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Order TEST-DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB: A Step-By-Step Guide To Finding & Creating The Work You Love (Hachette Group USA, 2008) by VocationVacations founder, Brian Kurth.
TEST DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB is a revolutionary and practical guide to finding and creating the work you love. Yes, you can try your hand at the career of your dreams without risking your present job, your next mortgage payment, or your kids’ future. In Test Drive Your Dream Job, you’ll discover how career mentorship can be the first step toward making that dream come true.
Here's what people are saying:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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 VOCATIONVACATIONS!"
"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."
"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."
"I like the concept of a VocationVacation a lot."
"It's kind of cool. You spend your vacation not at Disney World or the beach, but "working" in a field you always dreamed of entering. You find out if it's really as wonderful as you thought and what it would take to pursue it."
"You don't have to quit your nine-to-five job to pursue your dream job. Obligations and concerns may take you down a less-than-direct path. It may take months, not weeks….years, not months. If you are patient and creative, you can keep your career transition moving forward. The vocationing process will get you from Point A to Point B."
"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."
"I had read about a new trend of 'working' vacations and just assumed it meant working on vacation, and as a travel writer, I'm a big advocate of mixing travel with work as much as possible. You might as well get paid to hang-out in a museum and tell someone else about it. But VocationVacations takes it a step above and beyond, introducing otherwise unexplored careers to the travelers. In essence, it allows you to test-drive a career for a week and assess your interests and skills."