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.
I HAVE DAMN A LOT OF PASSION FOR KOREAN
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!!!