Media Mentions

Weather Man For Global Morning News

I had an interview with Global Morning News in Montreal last Friday, and when we had finished the interview the reporter asked if I wanted to work with them for the next five minutes and do the weather. So, directly from the interview, I proceeded to walk through the studio to the green screen where the Weather Girl showed me how it worked and was openly flirting with me on air. Pretty funny! Anyways, here it is:

I am working on editing the video footage I took from this week; hopefully will have it up sometime today. I think it will do a better job at explaining what I was up to this week rather than a simple blog post.

This is what I got to wear at work yesterday. Well, at least I looked the part.

Week Fifteen - Sauvers Sauvage 021

This weekend I am heading to Ottawa for Canada's birthday! If you are going to be there too, give me a shout.


Globe and Mail Column - 06/26/07

It has been an interesting experience so far writing for the Globe, a little bit challenging but I am thankful for the experience nonetheless. Here is my most recent column that was in the "Careers" section yesteday (Wednesday):

As mom might have said: Honesty's the best policy

June 27, 2007

MONTREAL -- Another Monday morning, another new city, another first day on the job. I put on my only suit, took out a map and hopped the Metro for the office of Venatus Conseil Ltd., an executive recruiting firm in downtown Montreal. Thirty minutes later, I was sitting across the table from the company's president, Nathalie Francisci, discussing my career journey and the subject of careers in general.

It was the 14th week of my project to try out a new job every week in communities across Canada. It is my way of discovering what attributes of a career I will find appealing - essentially, to find the kind of job that will be a good fit for me. Ironically, I had landed at a headhunter - a firm that normally tries to fit a candidate to the job.

Working here, I observed the career search from a different perspective - reviewing job descriptions, searching the firm's database for qualified candidates, observing initial telephone interactions; I even sat in on a couple of face-to-face interviews. In the process, I learned a valuable lesson that can apply to both sides of the process: honesty is the best policy. It may seem like a no-brainer, and deep down I probably already knew it, but being honest with ourselves in what we seek in our employment - and then being honest about that with prospective employers - will save everyone a lot of grief in the long run. Honesty was something that guided Ms. Francisci when she began Venatus Conseil about 10 years ago. At the time, she recently had had a child and was working part-time from home, mainly in recruitment and human resources consulting for companies on a contractual basis.

Although she enjoyed this work, she knew that she did not want to become a stay-at-home mom and felt that she needed to work in a professional business environment. In her search for a new career, she was honest with herself in defining what she would need in order to be happy. By taking the time to do this, she says it became clear that she had already found her ideal situation - she was already making a living doing what she loved and so the decision to start a headhunting firm was an easy one.

I now realize the honesty that allowed Ms. Francisci to recognize the right fit for her is crucial. We must be honest with ourselves in asking the question: "What are the characteristics of a career that will make me happy?" I couldn't really answer that question last spring when I graduated from a business college in North Vancouver. But over the past four months, having held down a number of different jobs, I have been learning something new each week that is helping me to answer that question.

For instance, after working with a software company in Vancouver for a week, I quickly realized that an office environment is not for me. Looking out the window, I couldn't help but think of all the other places I would rather be and how I would go insane if I had to come to the same desk day after day, week after week ... I now see that I will need to be in a career in which a significant amount of time is spent travelling to different locations, meeting people face to face, and using the office simply as a home base.

I have also learned that I enjoy being presented with new challenges; indeed, by the time Thursday comes around, I am already looking forward to the following Monday for what awaits in my next One Week Job.

Almost two months ago in Edmonton I was presented with the challenge of teaching a yoga class. It was nerve-wracking, I had never visited a yoga studio before; yet, I was excited as I saw it as another opportunity to challenge myself and learn something new.

Later, as a lift operator at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, I enjoyed the constant interaction with new people. I am now convinced my own ideal career will involve meeting, sharing, and discussing ideas with a variety of people.

But, in identifying these characteristics, it is not enough to be honest with ourselves - that honesty must also extend to our potential employer. This is something I learned last week at Venatus.

A candidate that the firm had placed only a couple months earlier was having difficulty with the employer. At first, it seemed to be a good fit - the candidate had the required experience, her personality seemed to complement the companies' corporate culture and both candidate and client reported they were happy. But an issue cropped up: It seems there was a conflict over the interpretation of what was meant by "some" travel required in the job. It turned out that the candidate has a family and was not willing to travel often. This was not clearly expressed in the interview stages and, as a result, a perfect fit was not made. Although I now recognize that honesty plays an integral role in finding my ideal career, I still have the task of identifying the characteristics that would make up this particular career. And so, I am committed to keep on searching, one job a week.

Sean Aiken will write occasionally about his career-discovery journey as he takes on a new job each week across Canada. He is also blogging about his experience (and taking job offers) at www.

Global National Interview

Here is a segment that was aired last night on Global National. They did a really great job with it!

It has been a pretty busy week and I have not yet had the time to write about how my week finished up with Venatus Conseil Ltd. Talent Brokers. I am hoping to do that tomorrow, although I just decided at the last minute that I am going to go to Toronto for the weekend as Monday is a holiday here in Quebec.

If you live in Toronto and want to meet up, give me a call!


A Globe & Mail Columnist

As of tomorrow, I will officially be able to call myself a columnist for the Globe and Mail. I will writing a column for the Globe and Mail in the Careers section every second Wednesday about my experiences with One Week Job and what I am learning throughout the journey.

I am excited about the opportunity as it gives me another way to share what I am learning to a broad audience. Also, because it forces me to stop and think about what I am taking away from the experience. I have found that it can easily become distracting getting caught up with everything, that I don't take the time to reflect on what I am learning.

My first column comes out in the Careers Section of tomorrows paper, Wednesday, June 13.

Pick up a copy and let me know what you think!


A Maclean's Magazine Newsmaker

I guess I have been making enough news with One Week Job that Macleans Magazine felt I should be labelled as one of their newsmakers of the week which I thought was pretty cool. The article was published in this past weekends edition. My best friends wedding on Saturday went well despite the weather not fully cooperating. I wasn't too sure if I would get choked up in giving my best man speech. I thought that perhaps I might get more caught up on doing a good job and how I was coming across rather than actually being in the present moment. Well there were definitely tears involved and I struggled to get a couple of the lines out, but overall I think that it was well received by everyone.

In terms of an update about what is happening with the potential production of One Week Job as a show, I am still trying to figure out the best way to go about it and decide how I want it to all work out. If you happen to possess a lot of talent with camera work/editing and looking for some adventure, give me a shout.

It was great to be back in Vancouver for my friends wedding this past weekend, though I am excited to be flying out to Quebec this coming Saturday. This week I am hoping to get some meetings done and sort out the production stuff before heading out again.


Dead Air And Day Dreaming

I had an interview with CBC Radio in Vancouver, BC yesterday which turned out to be quite hilarious. I guess it had been a while since I was back in Vancouver having to drive into the downtown area and so underestimated the time it would take. I was running just over 5 minutes late for my in studio interview. When I arrived I was a little out of breath and rushed, but had a few minutes to relax before the interview. I suppose I did too good of a job relaxing and as the host was in the process of introducing myself, One Week Job, and asking me a question, I must have began dreaming because when I came back to reality I heard only the last words of her question: "...everything Sean?" And she had an expecting look on her face patiently awaiting my response.

I had absolutely no clue what the question was and so responded with, "yeah everything," in hopes that she would continue on with the next question. I found out from some friends later that the question was something to the effect of: "Sean is trying to figure out what he wants to do for a career, and is so doing everything. What do you mean by everything Sean?" To which I responded, "yeah everything."

Dead air followed and the host stared at me with a perplexed look on her face leading me to believe that I had not answered the question correctly. I still had no clue what she asked me and so decided I would take another shot at it and just began talking about the last few jobs that I have had, finishing my sentence with, "so yeah pretty much everything."

Once I stopped day dreaming the rest of the interview went well, although I wish I had recorded the interview as I would love to hear the opening again! Haha:)

Week Nine - Lake Louise 051I am back in Vancouver now for three weeks as my best friend is getting married May 19th. If you have any job offers for me in Vancouver for the next few weeks or simply want to meet up, give me a call or send me an email.

The week after the wedding, the Gill Deacon Show on CBC Television is flying me out to Toronto for the show and then from there I am off to Quebec and further out East! Anybody know any lobster fisherman?


Long Weekends Are Fun

I am down in Calgary for the long weekend visiting a friend of mine I met in Quebec a few summers back. It is nice to spend some time 'relaxing' after having such a busy week up in Edmonton. I will be back in Edmonton for Week Seven, then I think I will be heading to Calgary or perhaps into Saskatchewan to work on a grain farm. Actually who am I kidding, things seem to change daily with One Week Job, so who really knows where I will be the following week.

Here is an interview I did on CBC Newsworld this week. It was quite funny as I was just talking to the camera in an empty news room, I could only hear the news anchor through my ear piece and there is a slight delay because it was via satellite.