Master of Public Administration (MPA)

When I majored in Pharmacy at the university, I recognized that many patients were poor or did not have reliable families. I realized “It is more important to prevent disease with ‘social safety net’ than to cure people with ‘medicine’.” Thus, I became a public official who could help the vulnerable with social safety net. To follow up on my resolution, I passed the Higher Civil Service Examination one year after I graduated from university and gained the certificate of pharmacist from the ministry of Welfare and Health. Even though I majored in ‘Pharmacy’ when I was an undergraduate student, I again studied ‘Law’ in college using my spare time while working as a public official. It has been 10 years since I started to serve my country as a mid-level official at the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL). Moreover, I worked for the Assistant Secretary to the President for Employment and Labor at Cheong-Wa-Dae for one year, from 2012 to 2013. I participated in publishing “A White Paper on Employment and Labor of Korean Government (2008-2012)”. Also, I administered many committees including professors, experts, other stakeholders to discuss how to coordinate policies. I planned, implemented, and evaluated “Plans for Innovation Public Employment Center” in 2018, 2019.

Education

Bachelor, Korea National Open University, 2013, Laws
Bachelor, Seoul National University, 2007, Science in Pharmacy

I majored in Pharmacy at the university from 2001 to 2007. Those days, I recognized that many patients were poor or did not have reliable families.That taught me a lesson: “It is more important to prevent disease with ‘social safety net’ than to cure people with ‘medicine’.” Thus, I became a public official who could help the vulnerable with social safety net. Even though I majored in ‘Pharmacy’ when I was an undergraduate student, I again studied ‘Law’ in college using my spare time while working as a public official from 2011 to 2013. It has been 10 years since I started to serve my country as a mid-level official at the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL). Also, I majored in Master of Public Administration at Seoul National University (SNU) from 2019 for 1 year sposered by Korean Government Fellowship. That program includes 1 year study at SNU and another 1 year at UGA.

More About

Career Goals:
When I majored in Pharmacy at the university, I recognized that many patients were poor or did not have reliable families. Also, many of them were struggling from serious problems – family violence, addiction, low-income. Besides, even if someone cured with medicine once, he or she is to be susceptible to a disease again. That taught me a lesson: “It is more important to prevent disease with ‘social safety net’ than to cure people with ‘medicine’.” Thus, I became a public official who could help the vulnerable with social safety net. I will give a great contribution to make the system how to determine the policies on Labor market especially of minimum wage rates based on analysis of impact on labor market and workers. Also, I would like to develop the unemployment policies as a social safety net with knowledge acquired in University of Georgia.

Relevant Work Experience:
Deputy Director, Employment Services Policy Division, Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL), Korea Deputy Director, Employment Insurance Planning Division, MOEL, Korea Deputy Director, Labor Standards Policy Division, MOEL, Korea Deputy Director, The Secretarial office to the President for Employment and Labor, The Office of President (Cheong-wa-dae), Korea

Of Note

Korean Government Long-Term Fellowship Program for Domestic and Overseas Study (Aug 2019 – Jul 2021)
Awarded honors at Korea National Open University (Aug 2013)
Citation for supporting the office of the president from Presidential Blue House (Cheong-wa-dae) (Dec 2012)
Scholarship recipient for four semesters at Korea National Open University (Mar 2011 – Aug 2013)

Research Interests

I would like to study on analysis skills of labor market and collaborative policy making between central government, local governments, and private sectors in depth. Especially, Professor Eric S. Zeemering research on intergovernmental relations inspired me the most. One of his work discussed how interlocal contracting is like for municipal service delivery, which I have a plenty of professional experiences. On top of it, with my empirical experience of improving Public Employment Service (PES), I am sure I could extend the understanding on intergovernmental relations. I am also interested in public sector reforms and analysis for international development.