Brian Kurth, Founder Vocation Vacation

February 19, 2008 6:09:46 PM PST
Vocation Vacation is the brainchild of Brian Kurth of Portland.

The program is designed for people who want to try out a "dream job" without risking their regular one. Clients can choose among such outwardly attractive jobs as innkeeper, brewmaster, winemaker, horse trainer, cheesemaker, raceway manager, hunting and fishing guide, professional gardener, pastry chef or chocolatier, based around the country. Kurth said he got the idea while he was stuck in traffic on his Chicago commute and started thinking about his lifestyle. He lost his job in 2001 in the dot-com meltdown and spent six months touring the country. "I was asking myself, 'So what life would I rather lead if I had a choice,'" he said. "I thought that in business many people are too nervous to just leave, but they do have vacations, time to get out of their cubicles, to test the water. I found a lot of people were apologizing for the jobs. They'd say something like, 'Well, I'm an attorney but I'd rather be a ...'"We're featuring dream jobs, jobs anyone can learn to do with a little initiative," he said. "Not fantasy jobs, such as a rock star. You may not be qualified to be a rock star."

Test-Drive Your Dream Job: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Creating the Work You Love

Let's face it; many of us are still trying to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. We may have good jobs that pay the bills, but don't feed our passions or bring meaning to our lives. Some of us may be very happy and fulfilled in our jobs, but we continue to look for experiences that will enrich our lives and feed our dreams. Whether you are looking to change your career or satisfy your curiousity, TEST-DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB (Grand Central Publishing, January 2008) offers you the opportunity to explore that "road not taken."

Yes, you can try your had at the career of your dreams without risking your present job, or your next mortgage payment, or your kids' future. In TEST-DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB, you'll discover how by following a proven step-by-step plan you can identify, explore and experience your dream job, and how or if you want to pursue it.

Vocation Vacations: Places vacationers in "dream jobs" as innkeeper, brewmaster, winemaker, horse trainer, cheesemaker, raceway manager, hunting and fishing guide, professional gardener, pastry chef or chocolatier. Various locations. Packages range from $599 for something simple to about $5,000 for the week in Alaska with an outfitter. Programs are flexible, but most run about two days. Contact www.vocationvacations.com or (866) 888-6329.


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