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Skip College Is Top Advice for World-Beating Koreans: Jobs

Kim Hye Min boasts a 4.0 grade-point average at one of South Korea’s top colleges, a perfect score in English proficiency and internships at Samsung Card Co. and AT Kearney Inc. All of her 20 job applications were rejected.

“A degree from a good university used to guarantee a spot at least at a top 10 company, but that was when a college degree actually meant something,” Kim, 25, said on Aug. 28, as she walked to a Chinese lesson she’s taking to boost her chance of joining one of the nation’s most prestigious employers. “I studied hard and did everything right, but there are too many of us who did.”