Interview with Steven Rogers

Thu 02 Apr 2009

With just hours to till the announcement of the top 10 Best Job in the World applicants sought some answers from the top 50 that have now endured months of blogging, interviews and sleepness nights as they campaign be the first "Island Caretaker" for the Great Barrier Reef.

We received this response from Steven Rogers from the USA about his campaign.

1.When you started out with BJITw did you consider the amount of time that you would have to put in to eventually be the island caretaker?
No, I don't think so. I knew the video and some other aspects would be time-consuming, but I didn't expect to run a "full-time campaign" for such a long time (and hopefully even longer).

2. How many hours would you estimate that you have put into your campaign?
Wow, it's hard to even estimate. 300 maybe? Probably more. It's pretty much been a constant part of my life, in one way or another, since mid-January.

3. Who has been in the most inspirational and supportive in your campaign (outside your folks)?
I'm blessed with great friends and family, and many of them have been supportive and helpful from the very beginning.

4. There has been some media and internet coverage that has been quite critical of the campaign. Have you come in for any direct flak for your success thus far? How did you feel about it?
None that I'm aware of (thankfully), but it's possible someone out there on the web has been criticizing me. Everyone I've encountered has been excited and supportive, which has been really fun.

5. What is the most important thing you have learned during the process?
To have faith in my intuition and to take risks. From the very beginning, I thought I had a good chance, and I'm very glad I took the risk to find out.

6. Should you not eventually become the IC, what does life look like after the dust has settled?
Very promising. I've got a great variety of interests, and this process has encouraged me to pursue them boldly.