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How to find a job you love by Alain de Botton

Why do some people follow their career dreams and others get stuck in a job they never intended to do and resent on a daily basis?

Alain de Botton has spent the last two years researching an eclectic range of occupations, from rocket science to biscuit manufacture, accountancy to art – in search of what makes jobs either fulfilling or soul-destroying.

To mark the publication of his new book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain will be at The Hub - hotbed of social and creative entrepreneurship - to interview six people who have followed their working dreams. He’ll ask what combination of luck and determination has got them to where they are now, what exactly they do all day and what it is about their work that really gives them pleasure. After the talk, there is opportunity to ask questions and meet the participating speakers.


Olivier Geoffroy - furniture-maker and founder of Unto This Last

Mark Miodownik - materials engineer and founder of the Materials Library

Amy Wear and Gail Downey - fashion designers and founders of Weardowney

Richard Reynolds – guerrilla gardener

Oliver Rowe – chef and founder of Konstam restaurant

Jonathan Robinson – founder of The Hub (TBC)


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Date and Time:

3 April 2009 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Hub Kings Cross
34b York Way
N1 9AB

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