reverse racism in Korea

22 05 2013

it doesn’t pay to be a gyopo in Korea. my co-teacher Jae told me on Friday that our gyopo teachers get paid ~$100 less each month than the white foreign teachers. forked.

i knew that some companies and thus, recruiters, do not hire gyopos. they advertise that criterion, which is forked upfront.
however, the recruiter i work for, LCG, does hire gyopos. they just pay gyopos less for the same work.

i make 4.8million KRW/month.
our aussie co-teacher, who’s been here for two years and works sans recruiter, makes 5.2M.
finally and forkedly, our gyopo teachers, who have two-three years of experience, make 4.7M. if anything, gyopos should net more than foreign teachers, as they have the benefit of being bilingual and bicultural.

our co-teacher julie quit in protest. with three years of intensive camp experience, she had a legitimate claim for a raise. LCG was able to hire another, younger gyopo in her stead. Jae, our gyopo co-teacher from seattle, stayed on and zipped his lips on the $100 difference.

what do you do?

employment contracts in the ROK

21 04 2013

convenant 4.2


“I will do my best.”

26 09 2012

Today, I made a student cry.
I had to backpedal and bestow praise, before she tuned me out completely.

Last week and this, I’ve been working at Hongik University and a few others around Seoul giving mock interviews to college students. This is my first uni experience in Korea. Kids here seem like students back home in that some are impressively focused, while many are motivated by money without a solid career plan.

Today, I witnessed a textbook example of what not to do in an interview. Poor girl had no clue. She gave such self-centered responses, I told her if we were in a real interview, I would have ended the interview after 10 minutes and sent her home.

For our mock interview for a marketing job @Samsung, consider—

I continued the interview through gritted teeth, so I could give KeeJeong feedback at the end. Maybe I should have stopped her and reframed the conversation earlier. I don’t think she once considered a POV outside her own, let’s just say during this interview, and not be obnoxious and say her entire life.

Many of my other students had lower English proficiency but greater substance and were able to explain how their experiences prepared them for a position and why they were personally drawn to a career.

KeeJeong, bless her heart, had nothing more to say about marketing than you should be social to do a good job. She seemed genuinely shocked to receive critical feedback.

So to reel her in from tuning me out, I said, “your answers sucked not you.”
We talked about how the company’s needs > hers, and then I asked her to brainstorm some of her experiences, so she could practice connecting them with the company’s needs.

Self-promotion and networking ought to be taught to every high school and university student. “I will do my best” is no substitute for how you’re going to get a job done.

The bigger issue is that KeeJeong graduates in five months and doesn’t know what she wants to do. I hope KeeJeong heard my suggestion to visit the career center.