50 Jobs in 50 States

50 Jobs in 50 States

One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America

Book - 2011
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Like lots of college grads, Daniel Seddiqui was having a hard time finding a job. But despite more than forty rejections, he knew there were opportunities out there. So he set out on an extraordinary quest- fifty jobs in fifty states in fifty weeks. And not just any jobs. His goal was as much to explore America as to explore different careers, so he chose jobs that reflected the culture and economy of each state.

Working as everything from a cheesemaker in Wisconsin, a border patrol agent in Arizona and a meatpacker in Kansas to a lobsterman in Maine, a surfing instructor in Hawaii and a football coach in Alabama, Daniel chronicles how he adapted to the wildly differing people, cultures, and environments. From one week to the next he had no idea what he'd be doing, where he'd be sleeping, what he'd be eating, or how he'd be received. He even became a roving news item, appearing on CNN, Fox News, World News Tonight, MSNBC and the Today Show-which was good preparation for his stint as a TV weatherman.

Tackling challenge after challenge-overcoming anxiety about working four miles underground in a West Virginia coalmine, learning to walk on six-foot stilts (in a full Egyptian king costume) at an Florida amusement park, racing the clock as a pit-crew member at an Indiana racetrack -Daniel completed his journey a changed man. In this book he shares stories about the people he met, the lessons he learned and explains the five principles that kept him going.
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781605098258
Branch Call Number: 331.70209/SEDDIQUI
Characteristics: xix, 274 p, : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Fifty jobs in fifty states


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Feb 26, 2016

In 2008, Seddiqui finds himself newly graduated from college and unable to find a job. After countless resumes, a few interviews, and a couple of gigs as a volunteer athletic coach, he decides to take his fate in his own hands. His scheme is to work a different job every week in a different state. The goal is to work a job most representative of the state's economy. During the eventful, often surprising, year, Seddiqui discovers that America is made up of many, many subcultures. The jobs range from South Dakota rodeo announcer to Oregon logger to West Virginia coal miner with everything in between. During the journey, he sheds a girlfriend, discovers that he hates office work, and finds a bigger world outside the social media world of his native California. He is now self-employed as a motivational speaker.

Feb 22, 2016

Great read for young people looking to gain experience and learn how to build confidence in fields that you're uncomfortable in. Inspirational read for all.

May 15, 2015

I read this book a couple of times and each time found it more adventurous, inspiring and lessons to learn. I think it is specially a good read for young graduates or even people who are still in school trying to decide and choose a career

VV5 Feb 05, 2015

This is an incredibly fun read!

Many college graduates find themselves being unemployed or underemployed after earning their degrees. Author Daniel Seddiqui found himself in this boat too. After struggling to find more than minimum wage, part-time seasonal work, he decided to make a very drastic goal for himself: work 50 jobs in 50 states… in 50 weeks!

When he wasn’t working on a job, he was working to line up his next job, or driving to his next job. It was a very intense process! He worked jobs in each state that were representative of the region. For example, he was: a lobsterman in Maine; a national park service ranger in Wyoming; and a coal miner in West Virginia. Talk about variety (check out his LinkedIn page for a full list—or better yet, just read the book)!

Though I read this a few years ago, I remember his writing being excellent. I can still remember reading about when he worked as a sugar maker in Vermont, and the vivid descriptions he made of the rich smells where the syrup was processed. He infuses his writing with humor and as well as angst (I can’t imagine such a hectic life being anything other than a struggle!). He really brings the reader along with him on his adventure, and manages to impart some hope along the way for those who find themselves chronically un/under employed.

This would be a great non-fiction book for someone who would normally avoid non-fiction.

Aug 01, 2011

This was a very interesting book. He is very adventurous. A good book for those who are wondering what to do with their lives.


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