Senior students who are looking to get a job are having a hard time finding one during this COVID-19 era. They are complaining about a lot of discomfort and pain in their struggles to find employment. Students at Seowon University cited the postponement of their certification tests, due to COVID-19, and being unable to go to teaching practicums as their main problems.
Currently, there are not many opportunities for practical training given to graduate students because of COVID-19's restrictions. In particular, production-related departments have fewer available jobs because many factories are cutting back on staff and output.
But we have to prepare for our future and see what we can do in advance to get our dream jobs. Below are a few programs students and graduates looking for jobs should look into.
Start-up Fund for Youth-only, those who dream of starting businesses
This start-up fund is a system that provides early start-up funds to young people who have excellent ideas or skills but cannot implement them due to lack of funds. People eligible for support are those under 39 years of age who are preparing to start small businesses and who started their businesses for less than three years. The system can offer funds for up to a maximum of six years at fixed rates within 100 million won.
Youth Savings Account with a large sum of money for the low-income bracket
The youth savings account system is a policy that has been implemented since January 2020. It is a program for the low-income group. It is a project that helps create a lump sum of money, by raising 100,000 won per month for three years totalling 3.6 million won. The investment would return the investor a total of 14.4 million won. Unlike other systems, this system was created to help young people form assets. So temporary and contract part-time workers can also apply if they are in the lower-income bracket.
The National Employment System for Jobseekers during the time when the job market is chaotic
The national employment system is designed for those who can work and are willing to find jobs but have poor employment in the labor market due to lack of background, experience, and prolonged unemployment. For their employment, there are support benefits such as customized job counseling, employee training, work experience programs, various welfare, job introductions, and support for writing resumes.
There are so many different programs. If you are curious about other programs, you can find out more at 'Online Youth Center'. The online youth center also operates real-time counseling. When the policy is too difficult or incomprehensible, counseling can be helpful through the Kakao-Talk online youth center channel. Telephone counseling 1811-9876 is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays.