5 Lessons of Career Development

By: Ashley

This week’s blog post for me is going to be about Daniel Seddiqui and the 5 lessons he learned on his journey across America. Those 5 lessons that he learned from his experiences working 50 jobs in 50 states are perseverance, risk taking, adaptability, networking, and endurance. So you may be thinking how does this guy’s lessons apply to you? Seeing as one day all of us are going to be college graduates out in the working world seeking employment, all of these apply to all of us.


What I took away from Daniel’s experience was to never give up. No matter how many times you are put down or told no, never, ever give up. I mean between being a competitive athlete to being rejected for 40+ job interviews after graduating, Daniel never gave up, he pushed forward. I think this applies to almost all of us because dealing with rejection is a part of life, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.


Daniel set out on his quest with doubts, never knowing where he might be sleeping, if he would have enough money for gas, or even if he had a job the next week. Yet, through all this uncertainty and all the challenges, he followed through because it was something he was passionate about. I think there is something to relate to here also because from day one we are told, as college students, to follow our dreams, so do something we are passionate about. That is what Daniel did and I am willing to bet he doesn’t regret any of it.


During Daniel’s adventure he had to adapt to different cultures, different foods, and different jobs. Between being a rodeo announcer, to a cheese maker, and a dietician, Daniel did it all but only because he was flexible and willing to acclimate to his new surroundings. I think if thrown into an unfamiliar environment, such as full-time employment, the search for full-time employment, or even starting college, it is essential and necessary to adapt.  So what I got from this is that you will not get the full experience and therefore not reap the maximum amount of benefits you could from this experience, if you’re not willing to adapt somewhat.


As soon as you start college you start hearing about networking through the saying: it isn’t what you know it’s who you know. For Daniel, networking was very important. Employers from one job sometimes helped him get another job in a different state, either by the connections they had or by serving as a reference. I believe networking is a very important aspect for finding employment after graduation, sometimes knowing the right person can be the deciding factor between you getting the job and the person sitting next to you.


For Daniel endurance meant having an active mind and body. By being on the road for so long, he needed to stay healthy and alert. I think understanding one’s limits, and being able to continue on with what you want to achieve is key to obtaining success. I think, of all the other lessons, endurance relates the most to perseverance. By this, I mean setting goals, pursuing your passions, never giving up, and making it out, happy and healthy in the end.

Above are just my own personal interpretations of the lessons Daniel Seddiqui learned on his journey across America. I encourage each and every one of you to come and hear Daniel’s interpretations at his keynote and form your own personal interpretations as well. His journey is truly incredible and serves as a source inspiration.

Come and join us, everyone is welcome! The event is on November 6th from 4-5:30 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.

See you there!

Thanks again to our awesome sponsors who are helping us bring Daniel to campus for National Career Development Month: Kirby Leadership Institute, Office for Students in Transition, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Office of Civic Engagement, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Club, and the M.A. in Psychological Science.

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Speaker Daniel Seddiqui Coming Soon!

By: Emily

November is National Career Development Month and Career & Internship Services is helping sponsor a special event that will bring traveler, speaker and published author, Daniel Seddiqui to the University of Minnesota Duluth!

Daniel Seddiqui was a student like us, and after graduation from the University of Southern California in 2005, he was having a very difficult time finding work. In fact, he reports on his website that while seeking a full time position he failed over 40 interviews and became greatly discouraged. After this period of unemployment, he began volunteering and working jobs outside his area of study (Economics) and decided to go on an adventure to explore jobs around the United States. His goal is to travel in 50 weeks to all 50 states and work a job in each state that is representative of the state.

50 Jobs book cover

For example here are some of the jobs he has previously worked:

  • In Hawaii he was a Surf Instructor
  • In Wyoming he was a Park Ranger
  • In New York he was a Marketing Specialist
  • In Nebraska he was a Corn Farmer
  • In South Dakota he was a Rodeo Announcer
  • In Idaho he was a Real Estate Agent
  • In Florida he was a Park Entertainer
  • In Wisconsin he was a Cheesemaker
  • In Arkansas he was an Archeologist
  • In Virginia he was a Gardens and Grounds Keeper
  • In Michigan he was an Auto Mechanic

Daniel is an inspirational speaker as well as the published author of “50 Jobs in 50 States” which gives readers more in depth look at his atypical job exploration journey. Daniel Seddiqui is coming to speak at the University of Minnesota Duluth on November 6th from 4 to 5:30in Kirby Student Center Ballroom and will be discussing what he learned during this incredible expedition: Perseverance, Risk Taking, Adaptability, Networking and Endurance. This event is free and open to students, faculty and alumni. There will be a book signing immediately after this event. This is an excellent chance for students to learn about the benefits of turning struggles into opportunities and appreciate the diversity of the job market in the United States.

If you want to learn more about Daniel there is more information, photographs and videos on his website. You’ll be able to purchase his book prior to the event at the school bookstore or right at the event itself.

Event is co-sponsored by: Career & Internship Services, Kirby Leadership Institute, Office of Students in Transition, College of Liberal Arts, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Office of Civic Engagement, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Club, M.A. in Psychological Science, and College of Education and Human Service Professions.

Hope to see you on November 6th!

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