Cruising through the streets of Seongnam, South Korea on her motorbike, 37-year-old Chey Young-ah works one of the country’s most promising coronavirus-era jobs — as a food delivery driver.
With the health crisis keeping millions at home, orders have shot up by some 40% this year in South Korea.
It’s the third-largest food delivery market in the world and the demand for drivers has never been higher.
Chey was an art teacher by day, but struggled to make ends meet after the health crisis forced her to shut down her classes.
So she’s traded in her paintbrush for a helmet, joining thousands of new drivers taking advantage of the delivery market boom.
“I was under pressure to find something new. Some people are struggling while others are expanding their businesses; fried chicken shops are booming, for example. I feel lucky I found this field at a time when deliveries are