One Week Job
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Barring those few who inherit a large enough sum of $$$ to never have to work in their life, most of us are stuck working... and working for many, MANY years of our life.
If you're going to be spending soo much of your life working, you should find what you enjoy doing.
While the documentary doesn't tell me what *I* would enjoy, it's inspiring to watch -- wish I had watched this when I was younger to help guide my career choice -- specifically to not limit myself to a specific track (that I didn't know much about) and become somewhat locked-in.
Of course, most young people "know everything" already... Even so, I would highly recommend anyone in high-school (and even in college) to watch this.
The protagonist, Sean Aiken, is exceptionally likable and compelling, but the very nature of his quest (which was to take 52 jobs -- one each week -- over the course of a year) made it impossible to gain any in-depth perspective on any of his individual jobs. Aiken also didn't gain sponsorship until the second week of his journey, which is particularly unfortunate, because he was probably at his most vulnerable and frightened during his first few days away from home. But my biggest complaint is the romance angle, which seemed utterly unnecessary to the program. It was difficult enough to provide meaningful coverage of all of the jobs that Sean was doing, so spending time on his relationship with his girlfriend back home only detracted from the journey.
I always find it compelling to watch a young person chasing his or her dreams, and I feel like I would have loved this project had it been a television show. It's easy to envision a cable program akin to Dirty Jobs, lasting 26 weeks, covering two jobs per episode -- that would have been amazing. Unfortunately, we only get a shallow scoop of everything. We get a little bit of Sean; a tiny morsel of his relationships with his girlfriend, his assistant, and his family; a little piece of each job. I'm aware that this same material is available in book form for those of us who are interested in a bit more depth. I'm eager to pick it up. If you already enjoy the book, I'm confident that this documentary would be wonderful as supplementary material. But on its own, the DVD just doesn't offer quite enough to make it worthwhile.
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Good idea, but not enough detail is given about each job to make this a truly interesting documentary. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jennifer Piggott
This is the kind of movie that sounds like a great experiment (unless you consider the fact that the guy is pretty much the most useless employee on the planet) but the entire... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Rac A. Powsky