Winners of the Best Jobs in the Travel Business

By Marisa Lascala - 2013-10-25T16:29:53Z

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Cameron Ernst

From: Texas, U.S.

Winner: High Flyer for Virgin Australia, August 2013 – February 2014

Job duties: "I get to be a Brand Ambassador for Virgin Australia. I've already spent one month in training with Virgin Australia learning the business inside out. I'm showcasing the best of Virgin Australia, its partners, and its destinations with a focus on service, food and beverage, and entertainment. "

How did you hear about the contest? What made you want to apply? "I discovered Tourism Australia's Best Job in the World competition on Facebook. I can distinctly remember sitting at home on the couch and finding out more about the contest, talking with my parents—I lived with them before this—about how cool it would be to land one of these jobs in Australia. That night in all of my excitement and dreaming big, I started writing a silly rap as an application video just for the fun of it. One thing led to another, and I found myself shooting the video for it and then submitting. It's pretty crazy to think back on that night when it all started for me. One simple moment and decision to go for it changed my life."

What do you want to do when it's all over? "The biggest thing I've learned from this whole process is that you can't plan your life because you don't know what tomorrow will bring. I was planning on moving to Los Angeles. Now I'm flying around Australia. Who knows what will happen at the end of these six months? "

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