Lucky job break for Invercargill woman

CASSANDRA POKONEY
Last updated 05:00 08/07/2013
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GOOD JOB: Invercargill woman Amber Cole is excited at the opportunities she is facing after winning a global work experience competition.

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Like most people starting a new job Invercargill woman Amber Cole is a little nervous.

But unlike other new recruits, the 20-year-old former Southland Girls' High School pupil is not entirely sure what her next job will be.

Cole is one of nine winners of a global competition run by recruitment agency Adecco.

Her prize is a three-week, all expenses paid trip around the world to undertake "work experience" at various organisations.

She was told she had won the competition only last week, and yesterday was on a plane bound for Auckland and her first "job", at SkyJump.

From there, there will travel to nine countries, taking in four continents - Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.

She was thrilled to have won the competition and excited at the opportunities she would face in the coming weeks: "It's going to be really fun and I'm really excited."

While exact details of where she was going and what she would be doing had not been unveiled, she was looking forward to having a go at whatever was thrown at her, she said.

The win was fortuitous - studying English and classics at the University of Otago, with the goal of becoming a secondary school teacher, she had opted this year to take a break from her studies to determine if it was a career path she really wanted to follow.

Having the opportunity to look at different career options would help her make that decision, she said.

Even entering the competition had come by chance; she noticed an online advertisement while watching a YouTube video.

Thinking the competition looked interesting, and passing through to the next level by scoring a sufficiently high score in the first section, she was later asked to submit a video entry, and then undergo a Skype interview. Her video entry can be viewed at: is.gd/gegOM5.

Unsure specifically what it had been about her entry that had captured the judges' interest, she believed it was because she had tried to be a little creative and different.

It was a technique which paid off - her entry beat 23,000 others worldwide.

As part of the trip she will post daily updates, photographs and videos on her work experience blog. To find the blog visit: is.gd/WEWX6o.

She will return to New Zealand at the end of the month.

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