Employment Information

Koryo International College stresses the future careers of its students from the moment of matriculation, a practical and successful approach to education, as demonstrated by the high job placement rates of our graduates.

With the country in economic recession, the nationwide placement rate for two-year college graduates dropped to 89.0% (students graduating in March 2005). Even in this competitive employment environment, Koryo International College has maintained a placement rate of 95.1%.

This success is attributable to the outstanding reputation of Koryo International's practical approach to education. During their two years at Koryo, students acquire a thorough grounding in information processing skills, as well as familiarity with clerical issues and procedures, including knowledge of the protocol and etiquette expected of mature adults. They also gain a mastery of the practical English increasingly required to work at corporations with global operations. For all these reasons, Koryo maintains a high job placement rate for its graduates, even under less than optimal employment conditions, with more than half of its students recruited before graduation by major corporations.

From the fall term of their first year, students are given the opportunity to participate in employment support events held by Koryo, including employment examination preparation seminars, employment guidance, protocol and hospitality seminars, company orientations, and simulated aptitude/general knowledge tests. Koryo also provides detailed, personal guidance to help each student find a desirable and suitable workplace. We invite you to come to Koryo International College and explore your future career opportunities. With an outstanding track record in placing students on appropriate career paths, Koryo gives you the edge in today's competitive employment market.

Schedule of employment support events
Detailed personal guidance to help students find employment

Employment examination preparation seminar

Employment guidance
Advice from second-year students recruited before graduation
General knowledge test (simulated test)
Certification tests (English, TOEIC, word-processing)

Employment guidance
Aptitude evaluation (vocational aptitude test)
Preparation for general knowledge examination (simulated test)
Certification tests (secretarial skills, service/hospitality skills)

Employment guidance
Advice from students recruited before graduation (grouped by industry category)
Certification test (conversational skills, TOEFL)

Employment guidance
Survey of career preferences
Certification test (English)

Employment guidance
Simulated test (vocational aptitude test, general knowledge test)
On-campus private company orientations (approx. 60 companies)
Certification test (secretarial skills, word-processing skills)

Spring-term career guidance
General guidance
General employment test < off-campus >
Protocol and hospitality seminar [freshmen seminar]
(color coordination/make-up evaluation,
color coordination seminar, interview lecture)
Shiseido make-up seminar
Interview workshop
Private company orientation
Résumé photography
Certification/employment preparation seminar (intensive lecture)

Employment guidance
Preparation for general knowledge examination (simulated test)
Personal interview
Interview simulation/guidance

Internship experience (JAL internship)

I found my internship particularly valuable because it clarified my weak points and helped me realize what I should focus on.

I worked as an intern at JAL for one month during summer break. During my internship, I learned the duties of a ground attendant - helping with boarding procedures, seeing passengers off at the gate, and providing family services for international lines. This was at the Nagoya Airport, before the Central Japan International Airport opened.

Although working at an airport sounds glamorous, my experience is that all the bustling takes a great deal of energy. It also involves a lot of responsibility - overall, it's not what people think. Since I interned during the Bon holidays, many passengers passed through the airport, and I was extremely busy. Once, I helped an overseas traveler in a wheelchair. The passenger ended up voicing a complaint because I'd provided assistance without speaking to him. A regular employee responded to the passenger's complaint, but I couldn't understand a word he said, which was embarrassing. For me, this incident underscored the importance of consideration for others and etiquette. It also motivated me to start studying English in earnest.

Through my actual experience at the airport, I got a sense of where my work skills needed improvement, which made the internship especially meaningful. I plan to continue improving my skills and to take a broader perspective in seeking the job best suited to me, including positions at airlines.

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Ayumi Mori
(internship participation: August 2004)

Internships (Frontier Spirit Program)

Koryo International College offers an internship program at local companies in England and China. This program, which spans a period of about one month, gives students the opportunity to intern at various companies such as trading firms, airports, schools, hotels, and manufacturers. By gaining the experience of working overseas using a foreign language, students learn how companies operate in ways they can't learn through overseas study programs.

Companies sponsoring internships
  • Crown Plaza Midland Hotel
  • Manchester Airport
  • Little Lever Specialist School
  • Language College
  • Spearfish Ltd.
  • Cheshire County Council Tourist Unit
  • Warrington Borough Council
  • JTB London
  • Toyota Motor
  • Ito-Yokado

Learning by working in an overseas office

The economic development team in the Warrington Borough Council (local government body) conducts various activities to help Japanese companies starting out in England. When I worked as an intern in this team, I was assigned to duties that involved searching for Japanese economics magazines, Japanese organizations, and Japanese schools on the Internet, and producing documents. During this internship, I came face to face with the various difficulties of working in an overseas environment that required operating a computer and software I wasnft familiar with. I also learned many new things. I gained valuable knowledge during the one-month program.

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Chieko Ohta
(program participation: September to December 2003)