We're seeing lots of part-timers in shows like The Package and Revolutionary Love. Experts say more twenty-something Koreans are working part-time jobs these days. Full-time employment has gotten very competitive in South Korea, which is a piece of reality K-dramas have picked up. Korean employment website Albamon surveyed 2,623 part-timers on how their jobs are in real life compared to how they are portrayed in dramas, according to Veritas α, and here's what they have to say.

1. Who’s the most relatable part-timer character from a recent drama?

39.3% of the surveyed picked Yoon Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri) of Age of Youth, who juggled several part time jobs to cover college tuition and living expenses while applying for full-time jobs.

2. Which drama character do you envy or wish to emulate?

The most admirable character turned out to be Choi Kang Soo (Go Kyung Pyo) of Strongest Deliveryman (25.8%). Through hard work, delivery man Choi Kang Soo becomes an entrepreneur by the end of the show. People also wanted to emulate Yoon So So (Lee Yeon Hee) of The Package (20.2%), who starts as part-timer and becomes a full time tour guide, leading a group of tourists in France. Baek Joon (Kang So Ra) of Revolutionary Love (19.1%) took the last place. She’s a strong woman who refuses to be salaried, though she’s had competitive education and work experiences.

3. Which onscreen part timer do you want to work with?

28.4% of the surveyed picked the reliable Baek Joon (Kang So Ra) of Revolutionary Love, who’s superb at anything she does.

4. What are the differences between K-drama and real-life part time jobs?

Business owners who are good-looking, understanding, young, and cool were the most unrealistic K-drama setup (18.8%), followed by a coworker who turns out to be rich AF (15.2%), a coworker who says whatever’s on their mind and gets away with it (13.0%), a love triangle between part timers (12.8%), and a respectable benefactor who turns a poor twenty-something’s life upside down (12.5%).

The surveyed also mentioned super flexible break time (11.4%), a talented part timer who does everything perfectly (9.1%), good looking coworkers (3.0%), and a part timer who carries a designer bag to work (2.7%).


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