Annyong Haseyo Chingu.
Are you one of the passers of 8th Korean Language Test? If yes, I would like to congratulate you for reaching this far. You are now on your way towards getting a job in Korea under EPS or Exam Permit System.
But wait, passing the examination does not always guarantee a secure job in Korea. That was just the first part of the process. After passing the exam, prepare yourself for a bloody and painful process not to mention time consuming and money demanding procedures. We chose to take the challenge, so just hang on there and believe that everything will happen in God’s perfect timing.
1. Exercise to become physically fit
Based on my readings, most of the work in Korea requires physical strength and stamina. This is the reason why most of Korean companies prioritize boys than girls. If you are working here in the Philippines in an office or in an establishment where you can just sit there for 8 hours, well, it’s not the case in Korea. You must be aware that jobs in Korea may require you to lift objects, stand in a long time, operates heavy machines and what not. This may sound dangerous and heavy but if you are physically fit, nothing that a Filipino worker could not do. While waiting for your data or EPI or contract, exercise everyday. This will not only kill your boredom but also increases your patience because exercising will make you busy. Go and jog around every morning, practice lifting heavy objects and increase your physical stamina. There is nothing to lose anyway if you will do this.
2. Practice Korean language
I read somewhere in the forum that a Filipino who can speak good Korean is considered a good worker. Take at least 2 hours everyday to practice and review your Hanguk Mal. Do not just rely on what you learned during the examination. Just because you passed the exam doesn’t mean you’re good to go. What we learned during the KLT I believe are just basic. It’s not enough that you can just read and write in Korean. Practice basic conversation like Annyong Haseyo, Sillehamnida, kamsahamnida, Annyonghi Giseyo, and more basic Korean phrases. You may not be able to appreciate it today, but when you are in Korea, you will really find it handy. Learn the basic conversation like asking a telephone number, or introducing yourself, or asking for the bathroom and more. Don’t just sit in front of your computer checking your immigration status, Review your Hangkuk mal and this will help you live a better life in Korea.
3. Believe and Pray
God has allowed us to reach this far, and I think he would not leave us hanging here. Believe that this is his WILL for all of us, so keep praying fervently for this petition. Do not just pray for EPI or for data or for contract, pray also for a good company, a good co-workers and a good job. It is good that before you do everything else, you first pray for that. At this point of time, nobody can help us get a secure job in Korea but God alone. He is our only strength because we could do nothing if he will not allow our documents to pass through HRD Korea or being selected by a Korean company. Prayer is our best weapon. Take this as a test of faith.
The tips I stated above are based on what other Filipino workers in Korea suggested in different forums and Facebook groups. I just thought we need all these tips while waiting for our turn to be selected. I know it’s hard and cumbersome, but we are still doing this because we know that this is the way to help our respective families. Let’s do this chingu, we can do this. AJA!!!