SK Group pledges to focus on non-Seoul university students

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SK Group pledges to focus on non-Seoul university students

SK Group said yesterday that more than 30 percent of its new recruits for this year will be students who graduated from schools outside of Seoul.

This year, the conglomerate is aiming to hire 7,500 new employees of which 4,300 will be fresh out of college. Therefore, 1,290 will be students who went to school in provincial areas. The group accepted job applicants last week, and it will announce the first cut on April 12. It will hold a written exam in late April. Those who are accepted will start work in July.

The conglomerate has been increasing recruitment of those who attended schools outside of Seoul in recent years. In 2010, those who graduated from schools in the provinces accounted for 31 percent of all employees.

The following year, the figure stood at 29 percent. Last year, it increased to 34 percent. The company stressed that it is looking for young people who have strong leadership and can accept challenges. Instead of looking at applicants’ GPAs or language test scores, they will examine other skills and characteristics via problem-solving tests. The company said bonus points will be given for participation in idea competitions, start-ups or nonprofit organizations.

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