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Afghan female in running for ‘The Best Job in the World’ six jobs received more than half a million entries from 200 countries worldwide

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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Kabul (BNA): 29 year old, Moska Najib is one of 150 applicants short listed for Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World Competition.’
Ms. Najib is the only Afghan contender representing her country.
The only Afghan still in the running from over 600,000 entries from across 196 countries for ‘The Best Jobs in the World’
Applicants for the global contest closed on 10 April with nearly 350,000 contenders from 196 different countries.
Applicants were added to complete a 30 second video explaining why they should get the job.
Tourism officials had to watch more than 45,000 videos this month and paring down the applications to 25 finalists in each of the six job categories outback adventurer, taste master, lifestyle photographer, chief funster, park ranger and wildlife caretaker, Moska Najib, an aspiring filmmaker who is currently working as a freelance producer and photographer, has made it through as one of 25 candidates in the running for the role of lifestyles photographer, based in Melbourne, Victoria.
Moska says, “This was a great opportunity for an Afghan, like me, to compete”.
Such openings are rare for us, and even more so for a women from my country.”
She further added: “There are many young individuals, both in Afghanistan and outside who have the talent and potential to outshine their international peers in competition alike, but many aren’t eligible because they are Afghans.
I saw this competition as my chance and I grabbed it.”
At winning her first challenge, Moska says, “I am really happy at reaching the top 25.
It would be an amazing experience if I make it through to the next stage”.
The jobs were announced by Tourism Australia earlier this year as part of a $4 million youth tourism campaign.
They were created following the success of a 2009 initiative by authorities in Queensland seeking an “island caretaker” on the world famous Great Barrier Reef.
The post widely referred to as “the Best Job in the World” attracted 35,000 and was won by Briton Ben Southall.
This year, the winning applicants will have a six month salary worth AUA $100,000, including living costs.
For the next stage of the competition, each shortlisted applicant has been asked to search for the ultimate references to endorse their application and tell the world why they are the best possible candidate for one of the “Best Jobs in the World.’
If successful, the applicants will be invited to a final assessment in Australia in mid-June, with the six successful job candidate announced on 21 June.
Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy says. “Now it’s time for the short listed contestants to show the public what they’re made of.
We’re looking for people who are great storytellers, adventurous, inspiring and eager to immerse themselves in Australia’s tourism experiences.”

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