Taiwanese loses Australian competition for tourism job

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Jun 22, 2013 - Page 3

Hsieh Hsin-hsuan (謝昕璇) yesterday failed to win one of the six “Best Jobs in the World” offered by Tourism Australia, but was upbeat about her experiences in the competition.

Hsieh was one of three finalists for the position of “Wildlife Caretaker,” but Greg Snell of Canada won the job.

Hsieh congratulated Snell and the five other winners on her Facebook page and said she will keep a positive attitude as she embraces the next chapters of life.

“This is neither the final result nor the end. I have gained much, much more [from the competition] than I had imagined,” she said.

“I cannot wait to go back to tell everyone about the journey and how we were spoiled,” she wrote.

Hsieh said the experience had been invaluable and that she would start saving money to enroll in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker program. She also plans to write a book about the competition.

The 26-year-old Hsieh was the only Taiwanese to make it to the final round for the six jobs on offer.

She and the 17 other finalists spent the past week in Australia going through a series of challenges and assessments as part of the final selection process.

One of their challenges was to speak in front of the media while holding a snake in their hands

Snell and the five other winners will be employed for six months, receiving a salary and allowance totaling A$100,000 (US$96,200).

The campaign, aimed at showcasing Australia to youth travelers, drew applications from 330,000 people from 196 countries.