Life After Korea: The job hunt

So it’s been a solid 90 days since we packed up and left Seoul in our rearview mirror. The first month was honestly dedicated to relaxing and seeing friends and family, and making sure my husband is acclimating well.

Now that the holidays are over and all the overwhelming feelings of being busy are gone it’s time to focus on the year and make some money.

I have been plucking away at job applications since I got home but nothing has panned out and I thought, “well maybe it’s for the best.”

But now I’m starting to get worried…

Within the past 3 months, I have applied to the very obvious teaching positions and paraprofessional positions in the school districts around me. I have also applied to companies my friends are working for as well. I always manage to get an interview but nothing has solidified yet.

It wasn’t until I met up with one of my girlfriend that used to be a teacher here in Dallas that this problem isn’t exclusive only to me.

We sat at lunch and talked about how difficult it truly is to find a decent job after teaching.

She told me, “It’s like my teaching experience didn’t matter and it was like I didn’t have a real degree. They were kind of like oh that’s cute but what kind of skills can you really offer us.”

Luckily she said that she found a job she likes but it took her a while to actually find a company that was willing to give her the time of day.

When I was driving home from lunch with her my panic ensued. 
Thoughts were attacking my brain from every angle.
It was like I was planning my own demise.
Help.

The job search still continues as I write this blog post.
This past week I put myself on a couple of websites to see if I could get any leads or interviews.
I went on an interview and it honestly wasn’t for me
and clearly, I wasn’t for them.

 As time is passing I’m feeling dejected. a tad deflated. 

But I know it will happen.
It’s this weird calmness knowing that some way or somehow it’ll happen.

My husband and I did save a lot of money before leaving Korea to provide us with this 3-month cushion sans jobs. 

Have you moved home from being abroad and felt frustrated by not finding a job? Or maybe felt like you were being looked down on because you have been teaching overseas?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Jobless Julie

 

Cafe Gals visit Mint Hiem in Hongdae!

Thoughts 

Mint Heim is located on the back streets between Hongdae and Hapjeong. It’s actually super easy to miss!  Cheyenne and I attempted to go to Mint Heim a couple of times and each time we easily passed it even with our Naver map on! Best way to find Mint Heim is to always look up or just for an adorable mint colored building! 

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices/Menu

 

 

Wifi:
No

Pet-Friendly:
No

Atmosphere:
Busy! Definitely a tourist hot spot! A lot of people are always coming and going!

Seating:
Limited! Not a big space but hopefully you can find a table!

Instagram Worthy:
Absolutely!! It’s so adorable inside and out!

Thoughts:
Mint Heim is definitely a cafe to visit! Especially if are a fan of mint and chocolate. Their cakes are fabulously decorated and everything in the cafe is aesthetically pleasing. It’s a great place to take selfies and take a break from the Hongdae hustle and bustle! So the Cafe Gals ENCOURAGE you to try Mint Heim for yourself!

🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 

4/5

Address:


366-28 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
🌟 Use Naver maps for this one! It can be tricky!

Open

EVERY DAY 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Phone Number

02-324-1359

 📷Their Instagram

Mint Heim📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Julie & Cheyenne 

Cafe Gals visit Cafe De One Piece in Hongdae

 🔥The Break Down🔥


Price range: 

4,500 ~ 16,000 KRW

Menu:

Pet Friendly: 

No 

Seating: 

Indoor and outdoor seating available!

It’s 2 stories tall! 

Wifi: 

Free!

Atmosphere: 

Friendly and fun vibes! 

Great for people of all ages to enjoy!

Instagram Worthy: 

Absolutely! Especially for the One Piece lover!


Final Thoughts:

The Cafe De One Piece is a really cute cafe for anime lovers! Kyu and I both have watched the anime and really enjoy this cafe. Especially with all the figurines and amazing gift shop on the first floor. The ambiance itself is worth the trip! So if you are a lover of One Piece or have a friend/relative that loves One Piece I would definitely recommend coming here! 


🚨Kyu and I give this cafe🚨

☕☕☕/5

Address:


343-10 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
🌟Go to Exit 9 and walk towards Hongik University!

Hours:

Everyday 10AM-10PM

Phone:

02-6373-3106

xoxo

Kyu && Julie

Cafe Gals visit DB Story Hongdae!

DB Story Cafe is less of a cafe and more of a fun craft place. You can however, get basic drinks like coffee, tea, cherry cola, etc. They have phone cases, charms, straps, and a ton more! It’s a good place to come with friends and exercise your creativity. 

They have a store in Hongdae and Dongdaemun and online store. Check their Instagram for the website!

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

Phone Case- ₩1,000-8,000

Accessories- ₩500-₩15,000

Drinks

Menu:

English and Korean

Wifi: 

Yes 

Pet Friendly:

No

Atmosphere: 

Cool, everyone was having fun!

Seating: 

about 20 seats

Instagram Worthy:

yes! a lot of cool things and your phone case will look cute!

Thoughts:

This is a super fun place to come to with your friends. They have so many amazing accessories and things to make your perfect phone case. I had a hard time with my long nails but if you’re a normal person with normal nails you shouldn’t have a problem! They supply you with tweezers and super glue to help with adding everything. You can bring a friend or many, they have seating that accommodates both. It was so much picking everything and making the phone case. We recommend coming here, maybe not for the drinks, but to let your creative juices flow!   

🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨

☕.5/5

💕

Address:

서울 마포구 서교동 345-7 2층
Seoul. Mapo-gu Seokyo-dong 345-7 2F

Open

Everyday except holidays

12:00-9:00


Phone Number

 070 4202 0649

  📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals

 

Cafe Gals visit Ferry Roaster Noksapyeong

Ferry Roasters is small, hidden cafe behind the main street of Kyungridan. Be prepared for a small trek! This boat themed cafe specializes in donut topped coffee and delicious mini donuts.  If you’re not into mini donuts, don’t worry~ they have large ones too! You can enjoy your coffee and donuts inside or out or even on their spacious rooftop! 

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

Drinks: ₩4.0-₩7.2

Donuts: ₩6.5-₩7.5

Menu:

Names in English and descriptions in Korean

Wifi: 

Yes ma’am

Pet Friendly:

YES!

Atmosphere: 

Inside: close seating but comfy

Outside: fresh air and mountain views

Seating: 

  limited inside and out and a lot of space on the rooftop

Instagram Worthy:

yes! the theme is cute and there are great views from the roof!

Thoughts:

We really liked this cafe’s ambiance but the seating was really limited and there were only two tables on the rooftop. However, the view and fresh air was really nice. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the drinks and donuts. The donuts were amazing, they were the best part of our trip. If you love donuts we really recommend coming here! 

🚨Julie and I gave this cafe🚨 

☕☕☕.5/5

💕

Address:

서울,용산구이태원동 225-22

Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong 225-22

🌟 go out from Noksapyong exit 2 and walk forever

Open

12:00-10:00

Days off Monday

Phone Number

02.6015.2022

 📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals

Cafe Gals visit Bistopping Sinsa!

Bistopping is a small ice cream shop in between Sinsa and Nonhyeon Station. It’s definitely in an area that you need to map out! If you know how to use Naver maps then you’ll definitely be in good hands! 

Bistopping has attracted a wide variety of clients. When we went there were lots of Japanese people and a few Koreans. They have definitely amped up their business via instagram. 

The system of ordering is pretty fun because you can choose your cone, type of ice cream, and your toppings! In their case you can choose chocolate stars, mermaid tails, chocolate pearls and other assorted goodies! 

When we went in Cheyenne customized hers but I showed the clerk an instagram picture and said, “This one pleaaaase!” They are super nice helpful here! This is absolutely a great place to come!

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 

5,000 +

[[Depending on how fancy you want to get]]

Menu:

Available in Korean, English, Chinese, & Japnese

Wifi: 

Absolutely! Bottom of your receipt! 

Pet Friendly:

No

Atmosphere: 

Very cute! The inside of ice cream shop is small and adorable!

Seating: 

Inside seats about 30

Outside about 8 

Instagram Worthy:

Of course! You can take a picture with their signature wall or the bubble gum pink walls! 

Thoughts:
Honestly I love coming to Bistopping because it’s fresh and delicious! It’s perfect on hot summer days or even lazy Sundays! Bistopping is great for casual meeting with friends or a family hang out! You should definitely come and check it out! You’ll be glad you came!
🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 

☕☕☕☕☕/5

💕Address:

Seoul, Seocho-gu, Jamwon-dong, Sinbanpo-ro 47-gil, 68

🌟Sinsa Exit 3 go straight and cross at Kia Motors 

Open

Everyday from 11AM – 10PM


Phone Number

070-7792-0409

 📷Their Instagram📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Cafe Gals