March 26, 2015

LACEY, Wash. — Like lots of college grads, Daniel Seddiqui was having a hard time finding a job. But in spite of more than 40 rejections, he knew opportunities had to exist. He then set out on an extraordinary quest: to work 50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks

And not just any jobs – Seddiqui chose professions that reflected the culture and economy of each state. For example, he worked as a coal miner in West Virginia, a border patrol agent in Arizona and a lobsterman in Maine.

“My mission was to explore the diverse careers, environments and cultures offered in America,” says Seddiqui, who will speak about his employment adventures Wednesday, April 8, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., in the Worthington Conference Center on the Lacey campus of Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Way SE. Seddiqui’s talk is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

Some of the other jobs Seddiqui held include:

  • Marine biologist, Washington
  • Furniture builder, Pennsylvania
  • Rodeo announcer, South Dakota
  • Model, North Carolina
  • Golf caddie, South Carolina
  • Petroleum engineer, Texas
  • Archeologist, Arkansas
  • Meteorologist, Ohio

South Puget Sound Community College is co-sponsoring “50 Jobs in 50 States.” Light snacks will be provided and prizes will be raffled off.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 undergraduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Alyssa Nastasi
Assistant Director, Career Development

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager