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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143170511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143170518
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I can't say whether Sean Aiken was a good aquarium host or tattoo artist, but I do think he's very good at one job: Writing." --A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically

"A fresh approach to the long held idea of 'trying on' jobs before you 'buy' them." --Richard N. Bolles, New York Times bestselling author of What Color is Your Parachute?

"The One-Week Job Project is a terrific read for young people wondering what to do with their lives, and for anyone looking to change his or her life for the better. Sean Aiken's audacious, inspiring book packs a good dose of humor and reminds us that the only thing standing between you and your dreams is yourself!" --Keith Ferrazzi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back

"The One-Week Job Project is a remarkably original idea that will inspire a new generation of young people to stay true to themselves, shed the noise around them, and set out to define their own roads in life. This book will help you to take a critical look at your own future, and all the possibilities that lie waiting." --Mike Marriner, co-founder, Roadtrip Nation and author of Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Path in Life

"At a time when the traditional path to success is fading from view, Sean Aiken has emerged as a role model for making the best of the inherently unstable life of today's workforce. Most people will likely work a number of different jobs in a variety of different fields over the course of their lifetimes, and most people will feel uneasy during transition. Aiken's book shows 52 transitions, and they add up to a vital message that job hopping is productive and can help you find a better career, and build a better life." --Penelope Trunk, nationally syndicated career columnist and author of Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success

About the Author

Sean Aiken was born in 1981 and grew up in Port Moody, BC. He graduated from Capilano College in North Vancouver with a degree in Business Administration in 2005, and was voted Class Valedictorian. His adventures have been broadcast on Canadian and international television, and are documented on his popular website oneweekjob.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 14 2010
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Sean Aiken graduated from college with a degree in Business Administration and was class valedictorian. A year and half later Sean is still trying to figure out what to do with his life.

"Whether we're coming out of school and entering the work world, thinking about a career change after twenty years in the same position, or victim of a layoff due to the changing economy, most of us will look deep inside ourselves for an answer to the question 'What should I do with my life?' Ultimately I think we all want to be happy. But what that really means and how to get there remains uncertain."

Well to try and get there, Sean decided to try different jobs - 52 of them to be exact - a new one every week. The jobs were eclectic and varied. Pizza maker, fashion buyer, dairy farmer, Hollywood producer and 48 more! Sean started locally in British Columbia, but as word spread via his blog, radio and television interviews, the project snowballed and reached into the US as well. Eventually his best friend Ian joined the project, video documenting the project.

Sean comes across in his writing and in photos included in the book as incredibly likable. His personality is a major part of the success of this project. But his honesty impressed me as well. With each new job he tries, he discovers something new about his likes or dislikes and about people in general and most importantly - himself.

As the project gathers steam, "Something didn't feel right. My spiel had become routine. "Somewhere in the midst of all the noise, I'd gotten away from my original intentions. I started to base the success of the project on the media coverage it received."

"For years I'd based my decisions on what others people thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12 2010
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zoon on June 11 2010
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This book is a lot of fun to read and has a great message for young people trying to figure out what to do with their lives. This book could revolutionize the way young people approach their own career development.
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Who has the time to try out 52 jobs, one a week for a whole year? Not me, but Sean Aiken took that challenge and ran with it. While some of the jobs aren't what I would consider good alternatives to my current employment the underlying message it to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. And the best part? It's not just some list of careers - I can get that from a Wikipedia page or Craigslist job search, it's the story that Sean tells. We learn about Sean, his conflicts with the working world and how he set out to learn more about what his life's calling/passion is. You would be hard pressed to find another career book with such a good mix of humour, story telling and motivation.
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I felt this book came off too much as being about Sean Aiken, the author, rather than the job search. I didn''t get this book to read about his finding love or his time spent with media covering his project. I wanted to know more about the jobs and the people who work them. At the start of the book we was doing a better job of breaking down the jobs and the people he met, but as the book went on it became more about himself and more about the publicity of his project. Many jobs that he did received only one or two pages while at other times he would go about his girlfriend or family for a page or two.
If you are more interested in project or Sean's experience as opposed to the job experience, then you''ll get more out of this book more than I did.
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