Sunday, April 18, 2010
Review: "The One-Week Job Project" by Sean Aiken
What drew me to this book in the first place was the fact that Sean is someone who I could relate to. He's the same age as I am, a Canadian (go, Canada!), and he grew up watching the same after-school specials on TV. He's relatable. He also spent much of his time in University asking "What do I want to be when I grow up?". Many people have asked themselves this same question, myself included. It's so scary to think that once you're done school you need to choose one career, and do it for the rest of your life. What if you hate it? What if you're bored all the time and constantly watching the clock? Are you just stuck there for the rest of your life? Sean attempts to answer this question in his travels, and I love that he did some jobs with people who had abandoned their initial careers to take on a new one- something that didn't necessarily earn them tons of money, but that they loved doing. It was interesting that he included multiple perspectives on such a controversial concept.
I did have a few small problems with the book. Some of his jobs are glossed over and only briefly described. I'm sure that this was in the interest of keeping the book a managable length, but I would have loved to know more. I would have enjoyed hearing more about dairy farming, or the week that he spent as a yoga instructor, or the week that he spent in the general store in cottage country. In exchange I would have been willing to hear less about Sean's budding love interest in Danna- it was a cute story, but really I was there to read about the jobs. I did find some of the week's lack of information disappointing, and craved a little more.
The One-Week Job Project was ultimately an enlightening look at what to do if you don't know what to do when you "grow up". It offered some interesting insights into the world of work as well as the assurance that you don't necessarily need to have everything figured out by the age of 25.
Thank-you to Bronwyn at Penguin Canada for this review copy!
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Memoir lovers, everyone who has ever been asked "what do you want to do when you grow up?" and didn't have the answer
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge 2010