Jobs for Students in South Korea

South Korea has a very extensive and efficient labor force that keeps contributing to the success of the nation’s economy. There is a high standard of living in Korea that is enabled by the high salaries that workers receive, the average salary in South Korea is about $2,600 a month.

Foreign students can work part-time in South Korea without necessarily needing a work permit, their student visa which is valid for more than one year can suffice. However, foreign students who wish to find part-time employment in South Korea must have completed at least one semester of their studies before they can do so.

International students can approach their university staff or their advisors in their faculty and request for a form that reads ‘Part-Time Work of Foreign Students Confirmation Form’. After doing so, the student must take the signed form to the immigration office nearby where they will be given permission. This permission enables the student to seek both internal or external part-time work at any Korean establishment.

Finding part-time employment is not always easy but extremely rewarding as the pay is very favorable. One of the easiest ways to get employed in Korea is by learning the dialect especially if you reside outside of the main cities and districts, many of the part-time jobs available require communication or verbal exchange with native speakers and employers lookout for individuals with a more than average Korean language proficiency.

There is currently quite a high demand for native English speakers in South Korea so most foreign students take up tutoring jobs teaching the English language as a foreign language. In Korea, there is a phenomenon called the ‘Haegwon’ which is an afterschool academy where students go and gain additional knowledge in maths, science, language, and even extracurriculars. Talent or vocational skills can also be developed at certain Haegwons in the country, foreigners can apply to teach or tutor in these academies as a part-time instructor.

International students can also find part-time employment in the world of entertainment, there is a huge entertainment industry in Korea for foreigners which consists of pro-athletes, actors, as well as tv and internet personalities. These jobs require some level of Korean knowledge and are given by recommendation or connection.

We advise that you build your contacts immediately you get into the campus, make friends with the natives and be friendly to the people around you, chances are they might recommend you for a job in the entertainment sector. Also use social media very well, promote your skill or talent online and you might gain recognition which can easily translate to several monetary benefits in the country.

"I am currently working as a Guest Relations Officer for Merit hotel. On a day-to-day basis I get to meet or work with people from everywhere." - Diyora Muattar from Uzbekistan

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