Korean Language Master's Degree
Thread poster: Silmarien

Silmarien
Romania
Mar 19

Hey, I do not know if this is the best topic, but I would like to ask you guys if you have any information on what kind of job can you expect if you have a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Korean. I am currently a translator of English - Romanian in Romania, being a Romanian native. If I would go to South Korea, what kind of job could I expect in this line of work? I imagine I could not be a proofreader of either English or Korean, obviously not being a Korean native, but are there any other options or I would need to know a few more languages to be able to remain in this translation field of work? I know the question is silly, but I would appreciate any information you might have on this. Thank you in advance.

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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 18:51
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Too limiting Mar 21

An MA in Korea would limit you to working in Korea/with Korean whereas an advanced degree in a broader field would open the rest of the world to you - including Korea. I'm not saying don't learn Korean, but don't bother getting a degree in it. If you need a piece of paper to show your proficiency, there are national exams (TOPIK) that do the job just as well.

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Silmarien
Romania
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Korean Language Master's Degree Mar 21

Hey, thanks a lot for your time and your reply. I intend to take the topik exam anyway, but I was wondering if I could use the master's degree since I'd rather prefer staying in this field of work. Thank you again

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Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
Local time: 02:51
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Chinese to English
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Language Mar 21

Kuochoe Nikoi wrote:

An MA in Korea would limit you to working in Korea/with Korean whereas an advanced degree in a broader field would open the rest of the world to you - including Korea. I'm not saying don't learn Korean, but don't bother getting a degree in it. If you need a piece of paper to show your proficiency, there are national exams (TOPIK) that do the job just as well.

I should point out that language degrees are more than about the language, they're also about learning the culture and how the language works within it, and often require a period of overseas study in the target country. It most certainly means more than just a language proficiency exam.


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