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Information Type Asia/Pacific | Korea
Date Updated 2015-11-17
Subject Hyundai Motors: A Dream Compass

Hyundai Motors: A Dream Compass

<2015 Finding Three Leaf Clovers – Dream Concert>

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There is a famous saying for young people: “A dream is not about speed; it’s about direction.” Indeed, finding a vocation is essential and tricky at the same time, which is why pacemakers are needed for the young generation. Hyundai Motors has been supporting college students and those who lost their parents in traffic accidents through the project. Recently, Hyundai Motors held the to encourage and motivate young people. At the <2015 Dream Concert>, experts in various fields, college students (mentors), and teenagers (mentees) got together and shared their passion.

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* <2015 Dream Concert> for ‘Finding Three Leaf Clovers’ Project
On October 24, college students (mentors) and teenagers (mentees) gathered at the <2015 Dream Concert>. As the members have got to know each other and developed friendships and camaraderie since the opening ceremony, warm greetings and affectionate hugs were exchanged. The participants looked upbeat and excited and expectations were high.

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At the <2015 Dream Concert>, staff members and executives of Hyundai Motors (mentoring trainers) and experts in various fields (mentors) met the members of the program. To offer the most efficient and effective ways to support young people, the company has long been taking heed of what the mentors and mentees say. With an understanding of the importance of effective and clear career mentoring, Hyundai Motors organized and held this event.

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* Deliver Band’s Opening Concert: Empathy and Inspiration
“Hello, everyone!” The first itinerary of the concert was Deliver Band’s opening performance. As the vocalist Lee Jeong-Gyu stood on the stage, the members enthusiastically welcomed the artists with warm applause. The band sang a series of inspirational Korean songs including ‘A Goose’s Dream’ and ‘You are not alone’. This young artists’ passion seemed to resonate with the young audience.

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In addition, the band communicated with the participants during their performance and tried to give advice. One participant, mentee Youn Dong-Hyuk, sought advice and asked the artists questions. When he confidently said that his dream is to be a model, the audience gave a warm round of applause. As time went by, both the band members and participants became more excited and truly engaged in the event.

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Before the career mentoring began, participants gathered for lunch, where the sounds of laughter and lively chatter could be heard. The members told some funny stories, and talked about hardships and breakthroughs they had experienced. They also seemed to have high expectations about the mentoring program and looked forward to meeting their mentors. With the warm, affectionate mood in the air, lunch time ended.

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* Experts’ Career Mentoring: Advice based on experience
The career mentoring program began. A total of 14 experts -including broadcasting writer Kim Bu-Yeon, sand artist Park Seon-Gyung and chef Han Young-mi- joined the event. Moreover, the staff and executives at the Sales & Planning divisionand Human Resources Development Division of Hyundai Motors were there, too, in order to encourage teenagers to pursue their dreams. They were all ready to give quality advice to the young dream-seekers. Both the ‘Finding Three Leaf Clovers’ members and mentors looked very excited.

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“At the Human Resources Development Division, we conduct training and decide whom to place where.” said Song Seon-Il, the mentoring trainer and an officer of Hyundai Motors. He gave detailed information on the role of HR department. The mentees, who got to clearly learn about what they did not know before, looked satisfied and serious. In the present economic circumstances, finding a job is a matter of great concern for not only college students but also teenagers. When the topics‘career path’ and ‘job seeking’were discussed, a lot of the participants talked about their worries and difficulties. “Do not try to fit your dream into somebody’s expectations. Just focus on your potential, which is next to limitless.” The mentors, who experienced such anxieties and nervousness themselves, gave advice that were based on real experiences.

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Meanwhile, the staff members at Sales & Planning Division and teenager mentees engaged in fruitful conversations and discussions. To begin with, Lee Byung-Gil, a mentoring trainer and a member of Planning Division, asked the young participants about their likes and dislikes. When Lee told recounted how he had experienced difficulties finding his vocation, the mentors and mentees could readily empathize and were encouraged to talk more openly and frankly. The members also learned about the role of Planning Division at Hyundai Motors. “I was impressed by the passion and diligence of the young generation. What’s quite surprising was that they had a clear goal in their life.” said Jeong Jong-Min, a mentoring trainer and an officer at the Sales Division. “I’m glad that I could help these enthusiastic young people” Jeong said with a bright smile.

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At the ‘Broadcasting Career Mentoring’ group, where teenagers interested in broadcasting, writing and media gathered, writer Kim Bu-Yeon gave a talk about areas of work where writers can find jobs and how to get one’s career started. The college students and teenagers had lots of questions. Kim Gi-Young, who is very interested in media and broadcasting, asked “How do broadcasting writers develop their own ideas?” The mentoring trainer shared his know-how on how to brainstorm for ideas. The participants were able to learn in detail about the life of writers including their daily schedules, incomes, and schedule management.

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Would-be-teachers shared a room with mentor Choi Gwan-Ha who is a poet, lyric writer, columnist, and mentor to teenagers. The members of ‘Finding Three Leaf Clovers’ shared their personal stories as well as asking many questions about finding jobs. Choi also shared his experiences of growing up and strived to give good advice to the young people. “After I become a teacher, if I have a mischievous student, how should I handle him/her?” asked mentee Lee Chan-Jin. Mr. Choi shared his story about a special student and the members listened intently.

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At the mentoring group for the ‘Police-wanna-be’, a series of questions, answers and sounds of laughter filled the room. Mentoring trainer Seo Ye-Il, who works at the Cyber Crime Investigation Department, joined this event to give some good advice to would-be-police officers. As it is not very easy to meet a person who works in such a special work environment, the members delivered their questions in a quite serious manner. They seemed really passionate and serious about the job. Seo tried to give answers to all the questions, some of which were quite tricky, very sincerely. When the session was about to end, the members wanted to extend it. Mentoring trainer Seo Ye-Il told them to contact him if they had any questions or if they wanted to visit a police station.

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Singer Gu Hyun-Mo from was mentoring at the Music Career Mentoring‘group. Gu began his session by showing videos of his appearances on TV. The members could learn a lot about trends in the music business and the career prospects of TV stars and singers. Gu said that while singers tend to have a freewheeling lifestyle, they do engage in numerous collaboration projects. Mentee Gang Hyun-Seok joined this event with Gu Tae-Hoon who was a mentee last year and joined this year’s event as a mentor. Gang is currently a midfielder at his school but is talented and quite interested in music. Let’s look forward to this talented young man’s next career move.

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“What are the three main characteristics or qualities that an interpreter needs to have?”This is where Park Hye-Gyung, a translator, interpreter and diplomat, is mentoring. Young members gathered to ask questions and get advice from Park who has translated and published more than 30 books. One of their questions was this: “A good interpreter must quickly adapt herself/himself to new circumstances and have a good memory, right?” Park seemed touched by the members’ passion and courage. In this session, the qualities and abilities that a good interpreter must have were mainly discussed. Mentee Sin Bong-Hyun, who has always admired interpreters and who appeared at summit talks broadcasted on TV, asked this question: “Comparing consecutive interpretation and simultaneous translation, which one is s more difficult?” Park replied that consecutive interpretation requires a very good memory. Thanks to the sincerity with which Park conducted this mentoring session, the members felt as if they had taken an important step closer to their dream job.

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“How do you overcome the disappointment of not getting a good result even when you tried your very best?” At the “Career Mentoring for Athletes” session, the answer was given by Kim Gui-Jong, a former national sports team member. Kim talked about some of the difficulties and successes he had experienced during the course of his long career. The session proved very useful to not only would-be-athletes but also to anyone pursuing his/her own dream. Every participants of is like a track-and-field athlete waiting for the starting gun. These passionate people made a firm resolution at this time to strive to realize their dreams.

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“Making a good meal for someone is helping him/her in a sincere manner.” When chef Han Young-Mi started her session with these memorable words, the audience gave her a big round of applause. At the ‘Mentoring Session for Would-be-Chefs’, everything about the work of chefs and food–including the definition of delicious meals and the attitude that a good chef must have- was dealt with. In our present society where chefs are as admired as idols, both mentors and mentees were eager to learn about this cool occupation. The mentoring trainer Han told her story and gave answers to questions. At the end of the session, they all promised to meet each other again in the future.

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At the ‘Medical Career Mentoring’ session, members discussed the topic of ‘landing a job overseas.’ The mentoring trainer was Ha Jeong-Min, a nurse at the department of neuropsychiatry of a university hospital. He shared stories about the difficulties and rewards of being a nurse. As being a nurse is the dream of many young people, there were more questions than in any other session. Kim Seong-Hun, a college student and a mentor for this event, asked about becoming a nurse officer. Ha explained about the government system, related procedures and case examples of his coworkers. Through the experience-based stories and clear information, the members were able to get a closer glimpse of their dream.

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“I’ve performed in front of big audiences many times, but this is one of the most exciting moments for me.” Park Seon-Gyung, a sand art artist, began her session with these words. The members who want to be an artisan, a cartoonist or an artist gathered with excited looks on their faces. Park herself underwent a long journey in order to find her dream and only became an accomplished artist in her 40s. Her story demonstrated how hard it can be to realize your dream. Indeed, enormous efforts are needed on the part of dream-seekers. After the mentoring session, a small show was given. A fantastic sand art piece on a small box was beautiful enough to absorb everyone’s attention. Park ended her session with these words: “Never give up on finding your own dream.”

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The career mentoring program, which consisted of 2 sessions, came to an end and the members said goodbye to each other. After this lively and fruitful time, all the participants looked satisfied, confident, and motivated. It was a very valuable time to deliberate on the meaning of <2015 Dream Concert>. Hyundai Motors will keep supporting both mentors and mentees so they can realize their dreams.

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Q) What should you do to find your dream?
A) A. Gu Tae-Hoon : I registered at a guitar academy. Once my guitar playing becomes good, I will start doing street performances. I will also learn about the story of the late singer Kim Gwang-Seok and think about life as a musician.

Q) We heard that Hyun-Seok belongs to a soccer club.
A) A. Gang Hyun-Seok : I am a defending midfielder at a school soccer club. I love both sports and music. I cannot choose only one. Through the project with Tae-Hoon, my dream has become clearer. It was real fun to learn about various experiences at .

Q) You joined this event as a mentee before. Now you’re a mentor. How’s it different?
A) A. Gu Tae-Hoon : I first thought that being a mentor might be tough. But I was wrong. Helping others has helped me learn a lot. As the old saying goes: ‘Half of teaching is learning.’ I am so glad that I was able to join this event and get motivated. I will keep working hard with Hyun-Seok to make our dreams come true.

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