Taiwanese a finalist for Australian ‘dream’ job

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, May 17, 2013 - Page 5

A Taiwanese woman has entered the final round of a competition for Australia’s “Best Jobs in the World,” according to Tourism Australia.

Hsieh Hsin-hsuan (謝昕璇) is among the three finalists for the position of “Wildlife Caretaker,” one of the six jobs on offer in the competition, which is aimed at showcasing Australia to young travelers.

“Mama I get into the Final 3!” Hsieh, 26, from Greater Kaohsiung wrote in English on her Facebook page shortly after the announcement was made.

Her compatriot Chen Wun-jhen (陳玟臻), 24, who made it to the second round of the contest for the job of “Outback Adventurer,” did not make it into the finals. However, she congratulated Hsieh on reaching the finals and thanked Taiwan and everyone who supported her.

“It’s been a beautiful three weeks in my life,” Chen wrote on her Facebook page, adding that she will “continue to travel and continue to share.”

The two women had each received more than 110,000 likes on their Facebook pages as of Wednesday.

Chen and Hsieh were among 150 applicants from about three dozen countries who advanced to the second round of the challenge, which attracted hundreds of thousands of entries.

For round two, each contender had to submit a 30-second video online to vie for a spot on the three-person shortlist for each position.

The 18 finalists, from 12 countries, will be flown to Australia next month for a week of tests and challenges to determine who will get the jobs. The winners will be announced in Sydney on June 21.

They will be employed for six months starting on Aug. 1, and will each receive salary and allowances totaling A$100,000 (US$98,800).