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Written by: Cherokee180
Monday, March 23, 2009

As some of you are making your way out of the hallowed halls of your high school into the “real world”, now is the time when the questions of, “What do I do now?” and “What kind of job/career should I be going for?” really start to plague you.  So, what would your dream job be?  Forget all the reasons why your dream job wouldn’t be possible and just go with your gut.  What would you consider the “Best Job in the World”?  Well, according to an Australian company, the “Best Job in the World” consists of exploring island reefs and reporting about your island adventures via weekly blogs, video updates and media interviews.  For a six-month stint, the successful applicant will get paid $150, 000 AUD (that’s about $130, 000 CAD).  In short, it is the ultimate paid vacation.

They have short-listed 50 applicants for the position and the final 11 will be announced in April.  There are currently 7 Canadians including one Albertan on the current short-list and voting continues through tomorrow.  How does someone get a job like this?  Well, first you have to make a 60 second video showcasing why you think you would be right for the job.  Then, the company short-lists 50 people and posts their videos online to be voted on by their peers.
So, what does this have to do with Speak Out?  Well, we currently have a video contest running that asks youth (ages 13 to 19) to create a 60 second video spot about their vision for education.  We will be short-listing 7 videos and then posting them on the Speak Out website so that your peers can vote on them. (Deadline for submissions is March 31/09.)  We also are still taking applications for the First Annual Speak Out Student Conference on May 3 and 4, 2009 and we will be footing the bill (travel, accommodation and food expenses) for you and your chaperone to come out and Speak Out in person.  (I know it’s not exactly $130, 000 over 6 months but I still think that’s a pretty good deal for a couple of summer days out here in Edmonton.)  And, there’s always the online Discussion Boards here on the website that give you a place to talk about your educational experiences.
It’s a shameless plug, I know, but behind it all is a really honest question.  What is your dream job/career and how can we help you get there?  Inquiring minds want to know so drop us a line, video or application and let us know.

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