The One-week Job Project

The One-week Job Project

One Man, 1 Year, 52 Jobs

Book - 2010
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THE REMARKABLE AND INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF ONE GUY WHO TRANSFORMED HIS UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE INTO ACTION

A year and a half after he graduated from college, Sean Aiken found himself struggling to answer the question "What should I do with my life?" His mother suggested teaching. His older sister told him to apply for an entry-level corporate position. His father said, "It doesn't matter what you do, just make sure it's something you're passionate about." Taking his father's advice to heart, Sean created the One-Week Job Project and launched himself on an epic journey to find his passion. His goal: to work fifty-two jobs in fifty-two weeks.

After the launch of his website, oneweekjob.com, the offers began pouring in. Sean's first gig was--literally--jumping off a bridge, as a bungee operator in British Columbia. From there he traveled across Canada and the United States, reinventing himself as a firefighter, an aquarium host, a radio DJ, a martial arts instructor, an NHL mascot, and a snowshoe guide. During the course of his seven-day stints, from a Florida stock-trading floor to a cattle ranch in the wilds of Wyoming to a real estate office in Beverly Hills, Sean found time to make new friends and even fall in love. Whether choosing a spring fashion line, brewing beer, or milking a cow, Sean continued to ask himself and others about what success really means and how we find happiness--all while having the adventure of his life.

Inventive and empowering, witty and wise, The One-Week Job Project is a book that will give you the courage to follow your passion. Or, as Mark Twain said, "Explore. Dream. Discover ."
Publisher: New York : Villard Trade Paperbacks, c2010.
ISBN: 9780345508034
0345508033
Branch Call Number: 331.702 AIKEN
Characteristics: x, 300 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 1-week job project

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WVMLStaffPicks Aug 30, 2014

For a Capilano University graduate, Sean Aiken has done exceptionally well at working 52 different jobs in a year! His book presents a humorous look into the world of work. Some of his weekly jobs allowed him to travel extensively (Hawaii, Texas, New York). All of his employers were encouraged to donate to One, an anti-poverty charity. After completing his 52 job project, Aiken has become a successful motivational speaker for youth, encouraging people to follow their passions.

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Yuletide
Jan 29, 2013

Other comments have pretty much covered it - really good if you are at that age of trying to decide 'what to do with the rest of your life' I felt like it took the pressure off as it helped you to realize that you aren't stuck once you take a job - possibilities are always out there. Also made me think, as an older person, about weather I could make that change if I needed to. Very thought provoking and fun too!

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mexicanadiense
Jul 30, 2012

Quirky and engaging, probably best suited for Young Adults as a heads up re: what the search for a career is all about.

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taraw104
Jun 14, 2011

Good read for those looking at choosing a career or changing careers. I most enjoyed the insights about career satisfaction the author gained from the people he worked for and with.

vdonoghuenwpl Sep 09, 2010

I am enjoying this book, not just for 20 year olds, would also be helpful for people considering their future in mid-career.Reminds me of the TV show, "Dirtiest Job" where the guy usually gets covered in muck. Also has a love interest, and is light hearted.

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krazyk
Aug 01, 2010

It's an interesting read. It's great for high schoolers, college graduates or anyone in that "I'm between jobs" transition period.

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Jun 06, 2011

"If I could do it all over again, I wish I would have acted without the fear of what others thought."

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