Mar 17, 2010

The One-Week Job Project by Sean Aiken (Review)

When Sean Aiken graduated from college, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life—so he decided to try everything. Thus began the one-week job project, in which Sean would work a different job each week for a year.

Sean's remarkable journey took him across North America working as a bungee jump operator, tattoo artist, aquarium guide, advertising executive, brewmaster, and cancer fundraiser. In each new job, he learned not only about himself but also about the people around him, finding out what drives people to choose a certain career, what makes them successful, and, more importantly, what makes them happy.

Over the course of his year on the road, Sean learned more about work, friendship, love, and life than he ever imagined. This honest, hilarious, inspiring account is a must-read for anyone who’s ever asked themselves, “What should I do with my life?”

Check out Sean's blog at

One Week Job: The Documentary from Ian MacKenzie on Vimeo.


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".

Thank you to Penguin Group (Canada) for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Book: Paperback
ISBN 9780143170518
Publish date: 06 Apr 2010
Penguin Canada


  1. I am definitely getting this book for my daughter!!! She is a a sr. in high school and does not have any idea what she wants to do after college but she's got colleges begging her to come there, offering full load scholarships...aargh!!! what's a momma to do?!?!

    sounds like a fantastic read!!! thanks for the great review at the perfect time!

  2. Oooh, that sounds fun! I should do that. Except, I don't think I could come up with 52 different things to try in my small town. Hmm.