September 2015 The Daegu Compass

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pital. Even though there are sick days in your contract, you aren’t expected to actually use them. None of your Korean co-workers will and they’ll never miss a day of work unless they’re on their deathbeds. If you call in sick, it’s these Korean co-workers who have to pick up the slack, which will not lead to great relationships upon your return.

About Jackie Bolen Jackie Bolen has been living in Korea and working at universities for the past 10 years. For even more tips related to making your life in South Korea as amazing as possible, check out her book on Amazon: How to Thrive in South Korea: 97 Tips from Expats. You can see all her projects at

Fly Under the Radar The best piece of advice I could give you for making your work life awesome in Korea is to fly under the radar at all times. I mean that your goal should be to have no negative interaction with anyone at work, ever. Forget about complaining to your workplace about your broken washing machine--just take care of it yourself. Don’t worry about the last minute stuff that gets thrown at you--just roll with the punches. Have a difficult student? Deal with them yourself and don’t involve the people you work with. Can’t get along with a coworker? Just avoid them and don’t complain to your boss or other co-workers. Only positive! Remembering the phrase, “Serenity now” when things get tough will go a long way as well.


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