It’s a job many would want to have, but is available to only a select few.
And one SFU grad has been shortlisted for the prize.
Salina Siu, 24, is one of the finalists for the job of ‘Chief Funster’ for Tourism Australia. If she wins, she will spend a year reviewing festivals and events, tweeting and blogging about her experiences, and being a ‘Sydney VIP’. All while getting paid and living in Australia.
Siu cannot believe she has been listed as a finalist. “I was completely in shock,” she said. “I was also at work so I couldn’t scream and yell but I was so so so happy. I didn’t have any expectations because I knew there would be a lot of competition and I hate disappointment but I’m really proud of myself for making the shortlist.”
Siu has recently graduated from SFU with a BBA in marketing and entrepreneurship, with a minor in publishing. She also just finished an eight-month internship. “I’m taking the summer off to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, so when my friend told me about this opportunity, I thought, why not?” said Sui.
“It’s the perfect timing for an adventure in Australia. Plus, the job sounds amazing, who wouldn’t want this job?”
Siu is up against 24 other people from around the world. There is no public voting component, everything is based on the judges.
“But one of my strengths is my experience and existing network,” she said. “I’ve done a lot in marketing, social media and event planning. Plus, I have my own YouTube channel, which has over 10 million views and 59,000 subscribers, so I already have a global fan base. I’m also heavily involved with AIESEC, the largest student-run organization in the world so I have a network of AIESEC’ers from around the world.”
The shortlist for the next round will be announced on May 8. Then top three from each position will be flown out to Australia for a week-long interview process.
Anyone can make a video endorsement for Siu at her website.
© 2013 Shaw Media