The British Columbia native sought to work 52 jobs, one each week for an entire year, to find his true calling. The results can be see in the DIY documentary “One Week Job.”
At the risk of sounding like my father, I expected to hate this Aiken guy and, therefore, the film, because this blond-haired white kid from middle-class Canada sports dreadlocks. Unless you’re applying for a job in a jam band, a drug cartel or a Steven Seagal movie, employers are going to see that and think, “Next!”
While I never got used to his hair, I got used to Aiken, because I give him credit for sticking to a complex, exhausting schedule wrought with challenges and question marks. Among his temporary gigs are bungee jump operator, veterinary assistant, B&B innkeeper, radio DJ, trade show salesman, aquarium host, pest control inspector, stock trader, fashion buyer, baker, film producer, real estate agent, motivational speaker, preschool teacher, park ranger, NHL mascot and firefighter.
Only on a few jobs do we see anything but a snippet of him at work, if that. I mean, Aiken’s already on week nine before the film’s nine-minute mark is hit. “One Week Job” is more about the overall journey and less on the day-to-day details; it even works in a long-distance relationship with a too-cute blonde he meets along the way.
In the end, the doc is pretty inspiring, and recommended not only to college students, but adults unhappy in their current position. It imparts a terrific message: Find yourself first, and pursue your passion. When you love your work, it doesn’t feel like work. —Rod Lott