Nelson's Ursula chases dream OE

Last updated 12:00 15/06/2013

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A Nelson woman is one of 100 young people to reach the semifinals of a global competition about youth employment that saw more than 23,000 entrants.

Recruitment company Adecco is running Around the World in 80 Jobs, a competition for young people.

Ten winners will be chosen from the global finalists, and they will get to jet-off on an OE-style trip where they will work and play in 10 cities: New York, Shanghai, Athens, London, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver and Auckland across a three-week period.

There are eight Kiwis in the semifinals, and one of the 10 winners will be from New Zealand.

Nelson woman Ursula Keay, 23, who has been in television advertisements and an extra on Shortland Street, was one of 7500 young people to make it through to the second round of the competition.

She was then asked to submit a video showing why she believes she is the perfect candidate for the prize.

A panel of New Zealand judges will now view the videos and choose three finalists from the short list of eight. The panel has to take into consideration which videos have received the most ‘likes' on YouTube.

On Thursday the three New Zealand finalists will be announced and they will then go through a final selection process that will include an interview before the New Zealand winner is chosen and announced on June 24.

Ms Keay's video can be viewed on YouTube at: youtube.com/watch?v=PunV6FFexEE.

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- The Nelson Mail

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