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Test-Drive Your Dream Job: 04/03/08
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?
Yeah, those considerations are important. Hard to test-drive a dream job when your current not-so-dreamy job is paying the bills! A fiction book I'm reading now is irritating me because I don't think the author could possibly have had an actual job before. The characters just up and take month-long trips any time, with no apparent effect on their careers. When one character gets a job, he and his girlfriend stay in a nice hotel for weeks before even starting to look for a house. Ugh. "
That's the point to test-driving a job. You try the new job during paid vacation from your current job. Then if it turns out to be everything you hoped it would be you can take the next steps to transition from one career to another. "