Tuesday, January 13, 2009

greatest job in the world requires global communication

I saw this article this morning and found it really interesting.

An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls "the best job in the world" -- earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the winner's home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland's state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the "island caretaker" will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of "a few minor tasks" -- and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.
The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

"They'll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they're doing so they can't be too shy and they'll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors," said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

"The fact that they will be paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel and generally live the Queensland lifestyle makes this undoubtedly the best job in the world."

This is a really interesting concept to me, concerning meaningful interactions with people who you only have electronic access to. I wonder if the candidate is allowed family present or what are the "few minor tasks" are. I've always been terrible at blogging, not thinking that i have anything really interesting to say or the impetus to actually bother with a blog until last semester when it was required for a class.

It really made me think of what meaningful communication i was having. If the only communication i could have was over the internet or electronically, how would that effect the way I dealt with people.
It's like when your mum or Dad say, "if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all." Well sometimes i am all to ready to say "well if i don't have anything good or interesting to say then i won't say it at all." Probably not the best view, but what does everyone else think?

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