Daniel Seddiqui: 50 Jobs in 50 States

The Junior Fellows took an interesting field trip today, catching first-time author Daniel Seddiqui, who recently finished the intriguing 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man’s Journey of Discovery Across America. He stopped at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, and we had a chance to learn more about his book.  We ended up buying nine copies of it.

Seddiqui graduated from college in 2005 and when job offers did NOT pour in, he decided to do something interesting.  He spent one week in each state, working in a job related to something for which the state was well known.  He was a surfboard instructor in Hawaii; a coal miner in West Virginia, and in Texas he was a petroleum engineer.

Ryan Brim, who is 12, has been writing to a pen pal in Alaska, so he asked what Seddiqui did in Alaska.  Turns out, he was a photographer, photographing the Alaskan landscape.

Ryan Brim with Daniel Seddiqui

Ryan seemed to enjoy that conversation, but then it was Seddiqui’s turn to ask a question (“So, Ryan, what do you want to do when you grow up?”) and Ryan decided to move on….

That gave the rest of us a chance to talk to Seddiqui.  Seddiqui told some amusing stories about his first time in Texas, did a quick reading for us, and answered some questions.  It was a fun book signing.


Dana Angello with Daniel Seddiqui

It’s an intriguing read, and as the dedication notes, it’s “for all those who can’t find a job, don’t like their job, or are just curious about what America has to offer.”

To Junior Fellows’ website.




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