The One-Week Job Project: One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs
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, ...more
I did however love the little facts relating to each job at the start of each chapter, they were ...more
It was also irritating how he did not describe many of the jobs fully - just a paragraph or so - while instead spent numerou ...more
It's not often that I read non-fiction, but I'm glad I did with this one. The first few pages resonated with me, and got me hooked right away. Sean spoke about being a 25 year old, living in his parents' basement, and I immediately thought back to my own life less than a year ago. The book made me re-think some of the important decisions I've made. Am I doing what I love? Should I be doing something else? I thought about myself, and my life. I think Sean made a good point when he spok ...more
- I didn't love all the '15 min of fame' discussed in the book (eg I was on Rachel Ray's show! Good Morning America called!).
- I did love how positive Sean is! ...more
After graduating from college with a business administration degree—and very uncertain about his career path—Aiken embarked on a yearlong journey throughout Canada and the U.S., trying out new jobs for one week at a time and donating all his wages to a charity. It's a bit contrived and by now familiar (A.J. Jacobs has written a shelf of such books), but Aiken is an appealing guinea pig. Readers expecting a meditation on work (or working at all during a recession, let alon...more
In general, I applaud the author's initiative to think up this venture and the tenacity and hard work that was put in to follow this through. What I wish was also addressed in this book, however, was not just the typical twenty-year old's quarter-life crisis in trying to figure out w ...more
In this book, Sean takes you on a journey. When you first pick it up, you may only be expecting a detailed list of each job, what he learned from the job, and whether or not he liked it, But there is SO much more.
Sean takes you through a journey. One that involves love, pain, difficult truths, wisdom, and self discovery. Every page left me wanting mo ...more
The things I learned after reading: at 25 some people still don't know that some jobs require specific training and you can't just try them out for a week ...more
What's unprecedented about this particular five star book (for me) is that it's NON-FICTION.
Yes, I know! Shocking.
You might glean from reading other reviews that this book would be perfect for somebody, perhaps around college age, trying to answer that age-old-question "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Indeed, this book would be perfect for anybody with vague expectations of the future and a blurry concept of "the real world," wondering how to find that ...more
La idea del libro es buena, si no sé qué hacer con mi vida, voy a probar unas cuantas cosas para ver qué me llama más la atención. Lo malo es que el autor no es un gran escritor ni es especialme ...more
The book was mostly about Sean's one year project to try a different job each week to figure out what kind of care he should have. But I found the most interesting part to really be about all of the different people he met along the well and how helpful people were to him along the way. ...more
We are no longer bound by the idea that we get one job and continue doing that same career for the rest of our lives. The way of business and careers has changed and we aren't bound by the old rules anymore. But what holds most of us back is fear of change and fear of fa ...more
Anyway, this one captured my attention because let's face it, I have job-committing issues. I truly believe that you can work and be passionate about it and love it. Should love it anyway. But that it shouldn't consume you.
This book is about a wild guy who graduated from college, traveled for a year, and still didn't have a clue as to what he wanted to do for his work. Lots of preconceived notions abo ...more
I enjoyed reading about all the jobs and what Sean learned along the way. I think what brought this down in ter ...more
Still, it was a pretty cool idea. And I enjoy offbeat life-experiment typ ...more
Writing is decent for a book of this sort. Stories are interesting. I would have been okay with hearing less about his love life and more about so ...more
The book felt a little more like a blog than a story, although he definitely made efforts to introduce a storyline into th ...more