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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 opportunities had to exist. So he set out on an extraordinary quest: fifty jobs in fifty states in fifty weeks. And not just any jobs — he chose professions 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 exactly what his duties would be, where he'd be sleeping, what he'd be eating, or how he'd be received. He 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 television weatherman.

Tackling challenge after challenge — overcoming anxiety about working four miles underground in a West Virginia coal mine, learning to walk on six-foot stilts (in a full Egyptian king costume) at a 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, reveals the lessons he learned, and explains the five principles that kept him going.

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"When Seddiqui didn't get a job after graduating from USC he embarked on an ambitious and potentially illuminating trip across the country with and a single requirement: 'working a job that best represented the culture and economy of the state.' Some jobs were enchanting: 'rodeo announcer' in South Dakota, 'sugar maker' in Vermont, where everything he ate 'involved syrup.' Some jobs were challenging: 'meat packer' in Kansas, 'roustabout' in Oklahoma. Occasionally, Seddiqui makes some interesting observations: 'in Mississippi, it would be awkward to avoid saying hello to passing strangers, in New York, people barely make eye contact.' But mostly, these tales of the road are as flat as tar macadam. For all his exuberance and enthusiasm in locating and procuring jobs, Seddiqui's written accounts lack verve. Despite his ambitious — and successful — undertaking (he parlayed this into a motivational speaking career), the book holds the reader's interest for about as long as each workplace held the author's, which isn't long enough. Illus. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Although not the usual career guide, Seddiqui's look at America through 50 quintessential jobs is both informative and inspiring. Recommended for undergraduate students doing career research and for college career resource centers." Jane Scott, George Fox Univ. Lib., Newberg, OR

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"From guarding the border in Arizona to coping with seasickness while catching lobsters in Maine, [50 Jobs in 50 States]'s memorable anecdotes contribute to an authentic sense of each job and provide an original perspective on the nation's careers." Library Journal

About the Author

Daniel Seddiqui graduated from USC with a BA in Economics in May 2005. But after going on over 40 interviews and receiving no job offers, he decided to try a different strategy — to set out on a journey across the US in which he would work a different job in every state. Daniel successfully completed that journey and has been featured in major media outlets nationwide and internationally. He is currently a speaker and tours the nation speaking to mainly younger university audiences about his experiences and learning.

Table of Contents

Prologue - Believing in My Idea When No One Else Did

Chapter One - Realty Hits But No Turning Back
Chapter Two - Hitting Rock Bottom and Rebounding
Chapter Three - Turning Obstacles into Openings
Chapter Four - Not Just about Me Anymore
Chapter Five - Halfway Point Is Getting Rough
Chapter Six - Hitting My Stride and Taking Control
Chapter Seven - Returning a Different Person
Chapter Eight - New Curves and Bumps in the Road
Chapter Nine - Adapting to New and Different Cultures
Chapter Ten - Hitting Curveballs
Chapter Eleven - Finishing a Journey and Embarking on New Dreams

Epilogue - A Lesson From America

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kknight17, June 14, 2011 (view all comments by kknight17)
Great commentary on the employment system in America! Entertaining too...

Daniel's inspirational story has been featured on local, national, and international news, websites, and other media outlets since the very start of his journey. And having seen some of the videos and articles, I had no doubt that this kid had done something admirable. Daniel had stared right back into the eyes of rejection and said, 'You don't own me.'

I'm glad I picked up a copy of his book, though. Because I thought I knew the story... I thought I knew all there was to know. It's basic: Like many graduates, Daniel can't find a job, so he gets 50. Take that unemployment rate! Good for him. Case closed. ...Turns out, I was wrong.

I read 50 Jobs in 50 States just about a month after it came out. Not only was the book an entertaining read, but I was surprised at how little I really knew about his journey. While taking an active role in making things happen for yourself is a major element to Daniel's message, there is a complex misconception that he is trying to clear up: Building a career is not all about working your way up to earning the biggest corner office with the view in a competitive industry, it's about finding out what atmosphere you can thrive in and what industry you can be passionate about. And about the fact that you're not going to learn what works for you in high school or college. You need to get out in the field, period. And you will most likely head down the wrong path once, twice, or fifty times before you find what it is you're looking for...

See the full review at http://goo.gl/IniXM
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frsmba, January 30, 2011 (view all comments by frsmba)
very inspiring story, a young man journey of making it through hard times in search of job. easy reading
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781605098258
Subtitle:
One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America
Author:
Seddiqui, Daniel
Manufactured by:
Berrett-Koehler
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Subject:
Careers - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
BK Life (Paperback)
Publication Date:
20110307
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Seddiqui didn't get a job after graduating from USC he embarked on an ambitious and potentially illuminating trip across the country with and a single requirement: 'working a job that best represented the culture and economy of the state.' Some jobs were enchanting: 'rodeo announcer' in South Dakota, 'sugar maker' in Vermont, where everything he ate 'involved syrup.' Some jobs were challenging: 'meat packer' in Kansas, 'roustabout' in Oklahoma. Occasionally, Seddiqui makes some interesting observations: 'in Mississippi, it would be awkward to avoid saying hello to passing strangers, in New York, people barely make eye contact.' But mostly, these tales of the road are as flat as tar macadam. For all his exuberance and enthusiasm in locating and procuring jobs, Seddiqui's written accounts lack verve. Despite his ambitious — and successful — undertaking (he parlayed this into a motivational speaking career), the book holds the reader's interest for about as long as each workplace held the author's, which isn't long enough. Illus. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Although not the usual career guide, Seddiqui's look at America through 50 quintessential jobs is both informative and inspiring. Recommended for undergraduate students doing career research and for college career resource centers."
"Review" by , "From guarding the border in Arizona to coping with seasickness while catching lobsters in Maine, [50 Jobs in 50 States]'s memorable anecdotes contribute to an authentic sense of each job and provide an original perspective on the nation's careers."
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