One Week Job

Synopsis: After graduating from university, Sean Aiken struggled with the question 'What should I do with my life?' His father said to find his passion. Taking the advice to heart, Sean created The One-Week Job Project, with the goal of working 52 jobs in 52 weeks.
Director(s): Ian Mackenzie
Production: Filmworks
80 min

So this is Week 1.

for the next year.

I'm working here

at Whistler Bungee

as a bungee jump operator

this week.

I have no idea where this

project is going to take me

and who I'm going to meet

and what jobs I'm going to do

over the year,

but there comes a point where

you just gotta take the leap.

Four, three, two, one.


Look around

What a mess

Anybody's guess

But here goes somethin'

Yeah, here goes somethin'

Yeah, here goes


When I graduated from college,

I wasn't confident at all

in terms of what career

I wanted.

I had no idea, really.

I don't think

there's anything

that really stood out

in my mind

as to

what I really wanted to do.

I looked at school...

as if something I had to do.

I didn't really know

why I was doing it,

it's just that

this is what you do.

Most of the time when you see

grown-ups, they're working.

You will grow up someday.

What do you want to be

when you grow up?

Here I was graduating,

highest GP of my class,


and all these people had these

high expectations of me

and saw this potential in me,

but I had no idea

where to put that potential.

Right now, I think

a lot of people

are coming out of school

with no clue

whether the degree

they just took

really applies

to their interests

and really

what can they do with it.

The problem is

people get in careers

and they wind up in their 40s

working 50 weeks out of the year

for a 2-week vacation

in a job they don't like,

but they're afraid.

I think he was afraid

that maybe he'd make

the wrong choices

or that he would end up

settling into a career

that he didn't like.

I became really depressed

and down about it,

and everything

just felt so routine

and as if I was going

through the motions.

That's when I thought back

to my final year of college.

We were sitting around

the dining room table

with my family,

and each one of them

had a different idea

of the career path

I should choose,

except my dad,

and he said "It doesn't matter

what you do,

just make sure it's something

you're passionate about.

I've been alive

nearly 60 years

and I've yet to find something

that I'm passionate about

besides your mother,"

and that was something

that really stuck with me.

Pursuing a career

and earning a living

takes up a lot of your time.

If you can be happy doing that,

you know, it speaks for itself.

We are told so much growing up,

"Find your passion,

and that is the secret."

Find something that you're

passionate about.

Follow your passion.

Passion. Your passion.

Passion. Passion.

If you can,

go with your passion.

And once you do that,

everything will fall into place,

the money will come,

the happiness will come.

But how do you go about

finding your passion?

Get active and be proactive

about doing something.

If you don't know what to do,

well, don't, you know,

just sit around

and wonder what to do.

Do something.

I started looking

through classifieds

and job descriptions,

and I realized I had no idea

what the job

would actually be like,

so I thought,

well, what if I could try out

these different jobs?

Here's my idea:

I'd work 52 jobs in 52 weeks

to find my passion.

Along the way, I'd learn

about the different jobs

and ask my employers

how they found their passion.

Every day I went to the library

to prepare content

for the website...

things like why I was doing it,

how to offer me a job,

and then

all my background information.

I asked my employers

to donate all my wages

to a charity aimed

at eliminating child poverty.

I had a few hundred dollars

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