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Mentoring & special lectures on career development

01 Aug, 2015 News Center 1,261

 ‘Strategies for Entering Research Institutes: Small Group Mentoring’

Mentor: Yonggi KIM, Korea Institute of Public Finance [2008 MBA/MPP]

In the beginning of the summer semester on June 2nd, Mr. Yongki Kim, who is a researcher in the Evaluation Team of the Center for Performance Evaluation and Management of the Korea Institute of Public Finance, visited the KDI School to open a small group mentoring for the students who are interested in entering a research institute. The KDI School is located near the national research institutes complex, which allows students of the KDI School have now more opportunities to gain work experiences as research assistants in those institutes.

Based on his own experiences at the KDI School, he offered the students some practical advices and explained about the recruiting process of the research institutes. In addition, the students found it very useful as he described in detail about how he feels about his work.

Unlike the usual career development lectures, the mentoring was done in a much more comfortable atmosphere while eating chicken and beer together. A student said, “It was good for those who had to leave earlier for classes because they could freely ask questions whenever and got the response immediately.” Another student commented, “We were able to share our agonies with our alumnus who already went through the entire process in the past and understands well about their worries. It was really helpful.”


‘Strategies for Bank Entrance: Focusing on the Korea EXIM Bank’

Mentor: Yongwon SONG, Korea Export Import Bank [2011 MPP/ED]

On Wednesday, July 8th, Mr. Yongwon Song, who had worked in the Economic Development Cooperation Fund of Korea Export Import Bank and is currently working in the Asian Division, came to the KDI School to give a lecture for the junior students to develop their career path in the field of financial or development sector. He explained what the KEXIM Bank does, how it has been developed through Korean history, and what EDCF does.

Many students came to listen to the lecture, especially the students those who study international development. They have always been interested in the work of the EDCF, which is one of the two government aid agencies of Korea. Some students found it informative and others suggested that it might have been better if the lecturer provided more detailed information about the employment procedures. Some other students were motivated to develop their career in the field of development.


By Sojeong Lisa Jeong [2015 MDP, Korea]