The remarkable and inspiring true story of one guy who transformed his uncertainty about the future into action.

Inventive and empowering, witty and wise, The One-Week Job Project is a book that will give you the courage to follow your passion. Or, as Mark Twain said, “Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Published by Penguin Random House in 2010.



“A terrific read for young people wondering what to do with their lives, and for anyone looking to change his or her life for the better.”

Keith Ferrazzi

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone

“I can’t say whether Sean Aiken was a good aquarium host or tattoo artist, but I do think he’s very good at one job: writing.”


New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically


“A fresh approach to the long-held idea of ‘trying on’ jobs before you ‘buy’ them.”


New York Times bestselling author of What Color Is Your Parachute?

“The One-Week Job Project will inspire a new generation of young people to stay true to themselves and define their own roads in life.”


Author of Roadtrip Nation


“A life-changing, cross-continental, action-packed adventure. After reading The One-Week Job Project, you’ll know how to get the most extraordinary things out of life, and how to score some choice jobs along the way!”


Author of One Red Paperclip


“Sean shares hilarious stories and valuable advice from mentors in pubs and tattoo parlors, on dairy farms and movie sets, and in kitchens and cubicles. I loved the opportunity to tag along on Sean’s year of career enlightenment without having to sleep on 55 coaches and trek more than 46,000 miles. I think you will too. The One-Week Job Project is a great read and a terrific resource for anyone looking for inspiration on the job.”


Author of Escape from Corporate America