I’ve been employed at Yonhap News for 3 years, 7 months, and 5 days. It has been a good run. Today is my last day and I’m feeling a little sad to leave. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given and the knowledge of Korean history, politics, and company life that this experience has given me. Plus that, my colleagues have been great, and the paycheck, regular schedule, and benefits have really helped to stabilize my life and give me a good base in Korea.
This job is the reason why I’ve been able to stay in Korea so long — about 6 years now. The first two years or so, which I wrote about in Fugitive Visions, were pretty rough, and I think if I hadn’t landed the Yonhap job after that, I probably would have left. (It seems that this is the way it goes for people in Korea — either something great happens for you after a couple of years and you stay for much longer than planned, or you’re completely burned out after those two years and run screaming.)
When I get done with school (1 year of language, 2 years of a master’s degree in public policy), I’ll be 41 years old. Achieving your dreams is done better late than never!