D-232

Korean internship?
These days I’m preparing applications for internships. In Korea! I figured that if I don’t take the plunge now and try, when will I get such an opportunity again? Internships are a great opportunity to try living there for a specified amount of time while learning something I can use in my career in the future regardless of the location. If I wait for an opportunity to be expatriated for a company, it will be a much bigger commitment so it’s probably better to start on a smaller scale and see if I enjoy daily life over there or not.

Applying abroad is both exciting and a bit of a hassle no matter where you go. Seeing new places and studying/working in new environments is really exciting, but the process of getting there isn’t terribly inspiring in itself. Translating grades from two separate grading systems (that both defy logic) to a third system I have no knowledge of whatsoever is one of the challenges I’m facing these days. Let alone navigating different types of Korean CV templates.

Furthermore I have to sit a proficiency test in English. Since my GMAT score is 5 years old it’s 1) obviously not issued less than 2 years ago as some companies require, and 2) actually it expired overall just a few weeks ago. The fact that both my BSc and first MSc were both taught in English doesn’t count since my diplomas are not from countries that have English as a first language.

Let’s see what happens. If they want to hire me, it will be a great opportunity, and if I don’t try, it will definitely never happen.

Do you have any recommendations? Things I need to be aware of?

Korean studies:
There are now 232 days until TOPIK, and I’m waiting for my new TOPIK books from TwoChois. I ordered two different books: One about the general format of the new exam, and one specifically about the intermediate level. Although I’ve been absent from the blog, I have been studying. That being said, these days I fear for how I will do at the exam. Maybe that’s the push I need to really improve, though.

I try to read widely, look up as many new words and grammatical structures as I can while reading or watching TV interviews/dramas in the little free time I have. The only problem is getting all of them to stick. Every day I listen to music and try to construct sentences in my mind while doing the dishes or some other task that doesn’t require much mental presence. I watch 사극 whenever I can find the time just for pure enjoyment because I like the genre, but I try to be really careful about not getting too fond of grammatical structures that don’t belong in modern Korean conversations. It would probably cause a stare or two if suddenly saying “말해보거라” to a language partner…  In a conversation about old-fashioned language, my current LP once said that she sometimes teases her cousin by replying 예 마마 to requests/questions but other than such situations, “sageuk speak” has fairly limited use these days.

If anyone is in for a 사극 marathon, though, I can definitely recommend 기황후! One of my friends decided to never even see the final episode – that way she could pretend it never ended 😉

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2 thoughts on “D-232

  1. 소피

    Hej 🙂
    Så er det vist min tur til at skrive på din blog 🙂 Jeg er rigtig glad for at undervise, heldigvis har jeg undervisningserfaring fra de tre ph.d.-år så det er mindre skræmmende nu pludselig at være ansvarlig for sit eget fag. Jeg er virkelig glad for det akademiske, men jeg gik heller ikke direkte videre i systemet efter min kandidatgrad. Følte dengang at jeg lige måtte prøve kræfter med det private erhvervsliv først, så var “ude” i et år inden jeg vendte tilbage. Jeg synes i øvrigt det lyder fantastisk, at du lige nu søger internships i Korea! Min egen drøm er på et tidspunkt at få et længerevarende forskningsophold på et koreansk universitet. Skal til international konference i Canada til juni, hvor jeg håber på at møde koreanske økonomer jeg kan netværke med. Jeg tænkte, om du måske har en privat emailadresse eller lign. jeg kan skrive til. Det kunne være sjovt at udveksle erfaringer osv. Lige nu leger jeg nemlig med tanken om at prøve kræfter med TOPIK intermediate til efteråret, men er usikker på om man kan tilmelde sig den uden at have bestået TOPIK basic. Under alle omstændigheder tænker jeg, at den vil være god at have klaret, når jeg søger om et forskningsophold. Hvis du har lyst kan du skrive til mig 🙂

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    1. koreanlearner Post author

      Hej igen 🙂 Tak for mailadressen og dit fulde navn – jeg har dog klippet dem ud af din kommentar så dine informationer ikke ligger frit tilgængelige.
      Jeg kan godt forstå dit ræsonnement vedr. arbejde/forskning. Jeg tror også man blive en bedre forsker ved at prøve sin viden af i praksis bare en gang imellem. Hvor lyder det spændende, at du skal til konference. Forhåbentlig møder du nogen derovre, som kan kaste lidt lys over, hvordan du kan komme til Korea 🙂
      Jeg sender dig en privat mail 🙂 //Mai

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