She's gone from Occupy Wall Street to occupying a job on Wall Street. Tracy Postert went from Zuccotti Park to Wall Street, where she was hired by Thomas Belesis and Wayne Kaufman.
Down-on-her-luck protester Tracy Postert spent 15 days washing sidewalks and making sandwiches at Zuccotti Park--then landed a dream job at a Financial District investment firm thanks to a high-powered passer-by who offered her work.
The Upper West Sider, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical science specializing in pharmacology, was unemployed and had all but given up on finding work in her preferred field of academia when she joined the movement in October.
She held signs that read, ''Reagan sucks'' and, ''I'll vote after the revolution.''
But she said she still needed to get a real job. So she made a new sign.
On the front, she wrote, ''Ph.D. Biomedical Scientist seeking full time employment,''and on the back, ''Ask me for my resume.''
It caught the eye of Wayne Kaufman, chief market analyst for John Thomas Financial Brokerage. The exec wasn't looking to hire, but he took Postertâ€™s resume anyway.
The next day, Kaufman, impressed by her CV, sent her an e-mail asking if she'd like to come for an interview.
It wasnâ€™t far--only two blocks from Zuccotti Park at 14 Wall St.
Kaufman offered her a job as a junior analyst evaluating medical companies as potential investments.
Postert said the decision to accept was painful. But practicality won out.
The starting salary as a junior analyst is near minimum wage, but in time, she can earn a cool six figures, assured Kaufman.
She's already studying for her exams to be a certified financial analyst.
''I want to get a perfect score.'' she said.
Life has definitely changed for the former Occupier.
She's in the office by 8 a.m., and she still has to get used to Kaufman's rallying cry of ''Go! Go!Go!'' blaring over the speakers in the morning.
CEO Thomas Belesis said he believes Postert will be a great asset.