Do you know about the ‘University Employment Center’? It is part of the Career Services Department at Daegu University. The center is located in the ‘Career Employment Office’ on campus. There are 7 consultants, including the team leader, providing counseling in their respective fields. Many students at Daegu University agonize over the career path after graduation. So, I interviewed the team leader of the ‘University Employment Center’ to find more about it and the services they offer.
Q1: Can you explain what counseling the ‘University Employment Center’ provide?
A1: We offer career counseling, as well as employment counseling. In career counseling, we can’t provide in-depth information on transferring to other universities or changing the student’s major. But we can offer students a direction of a double major in line with their career path. Some students might think their college major is unsuitable for them or they might want to find other careers after various experiences.
In these circumstances, finding information with a counselor can create synergy. For employment counseling, we first analyze data on the appropriate company and job with a counselee. Then offer targeted resume writing to meet the qualifications for the company. We also offer simulated job interviews for students who have completed their resumes.
Q2: Can you explain the process of employment counseling?
A2: Pre-bookings are required to get counseling. First-time counseling session should be expected to last about one hour because the consultant needs time to interact with and get to know the student. For example, the consultant first does a business analysis with a student who wants to enter a ‘Naver’ company. The counselor then analyzes the student’s current capabilities and presents the capabilities he needs to enter the company. It is advisable to go through these courses before the beginning of a student’s senior year.
Q3: What part of your job do you find the most rewarding?
A3: For example, we consulted 100 people, and if one or two of them succeeded in finding a job, I feel very satisfied that we may have helped them. The moment is incomparably happy. There are some difficult aspects of interacting with students as counselors, but these moments seem to wipe out all the hard memories.
Q4: Finally, what would you like to say to DU students?
A4: Since the agency is operated using funds from the Ministry of Employment and Labor budget, the local government budget and Daegu University’s education budget, counseling is conducted entirely free of charge. So, it is advantageous for students to bother us as much as possible. Local youths under the age of 34 are also able to seek counseling. I hope many come to see us.
The center is giving the effort to relieve young people’s worries about getting a job and provide them with appropriate information. So, I hope more students pay attention to this center.
L.L.F reporter You-Jin Kim