KUBS Career Hub│Interview with Student Landing Job Abroad (Suji Choi,  Business '12)
“Have Faith in Yourself and Embrace New Challenges”

Suji, Choi (Business ’12) is a new employee in "The Boeing Company," an American airplane manufacturing firm, after having completed her internship program. Having thoroughly researched what she had wanted and setting herself a clear goal, she participated in "The Boeing Company" internship program, and despite it not being a job guaranteed internship, she had the fortune to become a full time employee. She said that she was able to earn her position due to her outgoing attitude in setting her goal and her conversations with KUBS graduates.
Q. Could you tell us about how you prepared for your overseas internship?
Everything was quite ambiguous because I did not have any access to information regarding overseas internship program. I tried various ways to gain information. I went to KOTRA Global Job Exhibition and inboxed people whom I thought had my dream job on LinkedIn. Lecturers were easy to converse with because they were mainly people who came to the school to help out KUBS students. Not everyone answered my messages, but the few who have were very helpful.

Q. How was the internship application process?
I first saw the notice on "The Boeing Company" internship on the KUBS Career Hub website. I sent in my application form in June, and had an interview with a person of Chinese, Japanese and Hong Kong nationalities from the Asia-Pacific HR department. 15 candidates were selected through this process to undergo a final interview. The interviewers were from the HR department and consisted of one Korean, and two Americans. I was one of the three Koreans who were selected and started my 6 months long internship.

Q. What was the most memorable experience during your internship period in “The Boeing Company”?
I was very much impressed with the corporate culture. Every director and manager was female. Due to it being a manufacturer, "The Boeing Company" was always under the impression that it was more bureaucratic than IT firms and did not grant managing positions to female. But from what I saw, I thought that female employees were being given ample opportunities to further their careers. I was also taken aback by being able to work with high level officials despite only being an intern.

Q. Could you tell us how you were converted to a full time employee?
I did not apply for an employment guaranteed internship. I was aware that it was only a 6 month program aimed at provided foreigners with work experience. But I had an American citizenship so it was easy to obtain a visa, and I thought if I made a good impression there would be a good chance of being employed. So I decided to take the risk and participate in the internship program. The manager’s review is crucial to being offered a job in "The Boeing Company." For me, I was fortunate enough to have my manager recommend me to the HR department. But not having a citizenship does not necessarily mean that there is no chance of employment. I believe making good impression during the internship period will pave opportunities for employment in other foreign firms. 

Q. What is your newly assigned task?
I will be working in the "International Payroll and Global Timekeeping" team. We manage the wages, welfare systems and time attendance of employees in 66 branches in 45 different countries. It is a mix between finance and HR. Smooth communication with the local subsidiaries is crucial because we have to deal with 39 different currencies and 45 different tax and labor laws. I am a global account manager who is in charge of 3 different countries.

Q. Could you give a word of advice to your KUBS students?
I hope more people will become bolder. I want to encourage them to have more faith in their strengths and have confidence rather than worrying about the future. Getting jobs overseas is not as limited as people think it is. It’s important to be a little bit more proactive, and ask graduates a lot of questions when applying abroad.