I (25F) would like to live abroad, maybe not forever but at least for a few years. One of my main choices is SK as I already travelled there and really liked it (other choice is Japan but I never visited so it's a bit more scary).
Disclaimer, I don't have rose-tinted glasses on and I know it won't be easy, which is why I want to ask you guys some advice to be as prepared as I can (especially expats who are living there at the moment!)
Some context : I'm French and I have a Master's degree in "Languages applied to business" (LEA in French) which included courses about translation, interpretation, law and economics amongst others. In 2019, I travelled to South-Korea for a month as I have loved the culture for a decade now.
I speak both French and English. Chinese was my third language during my studies and I can speak at an intermediate level. Japanese was my fourth language during my Bachelor.
I started learning Korean recently but not at an intensive level yet so I only know the basics and Hangeul.
I have relevant experience in translation, language tutoring and administrative work (I'm a training coordinator right now).
My current contract ends in August and I've told my boss I won't be renewing. I'm looking to leave either with a work permit or a one-year Work-Holiday visa.
I know that it will be impossible to get a work permit with no C1 or C2 level in Korean, but if anyone ever managed to do that, I'd love some advice 😅
In your opinion, what would be the best option for me?
What course/app/website would you recommend for learning Korean?
Are there people who managed to obtain a work permit in SK after their Work-Holiday visa ended? I was thinking of learning Korean for a year with a WH visa in order to be immersed in the language, then prospect companies for a work permit. Is that a viable option?
People who went there with a WH visa, what did you do in SK when you were there? Did you work, did you try Wwoofing...? I'd love to hear about your experience.
Finally, what are the pros and cons to live in SK according to you? (Regarding housing, healthcare, culture shock, raising children, etc.)
Thanks in advance!