MM- Career Chameleon

Fresh from study hopeful graduates pursue careers that emphasise the specific skills and education they have invested so much time and money in acquiring, sadly even the most acquiescent of applicants are not assured a position in their field of expertise.

This scenario presented itself to one ambitious American who transformed job turn-downs into an opportunity to travel the country experiencing a different role in a different region throughout all 50 states.

Daniel Seddiqui decided that he wasn’t going to take just any job. His goal was to not only explore different careers, but also to explore the country, and so he chose jobs that reflected the culture and economy of each state. Working the quintessential job of each state, he received an authentic taste of what this country is truly about.

Daniel tried everything: he became a cheese maker in Wisconsin, a border patrol agent in Arizona, a meatpacker in Kansas, and a surfing instructor in Hawaii. In the book, 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man’s Journey of Discover Across America, he chronicles how he adapted to the unique demands of every job as well as to the wildly differing people, cultures, and environments.

By the end of his journey, Daniel had more than just an impressive resume, he had also acquired scores of new friends, a new perspective on American culture, and the tools to overcome just about any obstacle. By remaining persistent, using his networks, taking some risks, and embracing each new opportunity as it came to him, Daniel gained experience in work and in life.

Now, Daniel shares his story with people across the nation, struggling to find a job – or simply, hope – in this dire economy. He continues to enjoy a plethora of professions, and is organising a charity to give underprivileged children the opportunity to travel and expand their minds and experiences.

Daniel’s entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to circumvent the pitfalls of career disappointment and to live and labour like a local in locations as diverse as his duties. This concept works equally well on a global scale as highlighted in the tales of those who work their way around the world.

Mission: Go on a skill safari and become a career chameleon taking on new challenges outside your studied discipline.

Objective: Conquer career constraints, experience different cultures, learn how to handle different pressures and professions, acknowledge new abilities, and open your eyes to the world of work which awaits the willing.

Resources: Daniel’s book 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man’s Journey of Discover Across America is brimming with inspiration and firsthand ‘work wisdom’ with invaluable advise on reinventing your career as you build a resume to rival all.

Special Offer: Thank’s to our friends at Woodslane, until the end of July you can get 20% off this title when you enter BE at checkout.

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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