|▲Jang Soo-young is in his office in Gunsan.|
The campus journal met Jang Soo-young who works at the Administration Agency of Free Trade Zone in Gunsan. He enrolled in Changwon University in 2012 and although he started college at a later age than most, he studied hard and was selected as a level 7 public official for ‘the recruitment of local talent’. The recruitment system provides skilled people in the region with opportunities to enter public office. This system is made to deal with the imbalance of talent between the central and local governments. The qualification for application is strict and candidates must be recommended by their university. Let’s hear about Jang Soo-young, who has met all of these qualifications.
Q: You are an electrical engineering student, right? Why did you apply to be a public officer for the recruitment of local talent?
Jang: I didn’t originally prepare for a level 7 public official for the recruitment of local talent. From the beginning, my goal was to join KEPCO like most electrical engineering students. At first I wanted to become a KEPCO scholar. KEPCO scholars can receive various benefits including 1 year university tuition. To become one of these scholars, I needed to have a great academic record. While studying, I found some commonalities in that both the recruitment system and KEPCO scholars were required to have excellent academic records, so I studied really hard and I passed both. I had a lot of worries about which one to choose, but I was sure I wanted to do something for the country so I decided on the public servant position.
Q: What is the most important part of preparation for recruitment of local talent?
Jang: First, academic record is the most important. And they should be selected by the school. To do this, students must be in the top 10 percentile of their grade and must have TOEIC scores and Korean History Certification. From this year, I heard that the school selection test has changed. When I prepared for the school selection, I tested twice with PSAT and had an interview, so I managed my academic record thoroughly. And when I was a junior in university, I took the TOEIC test and got my Korean History Certification. PSAT is the acronym for Public Service Aptitude Test. PSAT evaluates necessary knowledge, skills and qualifications for managers. The test poses questions that are comprehensive and in-depth. Also, the test requires thinking power, but I had a lot of classes in my major so I just followed the school-sponsored studies for PSAT. I received a lot of support from the school, including being invited for outside lectures. I‘m sure that I couldn’t have passed the exam if I didn’t receive support from the school. In this regard, I’m forever thankful to CWNU.
Q: What is the hardest part of preparing for the exam?
Jang: Typically, students in the Electrical Engineering Department have a lot of classes. Not only theoretical classes, but practical exercises, group projects, etc. But I also had to prepare for PSAT and the interview, so I didn’t have enough time to eat. All I did seven days a week was study, except for when I got a chance to eat. I ran everywhere to save time. I think that was the hardest but most rewarding period of my life because I studied hard without any regrets.
Q: Is there any secret advice to pass the exam?
Jang: As mentioned earlier, I have no know-how or secret for the exam. However I think that information about our goal is the most important thing. There is a saying that if you know your enemy and yourself, you can win every battle. We need to know what to prepare. After that, more effort is needed.
Q: Do you have anything else to say to the readers?
Jang: There are many better people than me, so I’m a little embarrassed to do this interview. If I want to say one thing, I want to say to the many students who are struggling with difficulties in finding employment: you must acquire the information for your goal. And try to study with a positive mind and a can-do attitude.
by Gwon Min-gwan, cub-reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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