Author of '50 Jobs in 50 States' Tells His Tale at SUNY Potsdam Next Week


Author Daniel Seddiqui will talk about his experience working 50 jobs in all 50 states in a presentation at SUNY Potsdam on Nov. 20.

SUNY Potsdam will host Daniel Seddiqui, the author of the bestselling autobiographical book, "Fifty Jobs in Fifty States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America," for an engaging and enlightening talk next week.

Entitled "Living the Map," the presentation will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room at SUNY Potsdam. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Seddiqui will tell campus and community how he turned rejection into opportunity to make his dreams a reality during his journey across the country.

After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in economics, Seddiqui found it impossible to find even an entry-level job. After three years of volunteering and odd jobs, he started questioning himself, his process and his prospects. After 40 unsuccessful job interviews and after sending out 18,000 emails looking for volunteer positions, he adopted a new goal—he wanted to work a job in every state.

He worked as a corn farmer in Nebraska, a real estate agent in Idaho, a wedding coordinator in Vegas, a logger in Oregon, a bartender in New Orleans, a cheese maker in Wisconsin, a racing pit crew member in Indianapolis, a peanut sheller in Georgia, a theme park employee in Orlando, a lobsterman in Maine, a surfing instructor in Hawaii and a model in North Carolina. It all culminated in a book, "Fifty Jobs in Fifty States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America."

"I had a mission to get out of my comfort zone, learn about my country and prove that we still live in the land of opportunity. I took a big risk that embarked me on a wild journey of discovery," Seddiqui said. "I worked a quintessential job in each state—from building furniture with Pennsylvania's Amish to marrying couples in a Las Vegas wedding chapel—I've experienced how much there is out there to learn and explore."

In his talk, Seddiqui will offer hope to students intimidated by job prospects after college, encouraging them to open their minds and do some things that scare them.

In the spirit of Seddiqui's journey, one lucky SUNY Potsdam student who attends the talk will win a one-week paid job shadowing Dining Services Executive Chef Steve Maiocco. This prize is sponsored by Potsdam Auxiliary College and Educational Services.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.