Surviving a whirlwind tripLAUREN HAYES
How do you survive working in eight time zones, commuting 50,000 kilometres across eight countries, in three weeks?
Ask Amber Cole.
The 20-year-old probably has the answer after a whirlwind work experience tour.
''There was a lot of coffee,'' she explains.
''It's actually quite hard to think that I've just been around the world. It's all quite surreal.''
The former Southland Girls' High School pupil was chosen as one of nine young adults from around the world to take part in the life-changing experience, tasting a variety of different jobs spread across the globe with career-advice company Adecco.
Miss Cole's work experience included stints as a lifeguard at a ''gorgeous'' beach in Athens, tour guiding in Kuala Lumpur, being an engineer at the Luna Park theme park in Sydney, as well various jobs in Toronto, Vancouver, Melbourne, London and Auckland.
It was difficult to choose a favourite job as each was so rewarding, although standing on an Athens beach in 30 degC heat did not really feel like work, she said.
However, finishing the ''out there'' experience has not slowed the globetrotter down.
Almost as soon as she touched back down in Invercargill, Miss Cole found part-time work, saving her pennies for a trip back to Europe, possibly to study at university.
''I wasn't back a week before I was back at work. I do have the travel bug.''
Despite these plans to head abroad, Miss Cole said it had been comforting to hear New Zealand accents at the airport and return to the slightly cooler climate of Southland at the end of her journey.
To read more about Amber's journey click on her blog.