Wednesday, 4 November 2009

50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks

Everyone who thinks it is a tough time out there, with more people being made redundant than finding new jobs, will be inspired by the story of Dan Seddiqui.  

The former financial analyst was unable to get a job and when he did not even have a place to call home anymore, he was sent to therapy by his parents to help him prepare properly for the job hunt.  

Dan was so encouraged by his sessions he wanted to prove there are plenty of jobs out there. Perhaps his therapist was a bit too good value for money: Dan decided he wanted to try as many jobs as possible in one year. In 50 weeks he worked in all 50 American states and tried everything from being surf instructor (Hawaii), photographer (Alaska), wedding planner (Nevada), weatherman (Ohio) as well as a real estate agent (Idaho). 

In Illinois he worked as a ticket agent, in Oregon as a logging logger and in California he was a cellar master. Now he has announced he is going to write a book and publishers are queuing up for the rights. His book, titled ‘Living the Map’, will be published at the end of the year. Dan said he did find his dream job, being a dietician, a job that he did for a week whilst in Mississippi.