(International Commerce Major 18, Japan)
Hello. When I was in elementary school, I started studying Korean using textbooks published by Yonsei University’s Korean Language Institute. As a result, I naturally became interested in Yonsei University and entered GLC after attending high school in Japan. I majored in international commerce as my first major and cultural media as my second major at GLC, and I was able to learn a wide range of subjects from statistics and marketing to design making using Adobe, so I was perfectly satisfied with my college life.
Currently, I am living a busy but a happy life working in the Japanese sales team of NERDY, a fashion brand of APR. The reason I could become NERDY’s full-time employee from an ordinary student is because I utilized the special internship opportunity provided by GLC.
Since the inauguration of the dean of GLC, Kim Sung-moon, GLC’s active assistance to find employment and scholarships made diverse programs for GLC students. On the day after graduation, I saw the announcement of APR Internship on the GLC website. Unlike ordinary internships, this internship was very attractive in that it was based on the premise of a full-time job, and as soon as I saw the job of Japanese fashion sales and the contents of the job, I applied because I was confident that I would be able to fully demonstrate my capabilities.
It was something I really wanted to do, so I collected as much information as possible about the company to pass the internship. I tried to understand and analyze the domestic and Japanese brand image through social media, comparing brand sites in each country, as well as the goal of operating the business, growth potential, number of overseas corporations, and the atmosphere and welfare of the organization. In addition, I think I proudly appealed myself without exaggeration or falsehood during the interview. Thanks to that, I am thankfully in charge of almost everything related to the Japanese business in the Nerdy Japanese sales team.
I am currently in charge of operating Japanese malls, planning and operating promotions for sales, translating product details pages to Korea and Japan, managing inventory in Japan, communicating with Japanese offline stores, planning and operating events, operating Japanese official Instagram, outbound marketing, sponsoring Japanese celebrities, and creating contents. As there is a lot of work, you can access almost all the processes until the customer receives the product when the product design is completed, so each task in charge is meaningful and you can work with a sense of responsibility at the same time. Also, through this opportunity, I was able to operate the homepage platform and have basic coding capabilities.
In addition, even though there is a separate content team in Nerdy, my skills obtained from my major courses (Cultural Media) were recognized by the Contents team, so I am currently producing most of the contents of malls in Japan and the official Instagram page. When I studied in GLC, the design assignment that I had to submit every week put a lot of pressure on me, but now I feel a great sense of accomplishment because I can use it at the company thanks to the professors’ top quality teaching.
I have experienced various jobs in the entire process of being hired as a full-time employee through an internship, and I was able to get many implications for where my aptitude fits well. Especially, I came to think that the job in the fashion field fits me well better than other business fields, and I am very grateful and honored that I am working for a company that supports me to realize what I want to challenge in such a free atmosphere. Based on this experience, I wanted to continue my fashion-related work in the future, and I wanted to grow into a promising employee of APR, grow our brand in Japan, and succeed with the brand myself. I will continue to make efforts to produce content that fits the brand image with quality that I can satisfy myself as soon as possible.
I’d like to deliver my final message. One thing I’ve realized for sure during my first career is that everything learnt in GLC major class will definitely help when you enter society in the future. I was originally a person who had no knowledge, but I learned a little bit about what I could do better than others through my major classes, and I am actually using it well in my current workplace. It’s good to set a big goal, but I think you’ll be able to achieve great results if you start with what’s in front of you first. Rather than achieving great results, I will also have an active attitude with unlimited responsibility and continue to challenge passionately without sparing no effort. I hope you don’t get tired even if you’re having a hard time, and have a college life with no regrets. Thank you!