Date
23 October 2017
Korean drama shows such as My Love from the Star (left) have prompted many to learn the Korean language, which can help them land a job as flight attendant at Dragonair. Photos: Facebook, Dragonair
Korean drama shows such as My Love from the Star (left) have prompted many to learn the Korean language, which can help them land a job as flight attendant at Dragonair. Photos: Facebook, Dragonair

Study Korean language and go places

A growing number of people are trying to learn the Korean language as interest in the country’s television drama shows and pop culture surges. Now, here’s a chance to turn that interest into what could be an exciting career.

Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. is hiring 100 flight attendants, and it will give preference to those who can speak Korean, Metro Daily reported on Friday, citing an assistant human resources manager at the company.

The airline may add more flights to its Hong Kong-Korea routes to cash in on a spike in travel to Seoul and other destinations in the East Asian country. As such, a knowledge of the Korean language is an advantage for those applying as flight attendants.

Prospective applicants better hurry: Recruitment period is only between Aug. 2 and 4.

There are many other career opportunities for young people who know how to speak Korean, a manager at Leung’s Institute told the Sky Post.

“A 19-year-old girl went to a Korean university for a three-month language course and her salary jumped to HK$15,000 from HK$10,000 after being hired by a Korean company in Hong Kong,” the manager surnamed Ng said.

About 20 students are joining a Korean tour organized by the institute this year. The tour, including fare and accommodation, costs HK$20,000 while the number of participants is up 30 percent from last year, Ng said.

At HANA One Korean Language Center, enrolment has increased 30-40 percent over the past three years, supervisor Lai Sau Yin was quoted as saying. The school has an average of 1,200 students a month.

Around 60 percent of the students are 25-30 years old, while 20 percent are secondary school students.

Sky Post also quoted a 25-year-old woman as saying that she spent HK$120,000 a year during her stay in Korea to learn the language. That includes school fees, rent and living costs.

Despite the costs, she has no regrets. “One day of study in Korea equals two weeks of classes in Hong Kong. I see that as a huge improvement.”

She plans to stay in Korea for work after finishing the course in September, the report said.

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