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The One-Week Job Project: One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    immicky, but well written with an underlying philosophical theme

    After graduating from college, Sean Aiken tried travel, but that was not his thing. He came home and his mom suggested teaching while his sister recommended an entry level professional job. His father provided sage advice to find something you like. He decided to test a job a week so he set up a web site as such. Starting with bungee jump master at Whistler in British Columbia and ending as Mayor of Port Moody also in BC with a variety of points in between, Mr. Aiken tested 52 distinctly different jobs. Whether he is in Ontario, Wyoming or Beverly Hills, Sean lived up to his mantra to enjoy what your doing while doing do your best.

    Gimmicky, but well written with an underlying philosophical theme of what is happiness, this is surprisingly a rather deep look at people today through various blue collar and white collar positions; considering that the book is 300 pages and fifty-two jobs are highlighted. Part of the depth is the introductory format used with each new position so that in a small text box specific information is provided enabling Mr. Aiken to focus on what he learned about each job. Beer brewing vs. wine making vs. cow milking sum up the odyssey as Mr. Aiken asks not just the job seeker but anyone to define whether success denotes happiness.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    What an entertaining book, and it includes tons of inside information about 52 different jobs, one week at a time. Sean Aiken wanted to experience it all, and his goal was to eventually choose a career that he enjoyed, not just put in his time.

    This 52 week journey took him from one extreme to the next. He started off as a bungee jump master at Whistler BC, then moved on to flower arranging, working as a dairy farmer, brewmaster, advertising executive, exterminator, baker, photographer and many more.

    Sean was on a mission to find the ideal job that really mattered. His journey is entertaining, at times humorous, but he always gave it his best effort, no matter how menial the task.

    We can all learn a lot from Sean's search for the perfect job. We shouldn't settle for a job where we watch the clock and just put in the hours required. We need to find a job that we enjoy!

    I highly recommend this book, especially if you are searching for what you want to be when you "grow up".

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    Posted August 10, 2010

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