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From Library Journal:
Seddiqui here chronicles his 2009 journey across the United States as he worked representative jobs in each state's major industry for one week. A 2005 graduate from the University of Southern California, he conceived of this project after encountering repeated rejections for employment in his field of economics because of his lack of experience. His goal, therefore, was to add experience to his résumé, learn firsthand about different careers, and support himself. In each of the 50 chapters, Seddiqui recounts his job experience for the week, including locating the job, adapting to the work, and his perceptions of the industry's culture. From guarding the border in Arizona to coping with seasickness while catching lobsters in Maine, the memorable anecdotes contribute to an authentic sense of each job and provide an original perspective on the nation's careers.
Verdict: 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
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.
When is this going to be a movie? This is just incredible! With everything going on with the job market, this would really opens the eyes of America and encourage those that are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne N. Niesen
What an amazing journey!! It felt like I was traveling with Daniel, sharing the victories and experiencing the disappointment. Very inspiring!!Published 2 months ago by D. Schluckebier
I bought this as a gift for my 93-year-old father after his wife saw the author interviewed on television. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C.M.W.
We ordered this book after doing reserach on best source of information for our students interested in working outside the immediate SF Bay Area. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kathryn E. Hambly
If you're looking for inspiration, excitement, or just want to be informed of how America runs, get the book. You won't be disappointed.Published 15 months ago by Lisa
I actually helped the "author" write this book when he visited me. Boy do I wish I'd investigated him a little more. First of all, terrible and shallow idea for a book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by wmo4117
While no one will anytime soon call the author our generation's Shakespeare, nonetheless the story is a unique one, showing the reader the power of being creative and thinking out... Read morePublished 16 months ago by MD
In 2008, Daniel Seddiqui was a down and out college graduate looking for a job and living with his parents in California. Read morePublished 21 months ago by eclecticreviewer
This book was recommended by a friend and I really enjoyed it. I felt that the writer had ambition and drive to contact so many companies and try so many jobs. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Emi Pearce