Social Issue


A social issue which concerns me is the high unemployment rate for university graduates in South Korea. Having a good education is an important requisite for finding job. Accoring to the OECD data, 81% adults aged 25-64 have earned the equivalent of high school degree, higher than the OECD average of 75%. However, only 64% of people in Korea have a paid job, slightly below the OECD employment average of 65%. Unemployment rate is especially high among young Koreans who just graduated from university. Each year, when students graduate from university, they start to look for a job. However some 3 million people with university degrees are now jobless and more and more young Koreans give up looking for job. Sometimes this problem make it worse. For example, university students are not immune to the stresses caused by employment. This situation makes unemployed students feel deep depression. With rising stress level, some students often looked to suicide as the quick answer. This problem contributes to a new serious social issue. Job seekers who have a higher education degree don’t want to work in ‘3D‘(Difficult, Dangerous, Dirty) industries. They want to work for a large company like Samsung, In my opinion, maybe they think a large company can compensate for their effort and money which are consumed to get a degree. Nowadays, levels of unemployment for university graduates are expected to higher and higher. According to estimates by the Ministry of Employment and Labor, a shortage of 320,000 high school leavers is expected by 2020, in contrast to a surplus of 500,000 in university graduates. Many senior students take a year off school because it is not easy to find job. To get a work experience, some graduates seek graduate school. However it is not fundamental solution. It is very sad that students who have great ability can’t work even if they want to do. I very worried about that because now I’m senior. I think government-level’s solution is needed.


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