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S. Korean college students creating new jobs for seniors Updated: 2021-05-03 06:57:22 KST

Chicken, carrots, and beet are laid out on the table for cooking.
What's different about this business is that it only hires women aged 60 or older many of them either already retired or have spent most of their lives taking care of their family at home.

"This small business founded by a college student creates jobs for women in their 60s and 70s by hiring them to make dog treats."

The CEO, a college senior, says growing up with her grandmother, she always had an interest in jobs for seniors.

"I have "zero" experience in cooking. But THEY have almost 50 years of cooking experience. So their amazing grocery shopping and cooking skills are really helpful in creating these products."

One of the workers in her 60s says she retired from work when she was 55 but was looking for a job to stay active after retirement.


"I'm sure there are a lot of jobs out there for seniors. There are some jobs that seniors can do as well as young people, when they're given the opportunity."

Another business run by college students helps elderly people who collect cardboard and other paper waste for a living by attaching advertisements onto their hand carts.
Through the ads, each person receives about 63 U.S. dollars a month.
This 80-year old man has been doing this for 5 years now.

"It's great that we get additional benefits from the ads. People from the places we get the cardboard from ask us about the products on the ad. So I guess this really works."

Since the business opened five years ago, a total of about 400 elderly people have benefited from this service, and currently 29 companies are advertising on the carts.
The students are also working on making the hand carts lighter and safer.

"The original hand carts weighed almost 80 kilograms, so we brought it down to 40 using different materials. We're now focusing on making them 'safer', like attaching reflective tape on the front so that it's safer at night."

Those aged 65 or older made up 16.6 percent of South Korea's population in 2021 an increase from about 11 percent ten years ago.
The OECD projects that by 2048, this figure will reach 37.4 percent making South Korea the "oldest" country in the OECD.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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