Friday, March 12, 2010
The One-Week Job Project by Sean Aiken
Penguin Group (Canada)
Publication date: April 17, 2010
Trade paperback, 288 pages
What do I want to do with my life? Who hasn't asked themselves that question when searching for the perfect career? The One-Week Job Project is a window into the journey of a young man’s unusual experience working 52 jobs in one year—so he could find the answer to that very question.
Sean Aiken accepted one-week job offers from employers who were willing to show him their trade (and donate his pay to charity) so Sean could see first-hand what a career in that particular field offered. When he first came up with this idea, it was to help him discover what he wanted to do with his life. He discovered a whole lot more and shares it with us through this adventurous book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I liked Sean Aiken’s honest voice and learning all kinds of neat tidbits about specific jobs.
For every job Sean took for one week, he stated the location, job description, industry IQ, and what he learned. This is followed by an anecdote of his experience working there. The book isn’t filled with statistical work facts, though. From the first few chapters, we immediately get the picture of an intelligent man with a positive outlook, an open mind and a readiness to learn about the working industry and himself. Never long-winded or boring, always entertaining, his personal stories are amusing, inspirational and filled with candour. I felt like I was in a room with Sean as he recounted what he lived during his memorable year hopping from job to job and making new friendships along the way.
On days when Sean questioned the value of his project, it was his belief, his hope that there was something more—that he could succeed in finding work he was passionate about—that kept him going. I admire his tenacity to bring his project to an end, to remain humble in the face of big media exposure, and to sincerely portray his struggles with his personal relationships.
Best of all, it’s a clean read that I could easily recommend to young people as well as anyone who is searching to find something to do that they are truly passionate about. Looking for the perfect career? Need a career change? Given up finding your passion in life? This book will inspire you. What did Sean discover at the end of his journey? It’s interspersed throughout his book and is well summed up at the conclusion. Well done, Sean!
To learn more about this project and to watch the book trailer (it's worth it!), visit Sean's Web site: http://www.oneweekjob.com/
Disclosure: Thank you to Bronwyn Kienapple from Penguin Group Canada for sending me this advance copy for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.