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Hi everyone, I haven’t been able to make up my mind about what to study at uni for nearly 2 years (I left school in 2019 and likely won’t be going to uni this year 2020). I can’t work out whether I want to study Korean or Business studies, some have said Korean studies is really pointless as a degree if I want to work in Korea in the future and Business might be more valuable? I can’t seem to find a single Joint honours course of the two and only two places in the U.K. even offer pure Korean Studies - Sheffield and SOAS and I don’t have the grades for either (ACE are my grades). Within the International Business degree I would want to study Korean and take a year abroad in Korea, but is it just worth studying a complete Korean degree? Or should I study a Business degree?

Has anyone else been in this situation?

Please help!

Edit: Thank you for the advice everyone!!
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First question is why the fascination in Korean studies in the first place? Do you want to move there? I agree business makes more sense and stops you specialising too early
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First question is why the fascination in Korean studies in the first place? Do you want to move there? I agree business makes more sense and stops you specialising too early
I’m into Korean culture and want to work there in the future! I’ve been debating even studying a Business degree over there but Student Finance obviously wouldn’t cover it haha. I did see there were more Korean studies as Masters than there were for Undergraduate degrees, so a Business undergrad with a Korean Masters could be a possibility. The issue is I don’t know if the places that offer both a Business degree and a Study Abroad in Korea will guarantee me a study abroad in Korea, whereas a Korean Studies degree would?? I’m very conflicted 😭😭
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Hi everyone, I haven’t been able to make up my mind about what to study at uni for nearly 2 years (I left school in 2019 and likely won’t be going to uni this year 2020). I can’t work out whether I want to study Korean or Business studies, some have said Korean studies is really pointless as a degree if I want to work in Korea in the future and Business might be more valuable? I can’t seem to find a single Joint honours course of the two and only two places in the U.K. even offer pure Korean Studies - Sheffield and SOAS and I don’t have the grades for either (ACE are my grades). Within the International Business degree I would want to study Korean and take a year abroad in Korea, but is it just worth studying a complete Korean degree? Or should I study a Business degree?

Has anyone else been in this situation?

Please help!
There's no reason why a degree in Korean should be 'worthless', especially if your aim is to live and work in Korea. Speaking the language and understanding Korean culture and values, plus all those transferable skills that careers advisors love to talk about, would be invaluable to any employer - be they in Seoul or Skegness.

Your qualifications would be an issue for Sheffield and SOAS, but UCLan might be an option. They offer a Korean pathway as part of their Asia Pacific Studies course which includes a year abroad and they have a very impressive selection of partner universities too. Their typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS points, you've currently got 96, so maybe they'd be lenient or you could retake the A-Level you got an E at?
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Hi everyone, I haven’t been able to make up my mind about what to study at uni for nearly 2 years (I left school in 2019 and likely won’t be going to uni this year 2020). I can’t work out whether I want to study Korean or Business studies, some have said Korean studies is really pointless as a degree if I want to work in Korea in the future and Business might be more valuable? I can’t seem to find a single Joint honours course of the two and only two places in the U.K. even offer pure Korean Studies - Sheffield and SOAS and I don’t have the grades for either (ACE are my grades). Within the International Business degree I would want to study Korean and take a year abroad in Korea, but is it just worth studying a complete Korean degree? Or should I study a Business degree?

Has anyone else been in this situation?

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Hi acoldwell97

At UCLan we have a BA (Hons) Asia Pacific Studies undergraduate degree course, with a Korean pathway available. This course is also available as a Foundation Entry course, with different entry requirements. When I was a student at UCLan, I lived with two people who did Asia Pacific Studies with the Korean pathway and one of them came through the Foundation route.

More details:
Foundation Entry: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/ba-h...tion-entry.php
Asia Pacific Studies: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/ba_h...ic_studies.php

We are answering our clearing hotline until 8pm today, and we will be open again tomorrow, for people to discuss their course options for September 2020. If you would like more info about the course and your qualifications, please call 01772 830777 or DM us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialUCLan/ and someone can give you further information.

You mention possibly not wanting to start a course until 2021, our enquiries team are still able to help answer any questions you have if you would like some further information for the future. They can be contacted below:

Enquiring about studying at UCLan:
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Hi everyone, I haven’t been able to make up my mind about what to study at uni for nearly 2 years (I left school in 2019 and likely won’t be going to uni this year 2020). I can’t work out whether I want to study Korean or Business studies, some have said Korean studies is really pointless as a degree if I want to work in Korea in the future and Business might be more valuable? I can’t seem to find a single Joint honours course of the two and only two places in the U.K. even offer pure Korean Studies - Sheffield and SOAS and I don’t have the grades for either (ACE are my grades). Within the International Business degree I would want to study Korean and take a year abroad in Korea, but is it just worth studying a complete Korean degree? Or should I study a Business degree?

Has anyone else been in this situation?

Please help!
First of all, if you want to go to SOAS or Sheffield you could perhaps do the foundation year beforehand? as long as you pass it you will automatically have a place on the Korean studies course. It is probably best if you get in contact with the admissions team of the Uni's you are thinking about and explain your situation as they will have the best knowledge to help you and inform what you can/ could do.

Secondly, the people saying Korean studies degree is really pointless clearly don't know what they are talking about. If it was pointless why would it exist? What it is, is extremely specified and niche. Again asking someone from the Uni or even better, an Alumni, what kind of jobs you could get after would be a better idea than listening to strangers on the internet.

My advice that you can take or not would be to focus less on what will allow you to work in Korea and focus more on what you would genuinely enjoy. Would you rather study business for 4 years with the slight possibility of getting a year abroad, or study Korean culture and language for 4 years with a guaranteed year abroad?

Don't take this next sentence as mean I am just being brutally honest with you...neither option will guarantee you to be able to work in Korea. Business is a popular degree that MANY people take in Korea so if you go there why would a company offer you a job over a native (who will be able to speak Korean and business terms in Korean fluently) with the same degree? They would have to sponsor your Visa which would cost them money and even if your Korean level is high you still wouldn't match a native. It would be a no brainer choice for them to choose the Korean.

The only thing that will guarantee you to work in Korea is a teaching job. Which I'm guessing you already know and don't want to do but you could at least use it as a starting point if you desperately want to live in Korea.
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You are in a spot. Korean is not widely offered and you are determined to study it. I recommend UCLAN Korean for International Business. Pity you did not have the grades for SOAS - they offer Korean and Economics.
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If you want to work in Korea, I think its best to think about what kind of work you want to do, and what skills they need. They're quite protective of their jobs and only really hire people in areas they need themselves.
So I know they employ foreigners in for English-language stuff (+ other languages) and high-end engineering type roles.
Business may get you somewhere if you can specialize something that helps them enter Western markets. But for that they'd probably prefer someone with experience living in the West with those kinds of connections in place.

Teaching English is a very common way to work there, as you may know. You generally just need any kind of degree (you don't even need to know the Korean language at all for this, though it does help fit in). It might not be the kind of job you want, but it's good entry point to try for a year to learn about the country.A Korean studies degree would not give you much applying for this.

Does Korean really studies prepare you for the work market there? You will end up being a specialist in things they already know about.

Learning the Korean language would certainly help open some doors. Especially translating text into English (although they do have lots of young Koreans fluent in English doing translation from the other end).
But learning the language could be done separately from a degree or by living in Korea for a few months.
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First of all, if you want to go to SOAS or Sheffield you could perhaps do the foundation year beforehand? as long as you pass it you will automatically have a place on the Korean studies course. It is probably best if you get in contact with the admissions team of the Uni's you are thinking about and explain your situation as they will have the best knowledge to help you and inform what you can/ could do.

Secondly, the people saying Korean studies degree is really pointless clearly don't know what they are talking about. If it was pointless why would it exist? What it is, is extremely specified and niche. Again asking someone from the Uni or even better, an Alumni, what kind of jobs you could get after would be a better idea than listening to strangers on the internet.

My advice that you can take or not would be to focus less on what will allow you to work in Korea and focus more on what you would genuinely enjoy. Would you rather study business for 4 years with the slight possibility of getting a year abroad, or study Korean culture and language for 4 years with a guaranteed year abroad?

Don't take this next sentence as mean I am just being brutally honest with you...neither option will guarantee you to be able to work in Korea. Business is a popular degree that MANY people take in Korea so if you go there why would a company offer you a job over a native (who will be able to speak Korean and business terms in Korean fluently) with the same degree? They would have to sponsor your Visa which would cost them money and even if your Korean level is high you still wouldn't match a native. It would be a no brainer choice for them to choose the Korean.

The only thing that will guarantee you to work in Korea is a teaching job. Which I'm guessing you already know and don't want to do but you could at least use it as a starting point if i
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You are in a spot. Korean is not widely offered and you are determined to study it. I recommend UCLAN Korean for International Business. Pity you did not have the grades for SOAS - they offer Korean and Economics.
I did see they offer Korean and Economics!! However, my E grade is in Maths... so it’s not my strong point 😭. SOAS used to offer a Management route which had focus on Asia, and within that Korea, but they don’t offer it anymore (from what I know?) In a proper pickle here haha
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First of all, if you want to go to SOAS or Sheffield you could perhaps do the foundation year beforehand? as long as you pass it you will automatically have a place on the Korean studies course. It is probably best if you get in contact with the admissions team of the Uni's you are thinking about and explain your situation as they will have the best knowledge to help you and inform what you can/ could do.

Secondly, the people saying Korean studies degree is really pointless clearly don't know what they are talking about. If it was pointless why would it exist? What it is, is extremely specified and niche. Again asking someone from the Uni or even better, an Alumni, what kind of jobs you could get after would be a better idea than listening to strangers on the internet.

My advice that you can take or not would be to focus less on what will allow you to work in Korea and focus more on what you would genuinely enjoy. Would you rather study business for 4 years with the slight possibility of getting a year abroad, or study Korean culture and language for 4 years with a guaranteed year abroad?

Don't take this next sentence as mean I am just being brutally honest with you...neither option will guarantee you to be able to work in Korea. Business is a popular degree that MANY people take in Korea so if you go there why would a company offer you a job over a native (who will be able to speak Korean and business terms in Korean fluently) with the same degree? They would have to sponsor your Visa which would cost them money and even if your Korean level is high you still wouldn't match a native. It would be a no brainer choice for them to choose the Korean.

The only thing that will guarantee you to work in Korea is a teaching job. Which I'm guessing you already know and don't want to do but you could at least use it as a starting point if you desperately want to live in Korea.
One of my major issues is that I don’t want to do a foundation year so I looked into a Access to Higher Education course (Business route) which I know most of the places that I’ve looked into doing business at will accept, however I don’t know if the places that offer Korean would take it? So if I decided to do an Access Course for a year to meet standard entry grades and then decide that Korean is better suited for me this time next year I could be rejected? I’ve contacted the unis that offer Korean to ask, as I don’t think SOAS even offers a foundation year for Korean haha 😓.

Also thank you for your knowledge and brutal honesty (haha) on getting a job in Korea. Natives who went to top unis likely would be favoured over me as they have to speak English fluently to even get into the top unis 😭. It’s just about how useful the degree is in terms of both career and personal worth... which I’ve yet to work out 😭.

My issue was that if I do want to work in Korea then a Business degree could be more useful (on paper too) than a Korean degree???? Same goes for if I choose to work in the U.K, a Korean degree whilst it looks good and different comparative to other graduate degrees might be less favoured than a Business degree?? I’m very stuck :/
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why dont u choose international business management with exchange program.

business degree will be valued more then korean degree because it's international renowned .
i think busines degree will be good plus you can always learn about korean culture in future whenever you have a plan for korea. without going korea and learning culture there itself , it wont he useful for u
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One of my major issues is that I don’t want to do a foundation year so I looked into a Access to Higher Education course (Business route) which I know most of the places that I’ve looked into doing business at will accept, however I don’t know if the places that offer Korean would take it? So if I decided to do an Access Course for a year to meet standard entry grades and then decide that Korean is better suited for me this time next year I could be rejected? I’ve contacted the unis that offer Korean to ask, as I don’t think SOAS even offers a foundation year for Korean haha 😓.

Also thank you for your knowledge and brutal honesty (haha) on getting a job in Korea. Natives who went to top unis likely would be favoured over me as they have to speak English fluently to even get into the top unis 😭. It’s just about how useful the degree is in terms of both career and personal worth... which I’ve yet to work out 😭.

My issue was that if I do want to work in Korea then a Business degree could be more useful (on paper too) than a Korean degree???? Same goes for if I choose to work in the U.K, a Korean degree whilst it looks good and different comparative to other graduate degrees might be less favoured than a Business degree?? I’m very stuck :/
if u really fascinate korean studies it's better u visit korea and join business studies there.
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If you think you would absolute love studying about culture, history and regional geopolitics of that corner of the world, then Korean studies would be enjoyable. Do you think you really would love writing essays about such things? If so it may be right for you.
For just a nebulous idea of working there idk.

Have you visited Korea? How do you know you want to work there?
Hopefully you are not just dazed by their Kpop/ Kdramas and other media.
The work culture there can be brutal. Young Koreans call the country 'hell Joseon' because of how hard their employers drive them, for poor wages. Foreigners are often seen there as lazy and pampered, because we tend to expect better working conditions and have a work / life balance.
A huge amount of young Koreans want to live in US and Europe.
If you fall out of love with Korea (happens more than you might think) a Korean Studies degree will certainly be a weak fit for most things outside of Korea.
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One of my major issues is that I don’t want to do a foundation year so I looked into a Access to Higher Education course (Business route) which I know most of the places that I’ve looked into doing business at will accept, however I don’t know if the places that offer Korean would take it? So if I decided to do an Access Course for a year to meet standard entry grades and then decide that Korean is better suited for me this time next year I could be rejected? I’ve contacted the unis that offer Korean to ask, as I don’t think SOAS even offers a foundation year for Korean haha 😓.

Also thank you for your knowledge and brutal honesty (haha) on getting a job in Korea. Natives who went to top unis likely would be favoured over me as they have to speak English fluently to even get into the top unis 😭. It’s just about how useful the degree is in terms of both career and personal worth... which I’ve yet to work out 😭.

My issue was that if I do want to work in Korea then a Business degree could be more useful (on paper too) than a Korean degree???? Same goes for if I choose to work in the U.K, a Korean degree whilst it looks good and different comparative to other graduate degrees might be less favoured than a Business degree?? I’m very stuck :/
Is there a reason why you don't want to do a foundation and would rather do an Access course? because honestly, the foundation would be easier! If you study a foundation at the uni you want to go to you only have to pass the course to get in an undergraduate but if you do an Access course you have to get mostly distinctions to get onto the course. They also both cover the same things and are the same length in terms of time. (I did an Access course myself purely because I never completed college so I couldn't even get on to a foundation course) you have been to college so you'll be able to do the foundation! and because a foundation is actually at Uni it has the extra benefits of preparing you even more for uni life. For Korean the Access you would need is one in social sciences and humanities. (the foundation would be exactly the same) It covers things like history, sociology and psychology as you will be studying similar things on the Korean course with more of a focus on Korea obviously!

As the other people said it really does depend on what kind of jobs you want to do. And as I said before, I know it's hard and you want to be in Korea but focus less on what will get you there and more on what you think you will enjoy. Look into different job opportunities and ask around because if you did so happen to get a job in business in Korea at a company (as someone else said Korean companies are brutal and work you to the ground and treat you like crap) will you be happy? other jobs might suit you better. what about translating? or interpreting? I'm certain you could do that with a Korean degree in almost any country you want? So even down the line, you change your mind about living in Korea you can do that in England or another country?

Some pro's to doing Korean over Business is the fact it is niche.. think about how many people have business degrees and the competition you'll face when applying for jobs... If you do decide on business as you said before a masters in something else or doing a combined degree might be better? Or even doing a Korean combined degree might give you more peace of mind? at SOAS they offer
Development Studies, Economics, English, History, History of Art/Archaeology, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Music, Social Anthropology, Study of Religions, World Philosophies, and other languages to combine. There are lots of possible routes there.

Don't rush into anything I'd say. try and look around and be sure because there's nothing worse than being on a course you don't enjoy and also with the whole corona situation maybe it would be better to wait for a little anyway.
if you haven't been to Korea yet you could also do a year abroad on working holiday? that will give you a chance to decide whilst experiencing job hunting in Korea and working on a smaller scale.. like a taster so to speak.

I hope what I've said has helped even a little

also, I found this have a look!!! I hate it when people belittle degrees. It's disrespectful to the people who spent 4 years of their life studying it and all the people who dedicate their lives to working in that field. (this isn't to you this is to the people saying that a Korean degree is worthless or less than another)

https://www.mastersportal.com/articl...n-studies.html
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Some universities offer Korean as side modules that you can do with your degree, like Manchester and Leeds.

Many universities also offer year abroads or summer programmes in Korea whether you're doing Korean as a degree or not. You could also try and arrange to travel there in your own time as the summer breaks at university are often very long.

I think doing business would be your best bet.
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If you think you would absolute love studying about culture, history and regional geopolitics of that corner of the world, then Korean studies would be enjoyable. Do you think you really would love writing essays about such things? If so it may be right for you.
For just a nebulous idea of working there idk.

Have you visited Korea? How do you know you want to work there?
Hopefully you are not just dazed by their Kpop/ Kdramas and other media.
The work culture there can be brutal. Young Koreans call the country 'hell Joseon' because of how hard their employers drive them, for poor wages. Foreigners are often seen there as lazy and pampered, because we tend to expect better working conditions and have a work / life balance.
A huge amount of young Koreans want to live in US and Europe.
If you fall out of love with Korea (happens more than you might think) a Korean Studies degree will certainly be a weak fit for most things outside of Korea.
I was going to visit during my gap year, but covid sort of stopped me . I fell in love with the language first and then the love of the culture came afterwards, and that has been around 3 years now? Not overly sure what job I would like to do there, teaching doesn't seem to be that attractive to me - which is a shame given that it is the only highly foreigner subscribed career in Korea without needing intense knowledge of the Korean language. I was thinking about potentially having a business there - which a business degree would likely help more with than a Korean degree (potentially haha).

Very true in the whole 'hell joseon' situation, one of the things that prevented me from uprooting completely and studying an entire undergraduate degree there was the sheer intensity of it- which the native students would be used to, but me (being a foreigner) would likely struggle .
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If you want to work in Korea, I think its best to think about what kind of work you want to do, and what skills they need. They're quite protective of their jobs and only really hire people in areas they need themselves.
So I know they employ foreigners in for English-language stuff (+ other languages) and high-end engineering type roles.
Business may get you somewhere if you can specialize something that helps them enter Western markets. But for that they'd probably prefer someone with experience living in the West with those kinds of connections in place.

Teaching English is a very common way to work there, as you may know. You generally just need any kind of degree (you don't even need to know the Korean language at all for this, though it does help fit in). It might not be the kind of job you want, but it's good entry point to try for a year to learn about the country.A Korean studies degree would not give you much applying for this.

Does Korean really studies prepare you for the work market there? You will end up being a specialist in things they already know about.

Learning the Korean language would certainly help open some doors. Especially translating text into English (although they do have lots of young Koreans fluent in English doing translation from the other end).
But learning the language could be done separately from a degree or by living in Korea for a few months.
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why dont u choose international business management with exchange program.

business degree will be valued more then korean degree because it's international renowned .
i think busines degree will be good plus you can always learn about korean culture in future whenever you have a plan for korea. without going korea and learning culture there itself , it wont he useful for
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Some universities offer Korean as side modules that you can do with your degree, like Manchester and Leeds.

Many universities also offer year abroads or summer programmes in Korea whether you're doing Korean as a degree or not. You could also try and arrange to travel there in your own time as the summer breaks at university are often very long.

I think doing business would be your best bet.
Yeah! Leeds offer an International Business degree that has the ability to study abroad in Korea, as well as adding Korean language modules as credit modules within the course - so for sure it is a high contender! They also offer multiple summer abroad programs within Korea (over 3!!) that would also allow me to integrate studying Korean into my degree at some point. Good shout!
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I think teaching is a good thing to try for 1 year and give you time to put down roots, even if its not your best fit.
It's a good learning experience, and you'll meet hundreds of Koreans (your students) in an institution (education) which is so central to Korean culture.
With EPIK public schools, its usually not a very stressful job, will give you a bit of spare time in the weeks and holidays to explore. (Private schools can be much tougher). Most people doing it treat it as a gap year or two. You can perfect your spoken Korean, and you'll be saving.

I believe to set up a business there you may need a Korean business partner as a sponsor and co-owner (don't quote me on that).
And before that is really viable you'll need to establish contacts and networks and really investigate the market locally for what's needed.
There's not a lot they can't do really well by themselves and they tend to trust their own, so you'll have to work hard to discover that niche.

At some level that would probably involve bringing in something from your background, like your language, a dish, some business model...
You'll need to think of something specific but its hard to do that without being there and having an aha moment 'This is what's missing'

(+Yeah that Leeds course looks ideal for you)
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Is there a reason why you don't want to do a foundation and would rather do an Access course? because honestly, the foundation would be easier! If you study a foundation at the uni you want to go to you only have to pass the course to get in an undergraduate but if you do an Access course you have to get mostly distinctions to get onto the course. They also both cover the same things and are the same length in terms of time. (I did an Access course myself purely because I never completed college so I couldn't even get on to a foundation course) you have been to college so you'll be able to do the foundation! and because a foundation is actually at Uni it has the extra benefits of preparing you even more for uni life. For Korean the Access you would need is one in social sciences and humanities. (the foundation would be exactly the same) It covers things like history, sociology and psychology as you will be studying similar things on the Korean course with more of a focus on Korea obviously!

As the other people said it really does depend on what kind of jobs you want to do. And as I said before, I know it's hard and you want to be in Korea but focus less on what will get you there and more on what you think you will enjoy. Look into different job opportunities and ask around because if you did so happen to get a job in business in Korea at a company (as someone else said Korean companies are brutal and work you to the ground and treat you like crap) will you be happy? other jobs might suit you better. what about translating? or interpreting? I'm certain you could do that with a Korean degree in almost any country you want? So even down the line, you change your mind about living in Korea you can do that in England or another country?

Some pro's to doing Korean over Business is the fact it is niche.. think about how many people have business degrees and the competition you'll face when applying for jobs... If you do decide on business as you said before a masters in something else or doing a combined degree might be better? Or even doing a Korean combined degree might give you more peace of mind? at SOAS they offer
Development Studies, Economics, English, History, History of Art/Archaeology, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Music, Social Anthropology, Study of Religions, World Philosophies, and other languages to combine. There are lots of possible routes there.

Don't rush into anything I'd say. try and look around and be sure because there's nothing worse than being on a course you don't enjoy and also with the whole corona situation maybe it would be better to wait for a little anyway.
if you haven't been to Korea yet you could also do a year abroad on working holiday? that will give you a chance to decide whilst experiencing job hunting in Korea and working on a smaller scale.. like a taster so to speak.

I hope what I've said has helped even a little

also, I found this have a look!!! I hate it when people belittle degrees. It's disrespectful to the people who spent 4 years of their life studying it and all the people who dedicate their lives to working in that field. (this isn't to you this is to the people saying that a Korean degree is worthless or less than another)

https://www.mastersportal.com/articl...n-studies.html
The access course is around £3000 and can be covered by a government loan which would actually get written off if I decide to attend university afterwards, also it would mean I don't have to spend an extra £9250 + maintenance loan fees before the actual course fees (year 1-4 as I want to do a study abroad), so for me it makes a lot more sense to do rather than a foundation year? So, both monetary and logic wise it doesn't sit right with me haha- also a 5 year degree seems... a lot for undergraduate but that might just be me. Also a major factor would be I don't have Student Finance set up, nor any idea of how accommodation works too at any university and it would worry me not having these things sorted prior to going to university in September.

Also yes, the covid situation has really deterred me from going to university in September too. It makes me really anxious and I don't know if it would be worth putting myself through the mental stress of being physically at a university atop of balancing a foundation year haha. Would you recommend the access course in terms of work balance though? I would be doing it distance learning as my nearest college is miles and miles away and due to covid fear too.

And yes I am sick of people telling me the degree would be less helpful than a Business degree to be honest :/, many careers advisors have been incredibly unhelpful in that respect too so it really hasn't helped me decide on one or the other!!!

Thank you so much for the advice!! I will be checking that website out for sure, thank you so much
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I think teaching is a good thing to try for 1 year and give you time to put down roots, even if its not your best fit.
It's a good learning experience, and you'll meet hundreds of Koreans (your students) in an institution (education) which is so central to Korean culture.
With EPIK public schools, its usually not a very stressful job, will give you a bit of spare time in the weeks and holidays to explore. (Private schools can be much tougher). Most people doing it treat it as a gap year or two. You can perfect your spoken Korean, and you'll be saving.

I believe to set up a business there you may need a Korean business partner as a sponsor and co-owner (don't quote me on that).
And before that is really viable you'll need to establish contacts and networks and really investigate the market locally for what's needed.
There's not a lot they can't do really well by themselves and they tend to trust their own, so you'll have to work hard to discover that niche.

At some level that would probably involve bringing in something from your background, like your language, a dish, some business model...
You'll need to think of something specific but its hard to do that without being there and having an aha moment 'This is what's missing'

(+Yeah that Leeds course looks ideal for you)
Teaching is still on the table for sure, can't be crossing off job prospects in this day and age haha, but to even apply I would need an undergrad degree- which one is another story though haha. I had heard about some of their private schools being tougher yeah :/ but it does seem a less expensive way to understand Korean culture, albeit not with a paper qualification to match, but in the sense of self-fulfilment it would be stupid to say no!

But wow I didn't realise I would need business sponsors and things!! Given Leeds' ties to Korea I would expect they would have some idea of how to get myself connected to the relevant people in Korea, or at least I hope so!

Thanks for the extra know, I hadn't thought of it that deeply yet but it does seem to require some work to establish connections and getting relevant visas etc that I could probably ask around about during my year abroad maybe? Not sure yet!
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