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50 Jobs in 50 States

Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Prologue: Believing in My Idea When No One Else Did
  7. Experience 1 Reality Hits But No Turning Back
    1. Utah Lds Humanitarian Services Worker
    2. Colorado Usgs Hydrologist
    3. South Dakota Rodeo Announcer
    4. North Dakota Cartographer
    5. Minnesota Medical Device Machinist
    6. Iowa Agronomist
    7. Nebraska Corn Farmer
  8. 2 Hitting Rock Bottom and Rebounding
    1. Wyoming National Park Service Ranger
    2. Montana General Store Clerk
    3. Idaho Real Estate Agent
    4. Washington Marine Biologist
  9. 3 Turning Obstacles into Openings
    1. Oregon Logger
    2. Nevada Vegas Weddings Coordinator
    3. Arizona United States Border Patrol Agent
    4. New Mexico Landscape Architect
    5. Kansas Meatpacker
  10. 4 Not Just about Me Anymore
    1. Missouri Boilermaker
    2. Arkansas Archaeologist
    3. Oklahoma Roustabout
    4. Texas Petroleum Engineer
    5. Louisiana Bartender
    6. Mississippi Dietitian
  11. 5 Halfway Point Is Getting Rough
    1. Wisconsin Cheese Maker
    2. Illinois Transit Ticket Agent
    3. Michigan Auto Mechanic
    4. Ohio Meteorologist
  12. 6 Hitting My Stride and Taking Control
    1. Indiana Racing Pit-Crew Member
    2. Vermont Sugar Maker
    3. Kentucky Horseman
    4. Tennessee Music Studio Technician
    5. Alabama High School Football Coach
  13. 7 Returning a Different Person
    1. Georgia Peanut Sheller
    2. Florida Theme Park Entertainer
  14. 8 New Curves and Bumps in the Road
    1. South Carolina Golf Caddie
    2. North Carolina Model and Modeling Agent
    3. West Virginia Coal Miner
    4. Virginia Monticello Gardener
    5. Maryland Seafood Restaurant Cook
    6. Delaware Incorporation Specialist
  15. 9 Adapting to New and Different Cultures
    1. Pennsylvania Amish Woodworker
    2. New Jersey Boys and Girls Club Counselor
    3. New York Internet Marketing Specialist
  16. 10 Hitting Curveballs
    1. Rhode Island Ambassador of Tourism
    2. Connecticut Insurance Broker
    3. Massachusetts Baseball Scout
    4. New Hampshire Political Party Worker
    5. Maine Lobsterman
  17. 11 Finishing a Journey and Embarking on New Dreams
    1. Alaska Commercial Photographer
    2. Hawaii Surfing Instructor
    3. California Winery Cellar Master
  18. Epilogue: A Lesson from America
  19. Education About the Author