There is no doubt my best travel experience was when I set up a stall promoting the Korean alphabet known as Hangeul in Guanajuato, Mexico at the Pipila. I attracted an audience by holding a small card written in Spanish "Coreano Nombres en Spanish 10pesos' and wrote their Spanish name in Korean on my humble notepaper with my basic Spanish language ability at that time. And you know what? I sold this to 20 people within 30 minutes and one Mexican guy even had his brother's name tattooed in Korean on his right arm after I wrote it for him. I heard this from him after I left Mexico with some photos, which is the most heartwarming memory of my life.
She also runs her Youtube Channel called Claire_cosmopolitan to empower Korean young professionals with her authentic content like Working Overseas Tips and stories of her personal experiences.
What is your favorite travel memory?
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I find myself more energetic, motivated and confident since I join CRCC Asia. I used to doubt whether I was doing well in terms of my career and even questioned if there would be a real dream job for me in the world, just like every other university student in the world! I, however, found a passion for global education at CRCC Asia, where my job aligns perfectly with my life values.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
This summer was my first year as a Seoul General Manager, so I haven't heard much from our students yet as in their career success stories, but one of the students I remember wanted to do an internship in a specific company but couldn't really get connected with them individually. I bridged both parties by meeting the CEO in Korea and eventually she ended up working for this company! Moreover, her internship was mutually extended due to her amazing work after two months and when CEO sent us a thank you letter with an amazing gift to our Seoul and Philly office, I was thrilled and fully motivated by my work in CRCC Asia.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I would choose the Manchester program. First off, for Asian people, western countries are still very different and interesting culturally. Secondly, our Manchester team organize very unique events for students like a tour to BBC’s regional headquarters and Manchester United Stadium Tour, which makes me very excited because I am a huge soccer lover.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Definitely, I would say genuine colleagues. We call it in Korean slang 'Jinguk', which stands for deep soup like when you boil broth, it gets deeper as you boil, so it means deep and authentic person.
I am very proud of my team because they truly enjoy and love what they are doing. I know it sounds a bit cliché, but I believe this can be possible because they are confident with our all programs. This is because many of our colleagues have experience as a program manager in our 9 program cities - the company always encourages this kind of global initiative to employees, which I really appreciate.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Understanding students' (customers’) perspectives thoroughly is the biggest factor for a successful company.
Our CEOs set up the company when they were in China because they wished they could have experienced China when they were younger. Now we operate the programs for students by putting ourselves in students' shoes and understanding their aspiration to Asia, which will eventually leverage their career development into a sector where they want to pursue.
In short, CRCC Asia always prioritizes the student over anything because we totally understand them.