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What are the Odds? What do you think?

February 16, 2009


Regular readers of ART PREDATOR know that I want the Best Job in the World–caretaker on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. (See my page “best job application” for details.)

But what are my odds when they are reviewing 30,000 one minute video applications by Sunday, February 22?

The way I figure it is by Sunday, Feb 22, 2009, 30,000 people will have attempted to upload a video.

Of these 30,000 video applicants:

1/2 are typically disqualified (I read this somewhere…not sure if this is still true but it was at some time in the process, maybe someone has better info)

Of these 15,000 video applicants: 2/3s lack qualifications like a college degree in a science field (BBC News reports 75% will not be considered for this reason)

Of these 5,000 video applicants: 4/5 will be disqualified for lacking quality: boring video, grating voice, weak charisma, or will have more than one video! etc

Of these 1,000 video applicants: 1/2 won’t be strong enough writers capable of producing the blogs required

Of these 500 video applicants 1/2 won’t have enough experience with blogging or teaching or multimedia etc

Of these 250 the Magic 50 Semi-Finalists will be chosen

Of these 50 11 will be chosen with help from the world

Of these 11 1 will get the best job in the world–ME! (just kidding!)

Seriously, though, what do you think the odds are? How do you break it down? What do you think makes or breaks someone into the top 50?

How do you think they will narrow the field from 30,000 to one? Add any I might have missed in the comments, and if you’re an applicant, feel free to post a link to your blog and your video so we can check you out!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. okathleen permalink
    February 16, 2009 9:00 am

    Well Art Predator, fingers crossed for you, but be careful what you wish for – Great White heaven, make Jaws look like tadpole!

  2. JingYi Yuan permalink
    February 16, 2009 10:58 am

    here is also an interesting link : check it out!!!

  3. February 16, 2009 12:06 pm

    i agree with kat!lawman has his fingers and toes crossed for you!

  4. February 16, 2009 10:50 pm

    Woohoo, seven votes for you already. You’ll win, don’t worry about it.

  5. February 18, 2009 7:21 pm

    this is so cool! i couldn’t find your video! i wanna see!!
    : ))

  6. February 18, 2009 8:28 pm

    right now my video is being processed by Queensland Tourism and being uploaded onto youtube–I’ll post ASAP and you will know!! you will love, it lynne–it came out soooo great!

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