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Former software engineer changes 28 jobs in 28 weeks across 28 states of the country

Raza Naqvi | Updated on: 12 August 2015, 20:53 IST

Former software engineer Jubanashwa Mishra has returned to his home in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, after completing a personal project he titled "One Week Job India". This involved working for one week each in 28 jobs in all the 28 states of India. He had travelled more than 15,000 miles.


Having worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for three years, Mishra realised that he had never wanted a job in the first place. He just wanted to travel.

He decided then to quit his job and emulate someone he had read about, who did 52 jobs in 52 weeks. However, he added to the idea and decided to hold a job in each of India's 28 states.

What did he do?

Starting his journey as a photographer in Haryana in May 2013, he went to Gujarat where he worked as a market researcher. Then he moved on to Rajasthan and worked as a hotel manager, after which he became a waste warrior in Himachal Pradesh.

Mishra then did 'seva' in various gurudwaras in Punjab, and became a rafting trainee in Jammu & Kashmir.

In Uttarakhand, Mishra worked on a farm. In Maharashtra he was a movie marketing executive, and in Goa, a tattoo artist.

Other jobs included being an emotional counsellor, a house boat driver, a cremation assistant, a play school teacher, a news channel TRP analyst, a contraceptive rural campaign worker, a mud artisan and a motorcycle mechanic.

"Don't be afraid to dream and then live your dreams," says Mishra. "People will tell you that it is difficult, but don't hesitate. Always listen to your heart."

First published: 12 August 2015, 20:56 IST
Raza Naqvi @Mir_Naqvi

Raza is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and has worked with the Hindustan Times in the past. A passionate follower of crime stories, he is currently working as a Sub-Editor at the Speed News desk.