Job Camp: How to Walk a Mile in Your Dream Career

New York Times (02/20/07) ; Villano, Matt

Portland, Ore.’s VocationVacations allows people curious about starting new careers to spend time trying out those jobs. The firm sells immersions of between one and three days in 110 jobs, and the experiences are a combination of getting away and career development. Brian Kurth, VocationVacations’ president, founded the business three years ago; since then, almost 1,000 clients have paid between $399 and $1,999 for a possibly life-altering experience. A client calls or logs onto the firm’s Web site and chooses a job, and the company then links clients with participating “mentors,” who are small-business owners who receive part of the fee. VocationVacations employees have independent career coaches speak with clients about their expectations and long-term objectives. In certain cases, the clients observe their mentors at work, while other times, mentors immediately place clients in daily routines. Former real estate agent Jessica Caulfield enrolled in a vocation vacation with New York retail fashion purchaser Global Purchasing Cos., and spent a couple of days accompanying clothes buyers on their rounds. Caulfield launched her own women’s clothing boutique in Hoboken, N.J., a few months later.


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