Persky, you may recall, was the MIT alumnus and former investment banker who gained national attention for his unorthodox job searching method: handing out resumes while wearing a sandwich board in Midtown Manhattan. In that post last December, I noted that Persky had found a new job with an accounting firm, but Persky informs me that he left that job a couple of months ago, and is currently open to job or business opportunities in "writing, inspirational speaking, career counseling, valuations and business development consulting". If you are aware of any such opportunities, and would like to contact him, below is Mr. Persky's website and contact info:
917 650 8700
In that post last December, I also questioned the value of MIT's alumni network (the school's alumni organization is called "Infinite Connections"; hence the post title) given the challenges of Mr. Persky's job search. In our e-mail correspondence, Persky seemed to agree, writing,
MIT's alumni network has not been as helpful as it could be. Unfortunately, although the education is wonderful and rigorous, the school lacks in social connectivity. It's pretty much up to each student to find his/her own way. I imagine that the other ivy league schools are a bit better at networking. However, MIT is trying and encourages alumni to be in touch and mentor each other.
Persky also was able to shed some light on the origin of the name of MIT's alumni organization, mentioning that the main hallway at MIT is called the "Infinite Corridor".
1The Onion once hilariously mocked Wallace's tendency to write door stoppers and his use of footnotes, "Girlfriend Stops Reading David Foster Wallace Breakup Letter At Page 20". Excerpt:
BLOOMINGTON, IL—Claire Thompson, author David Foster Wallace's girlfriend of two years, stopped reading his 67-page breakup letter at page 20, she admitted Monday.
"It was pretty good, I guess, but I just couldn't get all the way through," said Thompson, 32, who was given the seven-chapter, heavily footnoted "Dear John" missive on Feb. 3. "I always meant to pick it up again, but then I got busy and, oh, I don't know. He's talented, but his letters can sometimes get a little self-indulgent."
Although MIT is more prestigious than some Ivy League universities, and is located close to Harvard geographically, it is actually not part of the Ivy League.