Lessons learned from 50 jobs in 50 states

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 12, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Daniel Seddiqui, who held 50 jobs in 50 states, is making his way back to Pennsylvania for a presentation on the essential elements for success. The program, sponsored by the Ziegler Institute for Professional Development, will be presented Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom.

The presentation, “Lessons Learned: 50 Jobs. 50 States,” is open to all students and the public free of charge. Seddiqui will hit the points of career success, taking risks, how to network, and other important basics for college graduates. He has spoken at over 300 universities over the past few years.

Seddiqui received a degree in economics from the University of Southern California in 2005, but had trouble finding a job after graduation. He sent out his résumé, completed job applications and knocked on doors but wasn’t having any luck. Although he had more than 40 interviews, he didn’t receive an offer.

He worked as a volunteer before an idea sparked. He decided to seek 50 jobs, one in each state. He spent the next year traveling this nation, accomplishing this goal and meeting thousands of Americans.

The list of jobs ranges from corn farmer in Nebraska to cheese maker in Wisconsin. Through it all, his experiences taught him the essential elements for success — taking risks, being adaptable, building a network and having endurance – which all are part of the equation of perseverance. He is now a bestselling author, speaker and director of an exploration college program.

Professional U is a co-sponsor for this program. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.