Friday, December 3, 2010

The Best Job in the World

My 2008-2010 travel journals.

3 December 2010 - Houston, Texas

Speaking of ‘the Office’ and the tired topic of ‘do I dare?’ from my 2006 journal, I did dare and I’m done talking about the travels.[bxA]

I need a job.

Preferably in an office. Even better in the Office. Is Dunder Mifflin hiring?

In the months before I returned to the US, I seriously pursued a job I thought I really wanted. I got the offer. I turned it down. The timing was terrible. I would have had to move across the world almost as soon as I got to Texas. The camel with my karma was nowhere to be found and a move like that might have separated us for good.

Camels in Cairo. Photo by Elly Kjellqvist (Jan09).

Still, my camel would have loved this move if he’d been with me when the offer came in.

Meanwhile, I am officially kicking off the hunt for a job. So far it mostly consists of watching ‘The Office’ and socializing with people who have jobs. Today I stepped it up a notch and googled “best job on earth.” This is what I found:


Have y’all heard about this? The Tourism board of Queensland, Australia paid this guy $150 grand to live for six months in luxury accommodation on an island and blog about it. My sister sent me the details when the campaign launched but I park-benched it.

The job I declined was in Sydney. So close! It was a banking job, so a bit tougher gig than the island blogger job.

Jul’10 – Singapore. Botero’s ‘Bird’ on the day I started interviewing.

Though I glanced at the Queensland website and it looks like a pretty big job to me. He writes an informative blog, which is something I have not exactly strived to do here on ‘Just Say Phuket’.

Besides, I wouldn’t need six months to convince people to go to Australia. The two most immediate and irresistible reasons to go to Queensland are….

14 February 2009 –Millennium en route to Port Blair, India.

Fiona & Alyssa.


Nad said...

The "Best Job in the World"! I googled those words about one year ago, when I was contemplating the idea of leaving my job :) and knew about the "Island Caretaker" job... it was too late to apply!!
The nice thing is that now as a corporate trainer, I always use this job as an example!! In HR courses, I talk about the video CV, the job ad, and the job duties (feeding the fish!).
Just 2 comments:
- Of all the people that were participants in my training programs, I recall that only one person actually loved his job!!
- Believe it or not, for some people this is not the best job in the world because they don't like outdoors activities and are afraid to be alone on an island!!

Nad said...

Are you sure about the office part?! Check out those dream jobs of people who don't necessarily live in an office environment:

fuzz said...

Aww you're so sweet! And yes, come to Queensland!

And on a more cynical note: it is debatable whether that is the best job in the world but it is definitely one of the best advertising campaigns in the world. Seriously, wow. It was huge, promoted Qld wonderfully and cost next to nothing.

When I first heard about it I didn't want to be on the island - I wanted to shake the hand of the motherfucker who pitched that campaign. Genius.

assie said...

awww my heart goes pitter patter at the pic of the jounrals and the cedar tree sticker !!! and yes !!!!COME TO QLD !!!! YALLA !!! xxx

Anonymous said...

Oi, pack up your stuff and head on out to the land of Downunder !!!
PS: Lola has for the time being 'left' and Myra is busy doing cottage craft in her kapok tree, making herds of reindeer, armies of gingerbreadmen and hosts of angels.