Okay, if I didn't already have my dream job, I'd be giving serious thought to this opportunity created by a corporate dropout named Brian Kurth who figured out that there may be a way to help a few other good souls wrestling with a career change try on their fantasy career for size.
Several years ago as a guy who wanted to leave teaching and go formally into the architectural field, I tried my own test-drive by going to Harvard's Graduate School of Design"Career Discovery" 6-week summer program that surrounded me with 300 colleagues from 17 to 70 that were considering similar questions. From personal experience I can tell you that 'experience' made all the difference and truly changed my life.
Thus, let's turn your head to the wonder of Vocation Vacations where Brian offers all-comers the chance to "test-drive their careers":
Let's face it, most of us spend the majority of our waking moments at work -- and yet few of us are actually doing work that we're passionate about. But who says it has to be that way?
At VocationVacations®, we believe "work" can be much, much more than just a four-letter word. That's why we've made it our business to offer everyone the chance to test-drive the job of their dreams -- completely risk-free!
This is the part of the pitch I love:
Whether your inner voice is telling you to go find your true calling or you're simply curious about a career change, VocationVacations® can help. Our one-of-a-kind holiday adventures are empowering people everywhere to realize their dreams not only in work, but in life.
While on your VocationVacations® holiday, you'll work alongside an expert mentor who shares your passion and will offer invaluable insights into your dream career. You'll also receive two free sessions with a VocationVacations-approved Life/Career Coach.
- Great reading suggestions, to get your mind working/trainingahead of time.
- And some interesting press releases that will also be of value if you become even more interested, or you can simply come borrow my wife's copy of this month's People magazine to read up on it.
- Check out these Vocation Vacation options. My favorites include: Baseball team manager, bootmaker, hot rod manufacturer, pet detective, and tea house owner.
- Or even better, maybe you want to be a VV Mentor and offer someone insight into your field/expertise. A thought!
Now, if anyone can name the connection to the 'future of learning' in 5 seconds, I'll give you a Vocation Vacation here at "think:lab".