Want to Work in Korea, But Korean Not Perfect? Teaching & Non-teaching Jobs in Korea

Do you want to work in Korea but don’t speak Korean perfectly just yet? Find out what your options are for jobs in Korea! We have teaching jobs in Korea as well as non-teaching jobs in Korea along with visa sponsorship information as well. Read on to see how you can come and work in Korea!

This post is for those looking for jobs in Korea, but whose Korean isn’t perfect (yet ;)). Of course, you’ll need a proper visa if you want to work in Korea. But lucky for you, we’ve included that information in the post too. Now like us on facebook 😉

Popular job sites in Korea (English): craigslist.co.kr, worknplay.co.kr, daveseslcafe.com, Koreajobfinder.com, hiexpat.com.
Popular job sites in Korea (Korean): saramin.co.kr, jobkorea.co.kr, incruit.com.

 

Teaching Jobs in Korea

Teaching English in Korea

The majority of teaching jobs for foreigners in Korea are English teaching jobs. Many Korean people feel that they need to learn English to gain a step over the competition. So even if people don’t want to learn English, many Koreans feel like that have to learn English. And for kids, whether they love or hate learning English, pretty much every Korean kid is sent to an English hagwon (academy) at some point in their life. All of that equals many teaching jobs in Korea. Typical benefits include free housing, paid round-trip airfare, insurance, year end bonus (1 month’s salary). Also, you can dance like a money in a classroom and be loved by little Korean kids.

Basic requirements: native-English speaker, 4 year degree from a university in an “English-speaking” country (Asian English-speaking countries such as Singapore or India typically don’t apply :(), non-criminal background, etc. Entry level jobs usually don’t require any job experience.

Don’t forget to check out Seoulistic’s post on the highest paying (English) teaching jobs in Korea!

 

Teaching Other Languages in Korea

There are of course students that learn languages other than English, but generally, the money and the benefits are not as good as teaching English in Korea. The most popular languages to learn in Korea other than English are Chinese and Japanese. But European languages such as French, Spanish, Italian and German also have a presence here in Korea. These jobs are available but are not as easy to find as English-teaching jobs in Korea. It may be hard to find a place that will offer visa sponsorship, but at least they’re a bit more relaxed with the requirements :P.

Basic requirements: native-speaker (not always a requirement), university degree (not always)

 

Tutoring Jobs in Korea

Tutoring is one of the best ways to make good money in Korea. It’s usually higher pay then just working at a hagwon (학원/academy), and the hours are more flexible. Tutoring subjects range from language to test prep. But the problem is that tutoring jobs in Korea are hard to find! You can try registering on Korean tutoring sites, but they’re not so easy for most non-Koreans to navigate. So Seoulistic.com suggests getting tutoring jobs how Koreans get tutoring jobs: by knowing lots and lots of people! Meeting as many Korean people as you can will lead to tutoring job opportunities. Make Korean friends, join a knitting club (with Korean people), join a biker gang or just chat it up with your janitor. They all know someone who wants to learn English or is studying for a test. Putting yourself out there will make sure you’re the person everyone thinks of when they’re looking for private tutoring lessons!

Tip 1: No visas issued (Boo! :(). But most are cash jobs (Yay! :)).

Tip 2: Depending on the subject, tutoring rates can start from 25,000 won an hour to even a 100,000 won an hour or more!



Non-teaching Jobs in Korea

Media Jobs in Korea

Maybe education isn’t your thing. If you’re one of those ultra good looking people that everyone had a crush on in high school, why not give modeling/acting in Korea a try! If you’re sexy enough, talent agencies in Korea will offer visas for the right candidate. But even if you just want part-time work, you can usually find a few one day gigs on craigslist.co.kr, or worknplay.co.kr. Most of these jobs don’t require Korean ability, so you’ll get paid for just sitting there and looking pretty. But if you’re not the next Brangelina, don’t worry; there are also acting and modeling jobs for the average foreigner too. There are some castings for just general “foreigners.” In addition to acting and modeling jobs in Korea, there are also radio or television jobs in Korea that don’t require being on air (i.e. writers for shows, etc.). There is more part-time work than full-time, so it’s perfect for supplemental income.

Tip: Work experience or mega good looks will usually get you a visa sponsorship. But no experience is usually ok for part-time gigs.

Some media companies that hire: TBSefm Radio, Arirang TV/Radio

 

Voice Acting Jobs in Korea

Even if you don’t like coming out on camera, you can take your acting talents behind the mic. Voice acting jobs in Korea include English language material, voices for GPS (“turn left here!”), reading maketing copy for TV or radio, reading shopping mall announcements, and tons of other opportunities. The more experience you have in voice acting (and of course, the more awesome your voice), the better paying jobs you can get. But even for those with no experience at all, many of these jobs simply look for native speakers of other languages. Not all voice acting jobs are advertised on the internet, so if you have a demo tape (or can make one), try going by foot to these studios to sell your services. There are plenty of part-time opportunities advertised on the internet at decent rates, but visa sponsored jobs are extremely rare. These are great for supplemental income, not so great for main income. Be sure to have your own job!

Tip: Places with many recording studios: Hongdae University Station (Line 2, see Naver map here) and Gangnam-gu Office Station (Line 7, see Naver map here)

 

Editing Jobs in Korea

If you’re not a teacher, but pretty good with words, there are a number of editing jobs in Korea (mostly for English). Many of these jobs can be found with agencies that will look stupid if they have super Konglish (Korean-style English – e.g. “Now, Happy Sunny Smile Day with Us!”) on their work. Most of the work is to make sure the company or agency doesn’t look stupid. The pay is comparable to teaching English in Korea, and there are many opportunities for full-time, visa-sponsored work. Most of these will be advertised on the internet, but are of course not as numerous as teaching jobs. Don’t forget to constantly check Korean job sites to apply as soon as possible. Oh yea, and be good at English too 😉

Tip: There are editing jobs for languages other than English, but not common.

 

Education (Non-teaching) Jobs in Korea

The English-teaching industry in Korea is so big that there are non-teaching jobs in Korea for education companies. The very same companies that offer English teaching jobs in Korea will also offer non-teaching jobs in Korea, including human resources, trainers, content development & research jobs. These jobs usually have to do with teaching English but will not require you to be in front of a classroom teaching kids that’ll run circles around you. You’ll most likely be the ones making the English language textbooks or hiring/training other teachers. Full-time work with occasional visa sponsorship.

 

Marketing Jobs in Korea

Maybe you want to go the corporate route. If you do, and don’t speak much Korean, there are still some marketing job opportunities in Korea (usually full-time work with visa sponsorships). Many of these will still greatly prefer Korean speakers to make inter-company communication easier, but it is not a must. Experience is also usually the same (preferred, but not always a requirement). Because these companies sometimes have to market to non-Koreans, they’ll need someone with a non-Korean mindset. So be ready to sell your own peeps some Korean stuff. If you’re good with social networking, job opportunities will also increase as well. All those 4 AM facebook sessions weren’t a waste after all!

 

Specialized Jobs

If you’re uber talented and have specialized skills, you might be able to score a few jobs in Korea. Usually this is with IT jobs (programming, engineering), but if you’ve got the goods, you don’t have to speak too much Korean. Just be sure that you can show them your skills. Visa sponsorship is usually offered for full-time work.
Have you worked any of these jobs in Korea? Tell us your experiences in the comments section!

Keith
Keith
Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

212 Comments

  1. Benny Kaifa says:

    Hi, Keith.
    My Name is Benny kaifa,I’m from an English speaking country and am a native english speaker, and my country is next to Australia and republic of Indonesia.
    I have Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology and Diploma in Youth Studies from my country Papua new Guinea.
    I’m currently studying and teaching English in Indonesia at one of the Senior high school and doing my Bachelors of Science(Bsc) degree in Information Technology,I have vast skills and knowledge to teach English to non-english speakers so can you advice on that how will you take me on board to teach there.
    With that,
    Cheers and hope to hear from you.
    Benny Kaifa
    Applicant
    Cirebon city Jawa Barat
    Republic of Indonesia.

  2. Emad yahya says:

    Dear Sir/Mam,

    Very good day to you.

    I am writing this email regarding job opportunity in Korea, I hope you will find it well.

    My name is Emad yahya, from Yemen. I have graduated from China Aug-2015 holding bachelor degree of international economy & trade.

    Languages:
    1- Arabic ( native )
    2- English ( Second language )
    3- Chinese ( reading & writing with acceptable ability )

    Work Experence:
    1- one and half year Part time job during collage as sales executive in ( haomei aluminium company ) in China.
    2- two months full time job after graduation as sales manager in ( glory star laser machine ) in China.
    3- one and half year full time job in ( Pacific inter-link for FMCG & Oil industry ) in Malaysia as sales executive. I had training in this company as follow:
    A. Supply chain for three months.
    B. Sales management course.
    C. International Work flow and sales operation.
    D. I had several visits to Africa for business trip ( market research & problem shooting )

    Currently I am still employed in Pacific inter-link, however I have decided to move to Korea to learn the Korean language and work there as it was my plan after graduation.

    Please reache me if there’s any job available that would add value to your company.

    Thank you and Best Regards
    Emad yahya
    Emadyahya73@yahoo.com

  3. alislam says:

    dear sir/madam, this is mohammad alislam, i am bangladeshi nation but currently i am work and live in dubai.last 10 years i am working dubai, also i work in oman as a computer graphic design, also i work as a sales and marketing ececutive.. now i am interested work in korea any type of job. i know english, arabic, hindi language, also i know some korean language.
    islam
    mobile: +971529628944
    kakao talk: blubirds
    e-mail: alislam202@gmail.com

  4. Anjali Basnal says:

    Hi
    My name is Anjali. I am an Indian with good command over english and hindi. I have done Masters in Commerce, Law and speicalization in corporate laws. I have 9 years if experience. In Korea, i am willing to take up any job which involves any of 1. Legal and Paralegal services, Accountancy and HR 2. Sales, Marketing, Purchase and Business Development 3. Insurance 4. Teaching, Content Writing, Editing etc. 5. Other suitable profile.
    I understand that my experience with Indian Companies may be new for Korean Companies. Therefore, i am open to learn new skills for the mutual benefit. Also, it would be nice if we can meet and discuss the job prospects in person.
    Thanks
    Anjali Bansal
    010-3438-8205
    csanjalibansal@gmail.com

  5. Mai says:

    Hello Keith!
    This is Mai a 26 years old girl from Egypt.
    I can speak and write Korean pre-advance. While English is Near Fluent. And Arabic is my native language.
    I am interested in “Editing jobs” in Korea. if you can recommend to me some companies to approach would be great.
    My katok ID: memo6.
    My E-mail : maimohamed642@hotmail.com
    Thanks in advance.

  6. Ailyne Refugido says:

    Good day!

    My name is AIlyne Refugido, for the Philippines.
    I am graduate of Bachelor of Science in Social work. I am a license Social work and I am currently practicing my profession as a case manager of Older persons. I am skillful in handling different client. I can speak in English fluently. When I was in my college I used to do part time job such as tutor of grade school student.I believe that my skills,knowledge and experience will help me achieve my goal to contribute for the success of a certain institution. Hoping for positive response.
    My email address: ayenrefugido@gmail.com

  7. Sameer Kumar sharma says:

    I want any job in South Korea.

  8. Abriana F says:

    Hey, my name is Abriana and I wanted to know with the requirement being having a four year degree, does it have to be completed? I’m currently in school going for my BA in Healthcare Administration, would the fact that I’m currently in school be something that’ll stop me from getting a job (most likely entry level) in Korea?

  9. Abriana Fowler says:

    Hey, My name is Abriana. And I was wondering if the four year degree requirement was none negotiable? I’m currently in school right now, I’m going for my BA in Healthcare Administration. So I don’t have that four year degree and I wanted to know if it’ll stop me from getting a job in Korea?

  10. Nadine marte says:

    Hey,

    How hard would it be to get an English teaching job without a bachelor? I am a 27 year old Canadian woman currently in Hanoi looking to take a chance at getting a job in Korea. I just want to be realistic with my expectations since I don’t have any formal education.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Nadine

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