Help me get my dream job

as a shoe tester for Alfa Sko

I need your help. Alfa Sko had over a thousand applicants, and they’ve now narrowed it down to just thirty. They’re gonna see which 3 people get the most votes on this poll. I’m number 12, Linda, and I would appreciate any help I can get.

Without getting into the debate of the ethics of giving jobs to people with the most likes, let me just tell you a little bit about myself.

There is nothing I enjoy more than hiking. I love camping and my sense of adventure is somewhat above average. In 2012 I participated in the longest and toughest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby. My philosophy is simple:

The past year I’ve been working at the Guardian as a Knight-Mozilla fellow doing data-journalism. I spent my research budget on a drone and love flying it around and taking pictures and video. I’m also a keen balloon/kite mapper, an Open Street Map contributor and enjoy helping out Doctors Without Borders through Missing Maps.

As a shoe tester for Alfa I would love to encourage more people to enjoy and take care of nature. I was lucky to grow up in Norway where I was taught survival skills, outdoor swimming, skiing, fishing etc from an early age. I want to share this knowledge. I really enjoy teaching, as evident from Code Club which I co-founded in 2012. I have also had the great opportunity of working with Nesta in developing the Digital Maker badge for the UK Scouting Association.

I could use a break from tech. To be completely honest I could use a break from male bosses who make fun of male colleagues for watching The Good Wife (“why are you watching that lifetime drama? did you feel the need to get in touch with your feminine side?”) and the like.

I’m aware that testing shoes in extreme conditions will be tough. But as a cyclist in London, honestly it will do me a world of good and probably be less risky than my current commute.

You can view my video application here (in Norwegian though):

So please, if you have a spare moment, go to this poll and vote for me (Linda, candidate #12). It would mean the world to me.

Thank you.

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