Tips for Foreign students to get a decent job
According to the Korea National Statistical Office, foreigners who earn over 3 million won in monthly salary increased 25.5% in 2019 compared to the previous year. Eamon Byrne, the president of SKK GSB FMBA class of 2019 shared his experience on how to get a decent job.
Firstly, your resume and even more importantly, a persuasive cover letter needs to be polished to perfection. I suggest drafting a one-page resume without a photo and with an international email address, such as Gmail. Put your Korea degree at the top and omit mention of Microsoft Word skill. Try to apply fast, because timing is the most important element in the recruitment process. Highlight the internship in Korea, if you have one. Check with your company for visa compliance. Using some professional legal advice and consulting will help you to get a higher salary and to reduce your tax and insurance payment.
Secondly, do not be afraid to try. I had applied for more than 100 jobs. And finally, I choose a startup company called DC Medical as my first job in Korea. We acquire technologies that have been invented by doctors in the National Health Service (NHS) of the UK. We then transfer these technologies to Korea where we work to complete value-creating milestones including manufacturing, clinical trials, and regulatory approval. We finally sell our products back to the global medical market. I work alongside our leadership team to develop the firm’s strategic vision and also take part in investor relations while seeking venture capital funding.
The experience that I gained at SKK GSB has been of great help in advancing my career and has greatly impacted my daily work. To share my personal experience, I am currently in charge of the due diligence on a company that we are in the process of acquiring. As a part of this process, I am constantly reminding myself of the principles that we learned during SKK GSB’s Corporate Finance class where we learned how to effectively progress through due diligence. As another example, as a part of DC Medical’s strategy team, I am frequently tasked with selecting the countries in which we aim to carry out manufacturing, R&D, and the markets where we plan to launch our products. Thanks to the lessons I learned in our Global Marketing Strategy class, I have been able to plan, align and logically back up the strategies that I could recommend to our company’s executives.
Reach the dream job:
Simon-Kucher’s pricing strategy specialization and my previous work experience aided me greatly in successfully obtaining my dream strategy consultancy job offer at Simon-Kucher & Partners based in London, starting in the year 2020. Simon-Kucher & Partners is a global strategy consulting firm that specializes in revenue growth by optimizing a firm’s strategy, pricing, marketing and sales.
As mentioned above, I advise all students to put your best efforts to learn well from the classes and seek your dream job step by step.
Last but not least, reach out to your network and ask for help. When a job interview opportunity does arise, prepare day and night to ensure you have given yourself the best odds to receive that golden offer.
To all the fantastic GSB students, work hard, try your best and good luck in finding a decent job and starting your golden journey.
Yin Lin, SKK GSB PR Committee, Class of 2021