Sean Aiken

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Between February 2007 and March 2008, Sean Aiken completed an epic journey around North America, working 52 jobs in 52 weeks.

Sean graduated from Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with a degree in business administration in 2005. At the top of his class, with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, he was voted class valedictorian. After graduation, Sean struggled to answer the question, “What should I do with my life?” Instead of taking the first job that came along, he found a unique way of figuring it out: The One Week Job Project.

How it worked: Anyone, anywhere, could offer Sean a job for one week. Any money he earned for the work, he asked the employer to donate to charity. He travelled all over the world working 52 jobs in 52 weeks. In total, Sean raised $20,401.60.

On his inspirational quest, Sean tried everything: bungee instructor, dairy farmer, advertising executive, baker, stock trader, firefighter and more. Wherever he could find work, he’d go there, find a couch to crash on and immerse himself in whatever profession was at hand. And then he’d move on.

The media covered the story extensively. The New York Times, Rachael Ray, Good Morning America, CNN, 20/20, CBC Newsworld, FOX News and countless other outlets covered the story.

Yahoo.com sent over 30,000 visitors to the website www.oneweekjob.com in under an hour (crashing the server in the process). Publishers opted for Sean’s upcoming book, which was released in spring 2010.

Sean realized he hadn’t started on his own journey. He’d started a movement. Thousands of people began following his journey, looking to him for inspiration in their own lives. They commented on the website, wrote about the journey on their blogs. College students were relieved to find others uncertain of their careers. Baby boomers wrote how they’d found the courage to change their jobs, or go back to school and discover their passions once again.

Now at the end of his journey, it’s time to share the complete story and the lessons learned along the way.