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50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America Paperback – March 7, 2011
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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
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Apart from this being an awesome idea, I found it amazing how much energy Daniel put into this project, which certainly wasn't the easiest to begin with. Whether working as Vegas Wedding Coordinator in Nevada, Cheese Maker in Wisconsin, or Race-Pit Crew Member in Indiana, this journey taught him a lot about perseverance, risk-taking, adaptability and networking. And while the book is focusing on economy and the search for jobs, I found it to be a fascinating read from a travelers perspective too.
Admittedly I could have done without the passages about Daniel's relationship and dating life which did not fit the whole theme of the book. And, in my opinion, the book was a bit amateurishly written and not as polished as I would have wished for. Yet I want to point out that the idea alone more than made up for this.
In short: An inspiring and different kind of journey through the US!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I saw him on a Mike Huckabee show as an animated young man, still trying to wind down from his breathless adventures and so, curious as only a mother can be, I ordered the book. The job descriptions in each state were the best part - cheese factory,meat packer, logging, weatherman, entertainer, etc. etc. His pictures, insights and observations are a clue as to this fellow's erratic mindset and I wish him well in his new job on a lecture tour.
Really, I don't quite understand the necessity of losing so much sleep, the lack of preparedness (suitable clothing, weather, knowledge of the state). He took very little time to "smell the roses" and in some cases, was probably the employer's nightmare! Enjoy this book - you might learn something about the states and the reading is light and easy.
50 Jobs in 50 States is the true-story of Daniel Seddiqui's journey and findings as he explores America. He dives into the details of each job and each state, and their respective cultures and peoples. Building new relationships, and, at the same time, re-examining relationships of his own.
If you ever find yourself interested in learning anyone else's story - from Oprah's latest guest on her talk show to the guy in line in front of you at the grocery store - you're going to enjoy sitting down with Daniel's book.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is not the type of book you would like if you want to hear someone whine about sleeping a a car for a night. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Antoinette
My daughter read this book for a summer reading project and she said it was a really good book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read his adventure of jobs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Waterfall Hunter
This is a great book, especially for someone who has been job hunting and gotten discouraged. He managed to survive 50 different jobs in 50 weeks in 50 states. Read morePublished 11 months ago by tweetybird
The author focused on a lot of self-congratulation, and not so much on the jobs themselves, which would have been more interesting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by nlc
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 on November 1, 2013 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 on September 23, 2013 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 on May 21, 2013 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 on April 1, 2013 by Katie
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 on September 6, 2012 by wmo4117