Unlike many protesters who were not very clear in their demands, Tracy Postert went down to Zuccotti Square during the Occupy Wall Street protests with a specific goal in mind: to get a job.
In a serendipitous turn of events, she landed one, but in one of the very banks she had gone to protest against.
The biomedical scientist, who has her Ph.D. specializing in pharmacology, had been unemployed for quite some time so she decided to be creative with her job seeking process.
Occupy a job: Tracy Postert went down to Zuccotti Park looking for a job and she landed one, in an office just down the street on Wall Street/
After spending 10 days protesting with anti-capitalist signs like everyone else, Ms Postert showed up on October 22 in a medical jacket holding a sign stating her intentions.
Her sign said ‘Ph.D Biomedical scientist seeking full time employment’ on the front and ‘Ask me for my resume’ on the back. Lucky for her, one passer-by did.
Now, over a month later, she is working in an office on Wall Street – in one of the companies that she was protesting against not long ago.
Wayne Kaufman, chief marketing analyst from John Thomas Financial Brokerage, took her resume and promptly invited her for an interview.
‘I had been unemployed for so long, I thought why not?’ Ms Postert told The New York Post.
At first, Ms Postert was hesitant to accept the position as a junior analyst specializing in the viability of medical companies as investments. Given her political sympathies and involvement in the Occupy Wall Street protests, it seemed like a hypocritical move.
But, considering she is in her 30s and has spent many months to no avail looking for a job in the academic arena – which would be her first choice – she decided that practicality had to trump political posturing.
Now, Ms Postert arrives to her desk in the Wall Street office by 8am every morning as she studies to take her financial analyst exams.
For Ms Postert, the job means that she has a steady pay check. For the company, they have one convert to the cause.
Good move!! Wonder how many other protestors would jump at the chance for gainful employment?
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