Graduating from Yonsei GSIS | 2 Years Later **English CC**

Graduating from Yonsei GSIS | 2 Years Later **English CC**

October 28, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


hey everyone long time no English video, I
know but the back to school season got me thinking wow it’s been pretty much two
years exactly since I graduated from Yonsei GSIS and a lots happened since
then, one big thing is that I have moved, gotten a job, and it made me
realize that I have had so many conversations with people who are
wondering what are they going to do with their Korean Studies degree or Asian
Studies, global studies these very specific degrees so I thought I’d leave
this video and talk about what has happened with my life and some of my classmates lives
so for me, I do research basically I’m lucky enough to use some of my Korean
skills both area knowledge, cultural knowledge and a little bit language, um
my friends wow some of them have continued their education I know there
are people that are working on their PhDs people, one friend in particular
she’s gone to law school, several people working at national historical
institutions in the States, I know a friend at UNICEF she’s doing
pretty well and several people who have stayed in Korea overall there’s quite a
few careers that you can go into with these skills I did Koream studies some of
my classmates did international relations so I don’t think it holds you
back too much you just have to be a little flexible what you’re interested in.
I know in Virginia there’s a ton of research institutions I mean come on up
to D.C. you’ll see like the Korean Economic Institute and a lot of these
big think tank like things and there’s of course government jobs probably in
there as well, so there are jobs out there and you don’t have to listen to
people saying “oh you’ll never find a job with your major in Asian Studies or your
masters in Korean Studies”.. so what would I change now I want to be fair you know
not everything at sunshine flowers there’s a few things that I would change
about myself and how I was student at Yonsei and some of things about Yonsei
itself so for me I wish I was taking
more advantage of some the internship opportunities because I just kind of
worked to earn money, I worked at the international office for a year and a half,
two years almost which was great for me because I could stay in the loop, I could
work on campus the pay was pretty decent for you know
part-time work, but those friends who had internship opportunities in Korea I
think they had an easier time finding a job in Korea itself, that’s not something
I ultimately ended up doing obviously but if you are interested in working in
Korea definitely network do internship or
volunteer opportunities in Korea itself that will go a long way
what else I think I would have pushed myself harder to take the TOPIK exams
there was never need to for me so I never really did it I went through the
fourth level of Korean language I had done levels 1 and 2 during a study abroad and
a summer semester actually at the Korean language institute and then in levels 3 and 4 as a graduate student I could have pushed myself further in and done 5 and 6 but I’ll be honest it was a late night class and I wasn’t a fan of the
particular way the class was taught it was not a structured, which I prefer
structured classes myself, that being said I don’t think you should limit
yourself just to the classes offered at Yonsei there are some amazing and very
affordable courses offered through Sogang, which we like to say you can tell
has gone to Yonsei because they have really really good grammar and academic skills
but you have people going to Sogang they speak Korean so well and their
communication ability I think is a lot better than typical students from the
Yonsei KLI school both really good schools both with their pros and cons so
several of my classmates did that and I really I wish I had done that myself
just because it was a little bit so if the schedules not really the way its going to work out for you or you don’t like the way the class is taught at Yonsei
definitely think about going to the Sogang classes they’re amazing highly
recommended. That moves me onto a few things I would changed about Yonsei GSIS
itself I found that the grading structure a little tricky you’re on a curve for
quite a few classes which it makes that hard to get scholarships it makes it
hard to get really good GPAs and it encourages competition between students
of course this is information from 2015 and they might have updated their
grading scale by now so hey there you go another thing that thinks about your
thesis early if you want to do a thesis planning a research project takes some
time and the faculty members can only take on some of these students for
advising their thesis and if you don’t get the faculty member you want early
you might not be able to do thesis so I wished Yonsei would take a look at that
or maybe they have so again fingers crossed for current and future students
those are the two big ones that I really wanted to point out to people but
another thing is if you’re going to go abroad for your future career and we’re
pretty much talking about the states here because obviously I haven’t worked in
any other country is for education and accreditation some employers say all
foreign education must be accredited somehow well you look on the Department
of Education website in the States and your prospective employer can look at
your resume and say hey that’s accredited that’s good your prospective
university or school can also do the same thing and I believe state licensing
boards for certain professions can also look at your foreign education however some
employers may ask you to get your foreign education accredited by third party company, they might recommend a few and this can cost a couple hundred
dollars so if that is something that you’re thinking might be necessary for you make
sure you get English language copies of your transcripts of your class schedule
and everything like that I did not have to do that for my particular employer
which is really nice because hey it’s a little bit of money upfront to get
yourself some accreditation, I do know at Yonsei University its very convenient it was the engineering building you kind
of go around a corner and you find directions for this online and during
these machines we can print out your transcripts, your scholarship
confirmation, your graduation confirmation on all the official
letterhead with seals, in both English and Korean, its a few bucks it’s really
worth getting a bunch of extra copies I think I got like four or five copies of
each thing, just to bring them to the states because once you leave Korea it’s
a little tricky getting those so for people graduating soon
def make sure you get quite a few copies of that stuff so I think that
pretty much wraps it up if you guys have any questions or just want to make some
comments or know any additional information put it down below or I’ll
see you guys next video. Bye!