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Irishman makes final three in ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition

A few months back, we wrote about Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition. Well today, we’re delighted to report that one of the finalists is a young man from Ireland. The man himself, Allan Dixon, is flying to Australia next month to give it all he’s got in a battle for the position of Outback Adventurer against Frenchwoman Aude Mayans and American Graham Freeman. The three will spend a week trekking through the Aussie outback searching for the best backpacker experiences and adventure trails for working holiday makers. The winner will get to work for six months working in the Northern Territory with a salary package of $100,000. Crikey!

The 26-year-old DCU graduate beat off 330,000 individuals to make it to the final through an aggressive media campaign which saw Allen setting up his own website for the competition as well as getting over 156,000 Facebook fans on his competition page, 7,000 YouTube video views and 300 new Twitter followers. As if that wasn't enough, Allen’s campaign also managed to get some celebrity attention, including photo ops with top Irish Government ministers, appearances on Morning Ireland and 98 FM, as well as tweets from Kodaline and Bear Grylls!

A total of six jobs are on offer in this year’s Best Jobs in the World competition. Three finalists have been selected for each role and all will travel to Australia to compete in the final stage of the competition in June. Tourism Australia announced the competition earlier this year as part of their 2013 tourism campaign. Tourism officials watched over 45,000 entries before they selected the three finalists in each category. “It’s show time. The candidates now face their very own Australian working holiday - a week of tests and challenges which will ultimately decide who ends up winning these six dream jobs,” Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said today. We wish Allan and all the other finalists the best of luck in the final.