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Seoul city opens its first career support cafe

According to Yonhap News,

(SEOUL=Yonhap News) The Seoul city government opened its first career support cafe at a bustling university neighborhood on Monday as young people scramble to secure good positions in a very tough job market.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it equipped the cafe, located near Hongik University in western Seoul, with seminar rooms, books and media boards that provide a wide range of information for those seeking employment.

"The new cafe is just like any other cafe, except for the fact that it has information job seekers need," said Choi Seon-hye, a city official. "Visitors can just have a cup of tea or receive counseling if they want."

At the cafe, visitors can directly check out the information provided by the country's top five job-search portals and three major career support centers, according to the metropolitan government. It also plans to hold regular mentoring and lecture sessions.

The city government said it aims to expand the number of similar cafes to 50 across the city by the end of this year and to 300 by 2020.

The unemployment rate for young people aged between 15 and 29 reached 10.9 percent last month, slightly down from 11.8 percent in March.

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Source: Yonhap News (May 30, 2016)
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