12 In Others / General

The more I talk about it, the more I realize…..

I used to think that I don’t know what I like, but actually it shows so clearly through my actions and especially when I talk about it.


hahaha that is my takeaway from all the interviews that I’ve attended over the past year or so.

I don’t know if this sounds strange, but prior to these interviews, I had no idea that I actually had so much passion for Korean (and for it only). ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Obviously, I like Korean. And I know it. But somehow it didn’t occur to me that I’m totally “obsessed”. The interviews I attended were for a wide variety of purposes and some of which, had zero link to Korea / Korean. But no matter what the interview was about, I always ended up talking about Korean hahahaha. Blame that “tell us about yourself” question. And it’s funny how I’ll always manage to turn the whole conversation into Korean / Korea, and the original purpose of the interview forgotten until the interviewers decide to change track. Yeah, and I scare myself sometimes because I can go on for an hour at least talking about Korea / Korean hahaha.

It’s funny how some of the interviewers will be like: you should go to Korea (or apply to something related) instead. Why come to us? They see that clear (one and only) path for me that I don’t even see for myself. 한길로!!!!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

I don’t know. I have never applied to anything that I have absolutely no interest in and none of my decisions are driven solely by pragmatic concerns. I don’t have to just have ONE interest right? Even though this one interest supersedes all others ORL

That being said, I don’t like to restrict myself to Korean. I have other interests (hey come on, don’t give me that disbelieving look) and other areas that I’m keen to learn more and explore. Interest is not something that you know prior to doing it. WHO KNEW THAT I’LL LOVE KOREA SO MUCH??? I had zero interest in Korean just a few years before and frankly speaking, I would say I was more interested in Spanish 😛

Interest and passion is something that you develop, not something that you know beforehand. I develop my interest for Korean after I’ve tried it out, and I develop my interest for history after deciding one day that I want to try to learn about Korean history.

That is why I always find it strange that interviewers wants you to be able to demonstrate strong interest in an industry that you have never worked in before. Obviously I have interest in it, that’s why I’m applying. But I also won’t know until I really try it out. And sometimes you end up having a lot of interest in something that you never thought you will be interested in before. Just like what Korean is for me. Right now, I can tell you that I don’t really have an interest in say….. fashion. But who knows. If I end up working in that industry I may find a lot of things I like about it!

In any case, the morale of the story is that it is important to know what you want (at least) and I think it comes out clear when you start to talk about it. Passion is something that cannot be hidden and I think no matter how much I try to suppress, it will show super clearly. I don’t think I can talk about Korean without having that ♥.♥ expression.

Also! Yes. I realize I have a lot of passion for Korean. BUT! Having passion for something doesn’t mean that you can’t be interested in anything else. You choose your own path and develop your own interests. Don’t ever let other people tell you what you should do or where your interests should lie!!!

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    8 March, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    It’s funny! I have a passion for language / culture in general, not for Korean, but I can really identify with what you say. I hope you will go down the path of following your passion. It will develop and combine with other things, so where you end up in the end will be a surprise.

    I think spending TIME and EFFORT actually grows the passion for something. I am not sure if you are able to relate to this, but as a young father, I realize that even if my kids are A LOT of work and mean it’s difficult to go out at night, I simply don’t feel close to them if I don’t spend the time and effort to care for them and play with them.

    This is also a great reason for doing volunteer work. Once you spend the time and involve yourself, you’re going to care more about the cause. If you help out cleaning a nature reserve, it’s not just the actual work you do. Choosing to spend time and effort on this cause (as apposed to doing something else) changes your value system.

    Hope I’m making sense talking about all things not Korean on this Korean blog 🙂

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      10 March, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I get what you mean (: It’s really about the time and effort spent. Most of the time we started out doing something just based on a whim or a random decision, but the passion and interest may grow after we spend more time doing it. Of course, there are some things that we try and then realize they are not what we are looking for.

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    9 March, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    I’m surprised no one has commented on this blog post yet! I know what you mean in your first sentence. I didn’t realize that I love learning Korean and everything about it until a year ago! I wish I realize this sooner because, I feel like I’m so old now hahaha.

    Haha I feel like you, I could just go on forever talking about Korean! Btw what does ORL mean?? I think history is very interesting also! I love reading about Korean history especially, it’s so interesting. But it sounds even better to read it in Korean ^^. I agree with your last statement, I think our interests change and we gain new ones over time! Let’s just keep working hard at what we love! 😀 Also was this post kinda directed towards that person that was talking about how you have no other interests besides Korean?

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      10 March, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      ORL and OTL is actually an emoticon! See if you can figure out where’s the legs and head 😛 hahaha this post was supposed to be centered on the theme of ‘knowing what you want’ but somehow I digressed! Actually there are a lot of people who believed that my sole interest in life is Korean, so it’s not directed at anyone in particular! ^^

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        11 March, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Ahh! i know OTL, I see it now haha :p
        ohh i think that happens a lot to everyone, we just tend to drift from the original idea! i see ^^ Great post again!!

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    9 March, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    I used to be interested in Spanish too! My mother thought I’d learn Spanish, but to her surprise, I’m learning Korean instead.

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      10 March, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      My interests are now in East Asian languages, but will love to pick up Spanish again… one day 😛

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    9 March, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Great moral 😉 Wise girl heh

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    11 March, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    I have been the person conducting interviews in the past. I once interviewed a guy who all he talked about was helicopters. Every question I asked he found a way to bring it back to helicopters. I couldn’t help but think, If I hire this guy he’s going to quit on me to go work with helicopters. Your interviewers may be looking at you thinking the same thing. ‘Wow, she loves Korean. She smart, fantastic, perfect, but she going to quit and go to Korea’ or ‘This isn’t a good fit, she needs to be closer to her passion”.
    When hiring someone you’re not just looking at aptitude to learn the job or being a good worker, but also being a long term employee (or sometimes a good fit).

    This is why I’m pro “you should work in Korea or a Korean field”. I wonder if you will be satisfied with anything else.
    Just my two cents. . .

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      11 March, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      hahaha yeah that’s true, I can also see it from this perspective ^^ I suppose that’s one of the downsides of having strong passion for something, it’s hard to see myself (or to be seen by others) in other fields.

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        14 March, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        So if you got the opportunity to work in a Korea/Korean based industry… what would you do?

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