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The best job in the world

May 11, 2009
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One week ago, while I was googleing to find an article to show it to you, I came across this website www.islandreefjob.com that I found interesting: “The best job in the world”. Yesterday, the 6th of May, it was said who was the winner of  this enviable job and this is the article that talks about it. At the end, you’ll find a few questions to comment. Don’t miss watching the finalists video applications that you can find here

Article from:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/may/06/briton-wins-best-job-australia

Briton lands ‘world’s best job’ as caretaker of Australian island

Ben Southall beats almost 35,000 applicants from around world to land six-month contract on Great Barrier Reef island.

A British charity worker today landed what has been described as the “best job in the world” when he was awarded a A$150,000 (£73,000) contract to serve as the caretaker of a tropical Australian island.

Ben Southall, 34, staved off competition from almost 35,000 worldwide applicants to secure the post. He now has the chance to swim, explore and relax on Hamilton island, in the Great Barrier Reef, for six months while writing a blog to promote the area.

Southall won the six-month job after spending three days swimming, snorkelling, diving and lounging with 15 other finalists under the close scrutiny of Queensland Tourism officials who psychometrically tested the candidates. The finalists also had to demonstrate their blogging abilities and take swimming tests.

“I hope I can sell the reef as much as everybody is expecting,” said Southall today before being whisked away for dozens of interviews with local and international media.

In his 60-second video application Southall was seen riding an ostrich, running a marathon, trekking through Africa and kissing a giraffe. He described himself as “the adventurous, crazy energetic one”.

But today Queensland Tourism’s executive director, Steve McRoberts, balked at the description. “I think crazy is a bit heavy,” McRoberts said, adding that Southall’s self-motivation was one of his most impressive qualities.

“He’s a level-headed, well-grounded bloke,” McRoberts said of Southall, who told the Guardian in March, when he was chosen as a finalist, that he planned to win by just being himself.

But he appeared stunned by his own success. “Wow … to all of the candidates that stand behind me – every one there is an absolute winner,” he said.

The job is part of a A$1.7m tourism campaign to publicise north-eastern Queensland. With Queensland Tourism claiming to generate about A$100m in publicity with the competition so far, the state’s premier, Anna Bligh, flew to Hamilton island to make the announcement.

It was the “most successful tourism marketing campaign in history”, Bligh said.

He presented Southall with a dive suit and flippers and urged him to wear them every day while the 15 other candidates, who included students, journalists, TV presenters, photographers, a receptionist, radio DJ, teacher, and an actor, hugged him and cheered.

When Southall begins the job, he will travel throughout the Great Barrier Reef, writing blogs and being interviewed by the media. The rest of the time he will relax in a three-bedroom luxury villa and drive a buggy to explore the island.

The contest for the dream job attracted some controversy after being announced in January. Its website crashed due to a deluge of visitors, angering many hopefuls who could not lodge their video applications.

One finalist was ousted after it was revealed she had connections to the adult entertainment industry, and a prankster identifying himself as Osama bin Laden posted a YouTube video saying why he was the best man for the job.

Southall plans to bring his Canadian girlfriend with him to the island, when he starts work on July1.

Questions:

  • Would you like to apply for this job? Why?
  • What wouldn’t you mind doing to get a job like this one?
  • What is the best job in the world for you?
2 Comments leave one →
  1. nadiancia permalink
    May 12, 2009 11:14 pm

    Taking care of an Australian tropical island may seem very appealing for many people. If I won the prize I would try to take advantage of it.
    Many things could be done, for instance, I would organise a lot of parties for my family and friends. Another option would be to create events with celebrities in order to collect funds for needy or disabled people.
    However, the idea of being alone in an island doesn´t appeal to me at all.
    I am very fond of hanging around with my friends and enjoying the city life.
    Unfortunately, no way would I be able to pass such dificult tests. Swimming or riding ostrichs are among my weak points. In general, I am not good at tests which involve physical resistance but I wouldn´t mind blogging on the net for two or three hours running.
    The idea of enjoying the luxury of living in a quiet island for a while fill me up with excitement.
    I would spend my hours taking baths in a jacuzzi, drinking tropical juices or tasting sofisticated cocktails.
    Reading books for pleasure is an unfinished business for me at the moment and I am really looking forward to having some spare time to do it.
    From my point of view, the best work in the world is devoting yourself to something that you really like and be paid for that. Obviously it wouldn´t imply getting up early in the mornings so you would be able to choose your timetable.
    In conclusion, it is not easy to find people whose work is considered as perfect but at least all of us try to do our best standing out the positive aspects of our job.

  2. eoimarisa permalink*
    May 21, 2009 12:51 am

    Excellent choice Jose Luis and very interesting comment Nadia.

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