University of Otago student Amber Cole at her Invercargill
home with some of the boarding passes she accumulated in
her whirlwind six weeks of globetrotting. Photo by Allison
There is nothing like a working holiday, travelling
around eight countries in three weeks, to straighten out your
Until July this year, Amber Cole, of Invercargill, had been
studying for a double major in English and classics at the
University of Otago.
But after winning the New Zealand Adecco Around the World in
80 Jobs Competition, and becoming one of nine people
worldwide to work their way around other countries, the
20-year-old has changed her career goals.
During her tour, she spent time in Athens, Auckland, Kuala
Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney,
Toronto and Vancouver, working in a range of jobs, including
as a lifeguard in Athens, a theme park attendant in Sydney
and a hotel receptionist in London.
She said the most unpleasant job was working as a tour guide
in Kuala Lumpur.
''Five hours of walking and being on my feet in 30 to
40-degree heat, it was really tiring.
''For me, it was pretty eye-opening.''
Miss Cole said she decided to enter the competition because
she had only been overseas once - to the Gold Coast aged 10.
''And after a year and a bit of studying at the university
and realising that the bitter cold and my 7am lectures and I
weren't going to get along, I decided to make a change.''
She said what started it all was seeing the quote: ''Live the
life you would be jealous of, if you saw someone else living
''The trip was life-changing.
''I was just doing some papers at university until I worked
out what I wanted to do.
''Now I know what I want to do - it's given me direction.''
Miss Cole said she planned to return to Otago University next
semester and begin a communications degree in the hope of
forging a career in marketing, advertising or journalism.