[Interview with a PhD Holder-Appointed to Professorship Overseas]
 “Have Your Thesis Portfolio Prepared for Your Goal
Jiyoung SHIN, Ph.D.(International Business ‘11) /Appointed at University of Groningen, the Netherland

Q. Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
I received my master’s and PhD in international business at Korea University. I am a “domestic” PhD holder, if you like. After completing PhD, I worked at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada for two years as a postdoctoral researcher. I started applying in winter 2017, when I decided to settle in at schools overseas and got appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Groningen, Netherlands this March.

Q. What made you start for a postgraduate degree?
I worked for a company for a while after my undergraduate study. As work took over my everyday life, I thought, “If this keeps going, a life that keeps me from going any further than what I am already capable of, any hopes of a better future would be nonexistent.” What could I do for the rest of my life without getting tired of, and enable self-actualization at the same time? The answer led me to postgraduate study.

Q. What do you think is the benefit of study for a postgraduate degree at KUBS; Could you tell us what types of assistance did you get from the School?
Professors, especially those in international business, help both PhD students and master’s students out so they can attend and give presentations at international seminars. Also, the KUBS graduate program supports students as well, so students can participate in international seminars with a minimum concern on the financial burden. During my PhD, I was able to attend international seminars quite often actually, as a part of the support from my professors and the School. I was able to ask questions and get advice from researchers across the world. I think that was one of the things that helped me a lot as I made job applications overseas.

Q. What were the biggest obstacles you had to overcome during your study, and how did you get through them?
Nothing actually comes to mind when I look back. Probably because I’m much more optimistic than the average person. I tried not to compare myself to others and instead focused on my own dynamics, and this attitude undoubtedly helped me get through the doctoral degree.

Q. Any tips on how to work on your thesis and the appointment to professorship?
The most important thing is to think carefully about what your goal is and be committed to your goal. You must be aware of the distinction between universities in Korea and overseas, and you should be prepared accordingly. You must have a concrete idea of what you would like to achieve and work on your thesis portfolio; I think these are the keys to reach your goal.

Q. What areas of study are you planning to concentrate on?
The main issue is corporate social responsibility. I am researching the reasons why MNCs must fulfill CSR, to persuade not only corporations but stakeholders as well. It is what I plan to focus on for the next 10 years or so.