In 2008, college grad Sean Aiken didn’t know what to do for a career. Rather than take the first job that came along, he set out to work 52 jobs in 52 weeks. In 2010, he published a book “The One-Week Job Project” and released the feature-length documentary (OWJ, 2016).
From finishing college to applying for jobs and later finding the perfect job, you might encounter quite a sinuous route. In order to ease down the process, here are some inspirational words and practical advice to guide your search, as told by Sean Aiken.
‘In the 8th grade … I realised that it doesn’t matter what you are learning, it’s actually about figuring out how to get the teacher to give you a good grade … This [process] continued right through college, right up until I graduated the business degree top of my class, 4.0 GPA. It wasn’t until graduation day that it hit me: I knew nothing. I knew nothing about myself or what I wanted to do with my life. So at that time, my dad gave me some advice; he said: It doesn’t matter what you do, whatever it is, just make sure it’s something you are passionate about.’
‘From exploring volcanoes as a park ranger in Hawaii, to choosing a spring fashion line as a fashion buyer in New York, introducing songs as a radio DJ in Toronto. I tried them all. Firefighter, reporter, stock trader, yoga instructor, NHL mascot, advertising executive, baker … whether recently graduated from college or later on in our career facing any major transition, at some point in our life, we must look deep inside and ask ourselves: What do I want to do with my life? What is my gift? What contribution do I want to make to the world? If we don’t genuinely explore these questions, we risk looking back with regret.’
‘The people who are most passionate about their work are the ones who are connected to the meaning behind it. The actual job isn’t as nearly as important as the relationship with it.’
So, in your search for the perfect job try to put together a list of things that you are passionate about and look out for the opportunities which would allow you to combine business with pleasure! It will not only bring you the financial rewards, but you might end up actually enjoying what you are doing.
© Ioana-Alexandra Tache
Video by Ted Talks