These days, more and more young people want to quit their jobs and learn technology.

The atmosphere in which the value of physical labor is being re-evaluated is also having an impact, and reporter Kim Seung-pil interviewed young people who jumped into the field of so-called 'hand labor'.


A new apartment complex in Jincheon, Chungcheongbuk-do.

The engineer who works on the anti-mold and condensation paint is Park Geon, 32 years old.

[Park Gun (32)/Paint Technician: Wearing the best gas mask.

Even if you wear a gas mask properly, fine dust somehow gets in.]

It's a tough job to do in the dust for 2-3 hours wearing a gas mask, but he says he likes it.

[Park Geon (32)/Paint Technician: It's already been 5 years, so I'm personally really satisfied and happy with my work because I'm personally really satisfied with my work as much as I work hard.]

After majoring in hotel management in graduate school Lee Hak-tae, 32, who worked as an office worker in the tourism industry.

[Lee Hak-tae (32) / Carpenter: I took a break from work for a while.

Thinking about what I can eat and what I can do for a living later, let's learn a skill.]

Hak-tae's chosen job is to go to work with carpentry and equipment.

Both the site manager and team members are in their 20s and 30s.

The work day starts at 8:00 in the morning and ends at 5:00 in the afternoon.

[Lee Hak-tae (32) / Carpenter: Physically, of course, it is hard work.

Still, looking at the results like this now, it's one of the jobs where I feel such a sense of accomplishment, so I'm very satisfied with that part.]

You can easily find young people of the MZ generation at vocational training academies that train construction engineers.

[Tile Vocational Academy Instructor: This job is easy to say in the old days, 'no go', 'no go', but it's not 'no go'.

It's technology.

It is

said that the value of 'hand labor', which cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence or robots, will increase.

[Im Woon-taek/Professor of Sociology, Keimyung University: In the case of manual labor, if the level of perfection of the skill level increases, it is more sustainable than digital jobs.]

A woman who quit her job and changed her job to 'home repair'.

[Heo So-jin (34)/'House repair' trainee: Even sitting at a clean desk, you can have a hard time, but now I don't have to go through that kind of hard work, and now my body is suffering and I can earn as much as I do comfortably, so that's part It seems that everything is compensated for.]

(Video coverage: Joo Yong-jin)