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Scientist fails to grab sweeper’s job in Korea amid economic downturn 經濟衰退 南韓科學家應徵清道夫落選

A sweeper cleans outside the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai, India, on Sept. 30, 2008.
去年九月三十日,印度孟買一名清道夫在孟買證券交易所外掃街。
照片:歐新社

PHOTO: EPA

A jobless scientist in South Korea with a doctorate in physics applied for a street sweeper’s job but failed the physical test, local officials said last Tuesday.

The 36-year-old was among 63 applicants — 11 of them university graduates — for five openings in Seoul. But brawn overcame brains as far as the scientist was concerned.

Applicants had to carry two sandbags each weighing 20kg over their shoulders to simulate stacking garbage bags, before dashing back and forth over 25 meters with another sandbag on their shoulder.

The scientist, identified only as Kim, was three seconds too slow in the dash, Chung Young-Ik, an official in charge, told AFP.

“I carded in poor results,” a dejected Kim told journalists.

The district office said an average 12.6 people vied for each sweeper’s job this year compared to eight last year.

The 33 million won (NT$807,000) average starting salary for a sweeper is more than fresh graduates earn in large businesses, Chung said. The job is also very secure, allowing people to work until they turn 60.

(AFP)

南韓官員上週二表示,一名擁有物理學博士學位的失業科學家跑去應徵清道夫的工作,卻未能通過體能測驗。

首爾市招考五名清道夫,有六十三人前來應徵,其中包括這名三十六歲的失業科學家及十一名大學畢業生。但就這名科學家來說,體力比腦力更重要。

應徵者得搬運兩個各二十公斤重的沙包模擬堆放垃圾袋後,再扛一個沙包折返跑二十五公尺。

主管官員張榮益(音譯)向法新社表示,這名姓金的科學家在折返跑項目中比規定時間慢了三秒。

心情低落的金向記者表示:「我成績不理想,未能錄取。」

地區官員表示,相較於去年的八人,今年則是平均每十二點六人爭取一個清道夫的職缺。

張榮益說,清道夫的平均年薪三千三百萬韓元(新台幣八十萬七千元)起跳,比在大企業工作的大學畢業新鮮人還高。這個工作也是個鐵飯碗,可以一直做到六十歲才退休。

(法新社�翻譯:林倩如)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. physical adj.

身體的 (shen1 ti3 de5)

例: Marvin quit his job as a mail carrier because he hates physical work.

(馬文討厭勞動的工作,因此辭去了郵差一職。)

2. applicant n.

申請人 (shen1 qing3 ren2),應徵者 (ying4 zheng1 zhe3)

例: The quality of the applicants is better than last year.

(今年應徵者的素質比去年好。)

3. dejected adj.

情緒低落的 (qing2 xu4 di1 luo4 de5)

例: The players were dejected after the defeat.

(輸掉比賽後,選手們士氣低落。)

4. secure adj.

穩當的 (wen3 dang4 de5)

例: Lee is still trying to find a secure job.

(李還在找一份穩定的工作。)


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