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  • Seoul to Offer “Woman Up” Internship for Women Seeking to Return from Career Breaks

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    • The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to launch its “Woman Up” intern program for women seeking to return from a break in their careers, focusing on those with specialist qualifications, such as nurses, social workers, career consultants, and librarians.
    • The Intern program will place qualified women at some 44 public organizations in health and medicine, consulting, education, and administration

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 18, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will launch its “Woman Up” intern program for women seeking to return from a break in their careers, primarily focusing on specialists, such as nurses, social workers, career consultants, and librarians.

    The “Woman Up” program is a collective brand for the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Women’s Resource Development Center, helping female residents in the capital to identify their potentials and augment their strengths. The program will link job seekers with internships at local general hospitals, daycare centers, women’s development centers, and other public organizations.

    During his previous tenure, Mayor Oh Se-hoon had pushed a similar initiative in 2009, dubbed “Brushing Off Old Qualifications,” providing nurses, teachers, daycare center workers, and other qualified women with the necessary consultation, education, and job opportunities, if they were seeking to do so after an interruption in their careers. When he was re-elected as the mayor this year, Mayor Oh maintained his pledge, adding public agencies to the list of job opportunities for these women.

    The first round of the intern program will accept applicants for 62 positions among qualified women returning to the workplace, offering them expert job education and on-site fieldwork before actual placement at some 44 public organizations in health and medicine, consulting, education and administration.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Women’s Capacity Development Center will accept online applications from those wishing to take part in the program for ten days starting August 13. Candidates will be chosen after a review of their applications and interviews, with priority for the more vulnerable members of society, including those with disabilities, lower-income, and single parents. Education and training for final candidates will begin in September.

    Any female specialists in nine fields, including nurses, social workers, job consultants, lifelong educators, residential welfare specialists, curators, librarians, daycare and childcare teachers, and computer specialists, may enroll in the program.

    • Women with interruptions to their careers include those who stepped away from the workplace for six months or more for marriage, pregnancies, giving birth, and raising children. They can also include those who never had a job and are now seeking to do so.
    • Those who participate in the program will continue to receive counseling and placement offers for continued growth and employment from specialized consultants.

    “Even if a woman has excellent qualifications, she will need an opportunity for re-education and field training to return to the workplace,” said Kim Seon-soon, Deputy Mayor for Women & Family Policy Affairs at the Seoul Metropolitan Government. “Through the first round of the Woman Up intern program, we aim to become a bridge for these female specialists by providing the necessary job training, work experience as well as the career opportunities, helping them to reenter the society.”