Campus Occupy Wall Street protesters are complicating finance recruiting, according to DealBook.
At some schools, anger at big banks has turned the on-campus recruiting process into a crucible of controversy. "I teach financial markets, and it's a little like teaching R.O.T.C. during the Vietnam War," said Robert J. Shiller, a professor of economics at Yale University. "You have this sense that something's amiss."
Op-eds in student newspapers at top schools have criticized banks' recruitment policies and the schools' emphasis on finance jobs, while students have initiated online campaigns to discourage students from pursuing Wall Street careers.
In November, students protested outside of a Morgan Stanley recruitment session at Yale. One Columbia University professor said that zero Ivy League students matriculate with the intent to pursue Wall Street jobs, but as many as 30 percent ultimately do.
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