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Is Korean language a prerequisite for employment in Korea?


Is Korean language a prerequisite for employment in Korea?

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Is Korean language a prerequisite for employment in Korea?

"I have expertise in the field of OOO but I don't speak Korean... can I get a job in Korea?"
It's a question that often appears in our ASK HR section.
As a result, naturally, we were curious about the level of Korean proficiency of our JobpassKorea members so we conducted a survey of 266 foreigners!

Let's see what they had to say...

The results show that although the majority of people were beginners in terms of Korean proficiency, it seems that it hasn't been a long time since they came to Korea, and 56% of them were students estimated to be learning Korean, so they are making a huge effort in order to learn it!

The thing is... the entire process from start to "finish", learning Hangul to speaking Korean, is not easy AT ALL.
So, is Korean proficiency really a make or break for working in Korea?
Korean may not be a prerequisite for all job fields and companies, but it is true that most of them consider it as a key requirement.
Then why is the Korean language important for getting a job in Korea?
Even if English is the primary language spoken in some companies, being able to communicate in Korean as a foreigner is a great advantage.
Of course, you already know that language is a tool for 'communication'. Since most companies carry out projects as a team and not as an individual, speaking Korean can help make for a smooth work life and is definitely a plus in building teamwork with co-workers!

You can also look into certain Korean companies international companies that have entered Korea, where communication is mainly in English.
However, in the case of international companies, they target the Korean market and Korean customers for business. Although English can be used to communicate internally, that is unfortunately not the case for external communication. This is why proficient Korean language skills or even a native speaker level of Korean is required for many companies.
On the other hand, in the case of Korean companies, you can communicate externally in your language as the target market and audience are international, but Korean language speakers are preferred since you should be able to communicate with your Korean colleagues. Whether for internal communication in a Korean company or external communication with customers in an international company in Korea, your mother tongue can also be beneficial but speaking Korean and understanding Korean culture can become a big strength.

One of the assets that Korean companies come with when they hire foreigners is the cultural and linguistic understanding of their country.
Sometimes, Korean companies need local information and language to operate a business within a specific country and customers of that country.
When you think about this process, your value can shine even more if you have an understanding of Korea as well as a cultural/linguistic understanding of your own country.

How about gaining a competitive edge over other applicants with a Korean lecture course carefully selected by JobpassKorea?

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