Occupy Wall Street Offer Training Scheme For Budding PRs
In The Career Road of Occupy Wall Street Damian Ghigliotty writes:
As the Occupy Wall Street movement pushes into its sixth week and continues to spread to other cities around the globe, participants are discovering an unexpected benefit as they organize to protest America’s winners-take-all economy and lobby for higher taxes on the rich. Many of them are gaining more hands-on experience and saleable skills to help them in their career pursuits.
“The movement is a great platform for people to identify what they do well and show that to future employers,” said Ginny Clarke, president and chief executive of the HR consulting firm Talent Optimization Partners and author of the book Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work. “There’s a commitment and zeal behind what many of these individuals are doing and that’s exactly what recruiters look for.”
No. This is not a parody…
Victoria Sobel, one of the movement’s original members, has also added to her skill set since she joined Occupy Wall Street in mid-September, she said. Her involvement has now become a full-time gig and so extensive that she decided to take a year off from art school.
“A lot of what I’ve learned so far has been about using technology to get things in motion,” said the 21-year-old Cooper Union student who helped start the “finance” group and now works with the live streaming branch of the “media” group. I’m constantly honing my ability to solve problems as I work with live streaming and handle different kinds of outreach through the Web.”
Fighting corporate greed with big corporate technology.
In addition to gaining new skills, others are finding practical uses for the talents they already have, like some of the volunteer lawyers providing legal aid to protestors and a handful of the money managers helping account for the movement’s several hundred thousand dollars in donations. For the ones without full-time jobs, Occupy Wall Street has become a way to stay active in a down economy, said Ben Meyers, 41, a recent CUNY law graduate and part-time volunteer with the nonprofit legal organization the National Lawyers Guild.
“People are writing press releases, organizing kitchens, organizing thousands of other people. That’s real work.“