While for some individuals a dream job may be to play in a rock band, orbit the Earth aboard the International Space Station, plead at the International Court of Human Rights or perhaps to be the CEO of a bank, a fireman or a nurse, others may be dreaming of travelling the world and making a living out of it. An opportunity has arisen for those seeking new challenges and eager to explore new destinations to make their dream come true. The British National Rail is on a search for aspiring adventurers from the UK who are keen to apply for what may be the ultimate part-time job – Chief Adventure Officer. The winning candidate is to be tasked with vlogging his or her way around Great Britain on paid-for trips to destinations of their choice and also receive a £10k salary for the privilege.
The contest is open to ambitious candidates between 16 and 25 year of age, who are UK residents and have a spirit for adventure, a natural curiosity for new places, and the desire to share travel experiences with the world. From dancing in a field at a festival, to surfing along the coast or sightseeing in a new city, budding explorers living in the UK are offered the chance to travel around Great Britain in search of adventure.
Daniela Maki, Railcards Product Manager from National Rail, said: “Getting paid to travel is a lot of people’s dream job and now we are making it a reality for one lucky person. We are looking for a real adventurer, and calling on 16-25 year olds in London who live to explore new places and love telling the world about their exciting travels.” […] “Whether you’re heading to university or doing something else, the 16-25 Railcard saves you cash, helps you visit interesting places and spend money on the things you enjoy the most, so we thought let’s take this to the next level for one lucky candidate?” […] “Our new CAO gets the chance to visit some really amazing locations and inspire us all by showing the exciting places Great Britain has on offer. So if your suitcase is always by the door, in case, and you are looking for your next adventure this is the perfect new job for you.”
Aspiring adventurers are invited to apply for this opportunity by Sunday, October 16th, 2016, by sending a video of a recent trip and also offering a brief self-description via www.16-25railcard.co.uk/CAO Some contenders, such as Alex Pinsky, who likes exploring and experiencing the world and has travelled within the UK, France, Bali, and the Netherlands, have already sent in their applications.
Previous “best job in the world” campaigns includes the one advertised in 2009 by Tourism Queensland which invited candidates from all over the world to apply for the job of caretaker of the Australian Hamilton Island for a salary of £73,000 a year. In 2013, Tourism Australia ran a similar campaign, advertising six positions: chief “funster”, outback adventurer, park ranger, wildlife caretaker, lifestyle photographer and taste master. In 2013, Lastminute.com advertised for a “spontaneity champion” who might spend a year going on last-minute holidays and in the same year First Choice organised a recruitment campaign for a “slide-tester” for its Splashworld resorts.
Whether temporary or leading to a long-term project, competitions like these seem to attract numerous people looking for a life-changing opportunity, which may prove time, experience and access may hold more value than possession in today’s world.
How may a dream job shape a person’s professional perspectives?