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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143170511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143170518
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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"It started as a simple idea: work a different job every week for a year.  But as Sean put his plan into action, it quickly became a life-changing, cross-continental, action-packed adventure.  After reading The One-Week Job Project, you'll know how to bring the most extraordinary things out of life, and how to score some choice jobs along the way!"—Kyle MacDonald, author of One Red Paperclip

"With 52 jobs, 52 experiences and 52 lessons learned, Sean Aiken has done all the dirty work for young individuals who are looking to embark on their own career journey.  The One-Week Job Project is eye-opening, entertaining and will help answer the question on any young individual’s mind: what do I do when I graduate?  Sean has done it all in less time than it takes to graduate from college and has pulled all of his knowledge into one book that can and will change your life for the better."—Dan Schawbel, author of Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success

"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, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back

"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

"Who says job hopping is a bad thing? Sean Aiken worked 52 jobs in one very busy year and documented the life-changing experience in his wonderful new book, The One-Week Job Project. Sean takes you on a rollicking journey across the U.S. and Canada to gigs as an astronomer, brewmaster, cowboy, and deejay (among many others).  He shares hilarious stories and valuable advice from mentors in pubs and tattoo parlors, on dairy farms and movie sets, and in kitchens and cubicles. I loved the opportunity to tag along on Sean's year of career enlightenment without having to sleep on 55 couches and trek more than 46,000 miles. I think you will too. The One-Week Job Project is a great read and a terrific resource for anyone looking for inspiration on the job."—Pamela Skillings, career coach and author of Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams

"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

"The long-held idea of ‘trying on’ jobs before you ‘buy’ them now gets a fresh approach, as the author ‘tries on’ fifty-two jobs within the space of fifty-two weeks."—Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute 

"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, author of The Year of Living Biblically

"What is it like to work 52 jobs in as many weeks?  Sean Aiken took it upon himself to find out, and he shares his discoveries with us in The One Week Job Project.  A fantastic concept, and a fascinating book!"—Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

About the Author

Sean Aiken graduated from Capilano College in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with a degree in business administration in 2005. At the top of his class, with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, he was voted class valedictorian. He started the One- Week Job project in February 2007, at age twenty- five, and finished his 52 weeks in March 2008.

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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE 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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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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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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