Hello My name is Hassan, I live in Seoul.
I work as Senior Software Engineer – Today I would like to tell you about life in South
Korea a a Software Engineer. [Korean] Hello, Today I will be taking about my Life in Korea as Software Engineer. I plan to add subtitles in Korean too – So please watch my video later if its difficult for you to understand my English. South Korea is one of the most workaholic country in the world In-fact it tops the
list among the OECD members. People are so workaholic here that There is general saying here. If you work harder, You can get succeeded. Its also because of the tough competition
here for anything from selling stuff on street to departmental store. Getting right job and seat in Subway or reservation in restaurant I came to Korea in 2011. At that time I studied Masters in Computer Engineering. After my graduation, I started working here because Korea moves really fast. technology rapidly changes You can see that smart phone penetration
is over 120% , and recently Big data, AI, self-driving cars, robots are every where in Korea. Even Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Korea is 3rd largest market in the world Let me share with you some of the pros and cons of working in Korea. Lets Start with pros. 1. South Korea is developing fast so you could get chance to work on latest technology For example AI, Big Data, Robotics and ever growing smart phone app development. This is great for your career growth. You will always have
something to do! You will never get bored. 2. Your English skills can help in globalizing
the company -It can also bring in multi-culturism and diversity in the company – Which is very
important nowadays. 3. If your company is earning profit, you
will get bonus every year. 4. If you work in a medium scale IT company
and you joined it less than 30 years age, you will be exempted from Income Tax for 3
years 5. You could get lots of opportunities to
attend some global events here – Companies Like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook hold lots of events here. They deliver talks in English and Korean.
After studying for 2 years (MS course) and working for 3 years in same company , you are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency Visa – F 5! Which is more than 10 years of
visa to stay here. Lets talk about some of the disadvantages of working in Korea. As I mentioned that people here are workaholic, so you might have to work extra long hours in office. A term called Yagun 야근. You
might get stressed because of that. 2. Here things move very fast. So you have to product results quickly. Sometimes it can be a cause of lots of bugs and errors in the
app which requires more time for developing a stable version. Pay is little less than as compare to some countries like Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.
4. Korean language is another big issue. If you don’t speak Korean, it will be hard
for you to communicate with everyone in the team or company. It might be okay in case
of a global company. Mostly I have seen that developers hesitate to speak English. Most
of the local trainings and workshops are conducted in Korean so you might have hard time dealing
with them. 5. there are hardly an english speaking tech
communities in Korea. and you won’t find many expat Software Developers here with whom
you can interact. So mostly you will end up meeting Korean developers. I recommend you to learn a bit of Korean so that you can talk with them and make friends.