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Thursday, April 24, 2014

70% Korean college seniors say lack of English is biggest obstacle for employment


'Students lack English proficiency'

Seventy percent of college seniors said that a lack of English proficiency is the biggest obstacle to landing a job, a survey showed Wednesday.
YBM, a Seoul-based English-language institute, conducted a survey among 300 college seniors for seven days from April. 15.

The survey found that 70 percent of the respondents showed low confidence in their English ability.

Of them, 65 percent said they are mostly focused on attaining high TOEIC scores and doing well in a job interview in English.

Twenty-five percent said that the low TOEIC scores and weak performances at interviews in English are the crucial reasons for failing to get a job.

The average period of studying English for job searching is 3.7 months, the survey showed.

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