Even the Best Cannot Find JobsLee Il Chong was selected as a participant to the International Vocational Training Competion (Technology Olympics): however, he has had no such luck finding work in his field. KIA Motors, which was taken over by Hyundai, originally intended to hire him, but canceled most of its hiring due to financial problems and restructuring.
Like Mr. Lee, many young technicians, considered the very best in their fields, are finding it difficult to land jobs due to the lingering economic recession.
One third of the participants at the Technology Olympics who were hired by companies just after their selection are now unemployed.
It is the first time in more than 20 years that the majority of participants at science and technology's premier event could not find jobs.
Companies now under restructuring cannot afford to help the participants in the Technology Olympics, which, this year, will be held in Montreal in November. It will be extremely unlikely that Korea's team can win its 11th victory at the competition.
Technology experts unanimously agree that support is urgently needed for the nation's technicians and engineers in order for the manufacturing industry's survival, let alone growth.
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