Mayor's Hope Journal

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  • You Don’t Have to Go to College to be a Seoul Metropolitan Government Official
    [Mayor Park Won Soon's Hope Journal 154]

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    Now, a college diploma is not a necessary condition to be a Seoul Metropolitan Government official. Seoul Metropolitan Government has started taking steps to usher in an era when people can live happily regardless of their educational background. I think drastic improvement should be made on the current mindset of Koreans, i.e., judging others chiefly based on their educational background. One is likely to be underestimated if he/she does not have a college diploma even if he/she has abilities and skills. We at Seoul Metropolitan Government will strive to make a society where people are recognized and respected for their abilities and skills regardless of whether they have diplomas or not. As part of such efforts, we announced a measure for the promotion of employment of high school graduates on April 24.

    It is good to see that some changes were recently made to the long-kept tradition of favorable treatment of college graduates. Large companies and public institutions started opening their doors further to high school graduates when recruiting new employees. Seoul Metropolitan Government’s measure this time is part of efforts to solve problems associated with discrimination in terms of promotion and wages against those with lower educational background.

    We will do what we can to have the hiring of high school graduates adopted as a new trend in the employment market while exploring promising jobs for high school graduates. Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to help 1,800 graduates of special-purpose high schools (i.e., 15% of those wishing to have jobs) land jobs in the public sector and private businesses this year.

    ① First of all, Seoul Metropolitan Government will fill 10% of the job openings in the public sector (Seoul Metropolitan Government-invested or supported institutions and private institutions implementing Seoul Metropolitan Government-entrusted projects) with high school graduates. This year, the number will reach 260, including those in technical posts.

    ② Seoul Metropolitan Government will help private businesses hire 500 high school graduates as intern employees, paying subsidy of 12 million won a year per intern employee.

    ③ Other measures we will take to encourage high school graduates include selection of the top 100 businesses where employees wish to work, adoption of apprentice-type training of employees, provision of career consulting, employment training, and close cooperation with the employment support center at the office of education.

    ④ We will strive to foster an environment for open ability-centered employment. We will encourage our subsidiary institutions to adopt an environment for fair competition and set up guidelines to recruit high school graduates with good skills.

    ⑤ We will bolster startup education programs for high school graduates, helping them get rid of their fear of starting a business and accumulate experience steadily.
    We will cooperate with the office of education, Korea Federation of Small Businesses (KFSB), and Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in that regard, exploring promising jobs and job seekers with goods abilities and skills.

    Efforts such as these will lay the basis for the promotion of a consistent policy for high school graduates wishing to find jobs. Seoul Metropolitan Government will continue to lead others in efforts to establish a society where those with abilities are recognized and respected.