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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446698881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446698887
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is far more than a collection of motivational quotes. Test-Drive Your Dream Job offers concrete examples and practical solutions for the disenchanted. Highly recommended!"—Curledup.com

"Throughout the book, Kurth and co-writer Robin Simons provide a step-by-step guide to finding mentors on the way to one's eventual dream job. Kurth also tackles the tough issues, such as what to do when your dream career isn't everything you thought it would be, leaving you feeling directionless and shattered. Or how to talk things out with a family member who's not feeling quite so psyched about all the risk associated with the career move you're considering"—Selfhelpme.net

Test-Drive Your Dream Job is both an engrossing chronicle of Kurth's journey to creating his own dream job and a sourcebook for those who can't afford a mentoring fee or would prefer to set up a test-drive themselves. The book delivers by offering lists of questions to ask potential mentors; charts to help in establishing an action plan; and reality-checks about
money, health insurance and the impact a life-change might have on your relationships. Anecdotes about successful dreamers are inspiring, while profiles of those who needed a dream-adjustment demonstrate the importance of taking action: Regardless of the result, you'll have useful experience and information. Kurth notes that many of us accept the ordinary because we've been conditioned to, but it's OK to want something different or better. Really.—Bookpage

"The book describes the vocations/jobs that some of his clients have tried out. They have been as diverse as opening a bakery to becoming a dog trainer. Some have blossomed into successful careers. Others have discovered that the realities of their dream job were more like a nightmare. So trying out the career move saved some real agony in the long run." -—Armchairinterviews.com

"You can make money and love your job. However, be smart about any job transitions. Read this book first! Life is too short to waste on a job that makes you miserable."—Reviewyourbook.com

"Once you experience your dream job, it allows you to be your true self all the time ... Brian Kurth has tapped into today's pervasive career zeitgeist with ...Test-Drive Your Dream Job."—Thirdage.com

"Wouldn't it be fabulous to be able to try on a profession or "vocation" before putting enormous time, effort and money into it?! Well, folks, we have a new GREAT RESOURCE in VOCATION VACATIONS!"—Workpassionportal.com

"The mix of candor, concrete advice and real-life stories adds up to a must-read for those who are ready to shove aside the status quo and take a chance at a more satisfying career."

USA Today

"TEST-DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB by Brian Kurth, and It's Not A Glass Ceiling, It's Sticky A Floor by Rebecca Shambaugh. I would suggest you go to your nearest library or bookstore and get those books. Any major change in life should begin with research, and those books are a good place to start."—Wellpast50.blogs.com

"VocationVacations offers short-term pay for mentoring opportunities in various occupations. While the book is in part an advertisement for Kurth's company, it also shows how you can explore new careers on your own."—Lifetwo.com

"This revolutionary, hands-on program from the founder of VocationVacations will help you mesh your working life with your deepest sense of self as you learn how to plan a vocation vacation in any career; build the skills and gather the knowledge you'll need to embark on your new career; overcome the fear of changing careers; transition into a dream job without risking your job or jeopardizing your financial stability; turn a layoff or other involuntary career change into the opportunity of a lifetime; design and create a dream job that doesn't exist yet; manage a smooth, safe transition from your present job into your dream job; and minimize financial risk as you embark on your bold new life."—The Sunday Oregonian

"If you have ever worked at a job that you hated, you know how downtrodden you can get. Finding your dream job always seems like an arm's length away, but it doesn't have to be that way. This book lays out the step by step path that you need to create your dream job. Inspiration abounds within the pages of this book."—Laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com

About the Author

Brian Kurth is the founder and president of VocationVacations, a travel company based in Portland, Oregon that lets people try out their fantasy jobs in a low-risk way -- while they are on vacation from their real work.

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Brian's book is the best how-to book on the market!
J. Lee
Great insight into how to go about finding a mentor - which I feel is one of the most important steps before actually making a career change!
A. Morrongiello
Kurth's book, well written, full of examples, and supported by his own personal story, is a great read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a retired professor of Counseling Psychology I spent many years teaching vocational development to M.S. and Ph.D. students. My own dissertation and the first 12 years of my research was about vocational development. Brian's book is the best how-to book on the market! Not just in changing vocations but the process of choosing a career for beginners. If I were still teaching, his book would be one of my required texts. It is so clear and well laid out with all the essential how-to's it would be must reading. The anecdotal cases make the whole process vivid and real for the reader and searcher. The whole idea is fantastic for those who always wanted to try something different. At age 70 I am not inclined to try a new vocation. But, I did try a vacation experience with Brian's company that was fantastic.

We live in FL and summer in WI. I found a VocationVaction just down the road from our WI residence - Sword Making at Albion Swords! I spent two days learning how to make and making my own 15th century sword! My mentor and I had a lot of common background and I got to learn how they make museum quality medieval swords. Brian's company isn't just for wanting to change vocations but also for those who always wanted to try something.

This book is one of the best how-to books I have seen and there are a lot of them in the popular psychology genre.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Morrongiello on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Inspirational, educational, entertaining, great testimonials and stories. Terrific fast read for anyone contemplating career change or needing inspiration to make change in their lives. I have read many books about career change and this was one of the best and most inspirational out there! Great step by step process that can be easily followed----but the stories are what make it real and achievable. Great insight into how to go about finding a mentor - which I feel is one of the most important steps before actually making a career change! A must read...
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
In 2004 Brian Kurth launched an innovative company he called Vocation Vacations. The company helps people who are considering career changes to "test-drive" the dream job before signing on the bottom line to commit to a new life. Test-Drive Your Dream Job is the story of how his new venture came about and also the stories of others who have tried his vocation vacations with varying results.

Kurth's plan to start this type of business came as the result of fantasizing while making a 90-minute commute to work each day in Chicago. He was daydreaming about all of the kinds of jobs he wished he had rather than the one he was headed to. While waiting in traffic he thought up the name Vocation Vacations, and almost on a whim, registered the domain name. Eight years later he started his new company.

The book describes the vocations/jobs that some of his clients have tried out. They have been as diverse as opening a bakery to becoming a dog trainer. Some have blossomed into successful careers. Others have discovered that the realities of their dream job were more like a nightmare. So trying out the career move saved some real agony in the long run.

While interesting in part, I found the book a bit simplistic. Kurth seems to think he is giving readers all of the tools they would need to leave an unsatisfying job and move into a "career for which they feel a deep sense of passion and purpose." But nearly all of his examples are well-educated members of the corporate world who are bored with the day-to-day work.

He tends to romanticize the "joys" of small business ownership, but assumes a lifestyle that doesn't have multiple financial responsibilities.

I just couldn't take his methodology seriously. And the book dragged on too long for a light look at how to find the perfect job.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ZoeChloeB on January 6, 2008
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TEST DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB

There are hundreds (thousands?) of career development and self-help books out there, but not enough that offer something new and fresh - and include a clear plan. This is one of the best books I have read in this genre. The individual stories are inspiring and relatable.

Brian Kurth has come up with a brilliant road map for going from making a living to making a life. This book is user-friendly - he isn't talking down to us, he's been there himself.

Most of us approach a career change with the same joy we have for say, root canal and Kurth generously provides us with a plan that could and should be stimulating, interesting and dare I say - FUN? This innovative approach of "test-driving" one's dream job makes so much sense. It takes the information interview to a whole new level.

I was always taught that "you need good information to make a good decision" and this book totally tells you how to get that information you will need - from assessing your own needs and goals, to what a particular job might entail.

Truly one of the best resources out there. I'm glad it's in paperback - because I'm not willing to part with my copy and I know several friends who I need to buy this for!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Sammis on April 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Test-Drive Your Dream Job is one of the most enjoyable business how-to books I've read. Brian Kurth relates his personal experiences of creating his own dream job (creating Vocation Vacations) and is honest about the pitfalls such a change can take. Certainly Kurth would probably love to get new clients from his book but advertising doesn't seem to be the main point behind the book. Kurth's enthusiasm is for helping people find the perfect job no matter where one is in life or career.

Test-Drive Your Dream Job at 256 pages is the perfect length to read through in one or two sittings. The basic idea behind the book is the importance of finding a mentor and then "test-driving" the new job with a mentor's guidance. As it happens, that's exactly the service that Vocation Vacations offers but one could easily follow the steps of the book without hiring Kurth's company.

There are many check lists and how-to scenarios to help readers through the process of finding a mentor. There are sample letters, emails and telephone scripts to help readers make it through the process of researching the dream job, finding prospective mentors, hooking up a with a mentor and following through with the test-drive.

Changing jobs isn't easy and Kurth relates his own experience on how the process of setting up Vocation Vacations paid on his personal life. Before jumping into a new career, take the time to consider the ramifications: how will the bills be paid, how does your family feel about it, what happens if the new career doesn't work out?
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