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Working in South Korea

South Korea is the ideal place to jumpstart an international career. It offers a healthy economy and plenty of career opportunities.

Covering more than half of the global shipbuilding market, S. Korea has made a name for itself as a global player in this field. The top four shipbuilding companies are based in S. Korea. Even more than that, are the employment opportunities the services sector can offer. Close to 70% of the people in S Korea are employed in this field and it is predicted to get stronger.

International students who graduate from Korean universities are being given special considerations for employment. Foreign students graduating with degrees in IT, e-business, new materials, transportation equipment, digital electronics, environment and energy can make use of the Gold card system which allows them to continue staying in Korea to work.

For people looking for temporary work, or short term work, there are many summer camps scattered around the country that are always looking for English tutors. Many foreigners take up work at restaurants or bars, but you have to be prepared for the low wages they give you. Also this type of a job will require knowledge of the language.

To be able to carry on any type paid employment in the country, a work permit is required. It will be much easier for you if you try to find work in an establishment that arranges for your work permit or at least helps you to get it. On your own, the process can become tedious.   


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