham tech, said the minimum educational level for part-time instructors is a BA (many have an MA), ESL training (this is where a cert can come in), also some degree of teaching experience (volunteering, practicum, tutoring). for teaching within K12, you need to be licensed, which is a much more lengthy process from what i can tell. and maybe overkill, i’m not trying to teach K12 ESL. i was considering, gasp, what will i do when coming home from korea–how will i work or be employed? i guess at that point i’ll have the esl teaching skills to at least work part-time while i figure the rest out.

amy also suggested what about going to school overseas? are there american unis or programs that i could enter even being in korea? hadn’t thought of that.

next steps:

  1. call TESOL program and enroll–do they help you find practicums?
  2. call amy wall’s contacts
  3. call robin miller’s contacts