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SIGNATURE GATHERER: You Need Determination & Discipline

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Dwight is a signature gatherer for petitions. He tells us that gathering signatures is like being a hunter/gatherer, going out to try to catch as many as he can into his political net. He loves the human interaction that is inherent in the job.

Job Title: Signature Gatherer

Job Summary: Political Scientists

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Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze the structure and operation of governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

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$50,000 - $155,000
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='1300'>I</span> <span m='1410'>have</span> <span m='1570'>a</span> <span m='1630'>camera</span> <span m='2000'>like</span> <span m='2260'>that,</span> <span m='2840'>but</span> <span m='3130'>I</span> <span m='3270'>cracked</span> <span m='3690'>the</span> <span m='3760'>view</span> <span m='3960'>screen</span> <span m='4340'>so I haven't</span> <span m='4690'>been</span> <span m='4810'>using</span> <span m='5140'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='5742'>So</span> <span m='6194'>what's</span> <span m='6646'>your current</span> <span m='7100'>job?</span> </p><p><span m='7990'>Collecting</span> <span m='8220'>signatures</span> <span m='8760'>on</span> <span m='8950'>petitions.</span> </p><p><span m='9950'>And</span> <span m='10280'>what</span> <span m='10710'>does a</span> <span m='10870'>typical</span> <span m='11180'>day</span> <span m='11360'>look</span> <span m='11840'>like for</span> <span m='11960'>you</span> <span m='12240'>as</span> <span m='12520'>petition</span> <span m='12960'>collector?</span> </p><p><span m='14995'>It's</span> <span m='15270'>sort</span> <span m='15480'>of</span> <span m='15590'>like</span> <span m='15970'>fishing</span> <span m='16760'>or</span> <span m='16870'>hunting.</span> <span m='17205'>I'm a</span> <span m='17540'>hunter/gatherer.</span> <span m='20410'>I</span> <span m='20530'>go</span> <span m='20690'>out</span> <span m='20850'>to</span> <span m='21060'>where the</span> <span m='21210'>schools</span> <span m='21720'>of</span> <span m='21830'>people</span> <span m='22190'>are,</span> <span m='22940'>and</span> <span m='23100'>I</span> <span m='23170'>catch</span> <span m='23530'>as</span> <span m='23640'>many</span> <span m='23930'>in</span> <span m='24040'>my</span> <span m='24190'>political</span> <span m='24710'>net</span> <span m='24980'>as I can</span> <span m='25310'>find.</span> </p><p><span m='27550'>And</span> <span m='27998'>what</span> <span m='28446'>was your</span> <span m='28900'>career path?</span> <span m='29260'>How</span> <span m='29440'>did you</span> <span m='29700'>get</span> <span m='29910'>this</span> <span m='30100'>job?</span> </p><p><span m='30840'>When I</span> <span m='31240'>was</span> <span m='31630'>six</span> <span m='31900'>years</span> <span m='32189'>old,</span> <span m='32509'>me</span> <span m='32659'>and</span> <span m='32750'>my</span> <span m='32870'>sister</span> <span m='33170'>helped</span> <span m='33470'>John</span> <span m='33770'>Lennon</span> <span m='34095'>to</span> <span m='34420'>get</span> <span m='34540'>elected</span> <span m='34970'>mayor</span> <span m='35210'>of</span> <span m='35330'>New</span> <span m='35520'>York.</span> <span m='36792'>And from</span> <span m='37160'>there we</span> <span m='37450'>went on</span> <span m='37900'>to</span> <span m='37950'>the</span> <span m='38050'>Civil</span> <span m='38370'>Rights</span> <span m='38740'>Movement,</span> <span m='39350'>shipping</span> <span m='39530'>books</span> <span m='40040'>down</span> <span m='40320'>south,</span> <span m='40790'>helping</span> <span m='41090'>people read.</span> <span m='42410'>And</span> <span m='42770'>pretty</span> <span m='42930'>much</span> <span m='43130'>whenever</span> <span m='43390'>I</span> <span m='43460'>can</span> <span m='43640'>stay</span> <span m='43840'>political,</span> <span m='44390'>I</span> <span m='44460'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='45593'>And</span> <span m='45996'>what do</span> <span m='46400'>you know</span> <span m='46560'>now</span> <span m='46830'>about</span> <span m='47100'>this</span> <span m='47390'>job?</span> <span m='50180'>So</span> <span m='50670'>what</span> <span m='50890'>do you</span> <span m='51190'>know now</span> <span m='51420'>about</span> <span m='51600'>this job</span> <span m='51810'>here</span> <span m='52070'>in</span> <span m='52310'>Berkeley</span> <span m='52700'>that</span> <span m='52890'>you</span> <span m='53130'>didn't know</span> <span m='53290'>when you</span> <span m='53645'>first started?</span> </p><p><span m='55670'>Nothing.</span> <span m='58150'>I</span> <span m='58210'>lived</span> <span m='58460'>in</span> <span m='58550'>Berkeley</span> <span m='58920'>for</span> <span m='59010'>20</span> <span m='59300'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='61210'>So</span> <span m='61390'>what</span> <span m='61590'>advice</span> <span m='61950'>would</span> <span m='62050'>you</span> <span m='62110'>give</span> <span m='62300'>anybody</span> <span m='62640'>who</span> <span m='62740'>wants</span> <span m='63150'>to</span> <span m='63250'>become</span> <span m='63730'>a</span> <span m='64430'>signature</span> <span m='66560'>collector?</span> </p><p><span m='68210'>Do</span> <span m='68350'>something</span> <span m='68670'>else.</span> </p><p><span m='72304'>You</span> <span m='72796'>have to be</span> <span m='73290'>a little bit more</span> <span m='73640'>elaborate though.</span> </p><p><span m='74980'>The</span> <span m='75850'>strength</span> <span m='76460'>of</span> <span m='76570'>this</span> <span m='76840'>job</span> <span m='77560'>is</span> <span m='77840'>massive</span> <span m='78380'>amounts</span> <span m='78790'>of</span> <span m='78880'>human</span> <span m='79220'>interaction.</span> <span m='81070'>The</span> <span m='81210'>weakness</span> <span m='81900'>of</span> <span m='81990'>this</span> <span m='82230'>job</span> <span m='82800'>is</span> <span m='82900'>you</span> <span m='83010'>expose</span> <span m='83230'>yourself</span> <span m='84300'>to</span> <span m='84470'>massive</span> <span m='84920'>amounts</span> <span m='85270'>of</span> <span m='85420'>human</span> <span m='85820'>frailty.</span> </p><p><span m='88364'>What</span> <span m='88825'>do you</span> <span m='89286'>like most about</span> <span m='89747'>this job?</span> </p><p><span m='90530'>Meeting</span> <span m='90850'>people.</span> <span m='91880'>I'm</span> <span m='92000'>a</span> <span m='92120'>nature</span> <span m='92580'>lover.</span> <span m='93830'>Human</span> <span m='94090'>nature's</span> <span m='94490'>one</span> <span m='94640'>of</span> <span m='94680'>my</span> <span m='94820'>favorites.</span> </p><p><span m='95920'>And</span> <span m='96415'>what's</span> <span m='96910'>most</span> <span m='97230'>challenging</span> <span m='97550'>about</span> <span m='97880'>this</span> <span m='98265'>job?</span> </p><p></p><p><span m='109300'>The</span> <span m='109600'>most</span> <span m='110050'>challenging</span> <span m='110730'>thing</span> <span m='110940'>about</span> <span m='111160'>this</span> <span m='111400'>job</span> <span m='112310'>is</span> <span m='112570'>first,</span> <span m='113440'>determination</span> <span m='114340'>and</span> <span m='114480'>discipline.</span> <span m='115900'>And</span> <span m='116400'>nobody's</span> <span m='116820'>paying</span> <span m='117270'>you a</span> <span m='117630'>salary.</span> <span m='118630'>You</span> <span m='118930'>don't</span> <span m='119220'>get</span> <span m='119390'>any</span> <span m='119610'>benefits,</span> <span m='119930'>so you</span> <span m='120250'>have</span> <span m='120370'>to</span> <span m='120570'>go</span> <span m='120650'>out</span> <span m='120910'>and</span> <span m='121030'>do</span> <span m='121150'>everything</span> <span m='121550'>you need</span> <span m='121660'>for</span> <span m='122160'>yourself.</span> </p><p><span m='124265'>And</span> <span m='124690'>what</span> <span m='124985'>was</span> <span m='125280'>a</span> <span m='125440'>key</span> <span m='125550'>decision</span> <span m='125830'>you</span> <span m='126110'>made</span> <span m='126360'>to get</span> <span m='126390'>this</span> <span m='126860'>job?</span> </p><p><span m='128330'>I</span> <span m='128590'>was</span> <span m='128970'>trying</span> <span m='129360'>to</span> <span m='129440'>play</span> <span m='129660'>professional</span> <span m='130270'>tennis,</span> <span m='131530'>and</span> <span m='131980'>this</span> <span m='132160'>is</span> <span m='132290'>the</span> <span m='132370'>one</span> <span m='132600'>job</span> <span m='132870'>I</span> <span m='132940'>found</span> <span m='133430'>that I</span> <span m='133490'>can</span> <span m='133670'>make</span> <span m='133840'>my</span> <span m='133950'>own</span> <span m='134130'>schedule</span> <span m='134475'>at.</span> </p><p><span m='136610'>And</span> <span m='137940'>is</span> <span m='138090'>it</span> <span m='138170'>hard</span> <span m='138380'>to</span> <span m='138470'>find</span> <span m='138690'>work</span> <span m='138850'>as</span> <span m='139350'>a</span> <span m='139912'>signature</span> <span m='140354'>collector?</span> </p><p><span m='141680'>There's</span> <span m='141910'>a</span> <span m='141990'>book</span> <span m='142360'>by</span> <span m='142600'>Larry</span> <span m='142980'>Niven</span> <span m='143910'>called</span> <span m='144180'><i>Friday,</i></span> <span m='144830'>about</span> <span m='145140'>life</span> <span m='145460'>in</span> <span m='145550'>the</span> <span m='145650'>23rd</span> <span m='146290'>century.</span> <span m='147215'>An</span> <span m='147580'>entire</span> <span m='147950'>chapter</span> <span m='148255'>is</span> <span m='148560'>devoted to</span> <span m='149050'>California</span> <span m='149700'>petitions.</span> <span m='151400'>I</span> <span m='151510'>have</span> <span m='151690'>worked</span> <span m='151940'>for</span> <span m='152050'>300</span> <span m='152600'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='153968'>What do</span> <span m='154422'>you mean,</span> <span m='154876'>worked for</span> <span m='155330'>300 years?</span> </p><p><span m='155635'>There will</span> <span m='155940'>be</span> <span m='156070'>petitions</span> <span m='156690'>in</span> <span m='156810'>California</span> <span m='157560'>for</span> <span m='157670'>the</span> <span m='157750'>next</span> <span m='158030'>300</span> <span m='158520'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='160260'>So</span> <span m='161602'>that</span> <span m='162058'>means that</span> <span m='162514'>people</span> <span m='162970'>can get</span> <span m='163426'>work?</span> </p><p><span m='163882'>Yes.</span> </p><p><span m='165710'>If you</span> <span m='166010'>practice</span> <span m='166480'>life</span> <span m='166780'>extension,</span> <span m='167320'>you'll</span> <span m='167470'>get</span> <span m='167610'>a</span> <span m='167710'>lot</span> <span m='167920'>of</span> <span m='168010'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='170950'>And</span> <span m='171420'>what's</span> <span m='171590'>your</span> <span m='171740'>work/life</span> <span m='172250'>balance?</span> </p><p><span m='174950'>Currently</span> <span m='175530'>I'm</span> <span m='175680'>trying</span> <span m='176020'>to</span> <span m='176240'>make</span> <span m='176560'>enough</span> <span m='176820'>money</span> <span m='177130'>to</span> <span m='177280'>change</span> <span m='177730'>my</span> <span m='177900'>life,</span> <span m='178740'>and</span> <span m='178950'>get</span> <span m='179180'>back</span> <span m='179360'>to</span> <span m='179800'>stuff I</span> <span m='179940'>should</span> <span m='180160'>be</span> <span m='180270'>doing.</span> </p><p><span m='182520'>So</span> <span m='182775'>does</span> <span m='183030'>that mean</span> <span m='183530'>you're working</span> <span m='183760'>more</span> <span m='184680'>than</span> <span m='184970'>you</span> <span m='185100'>want</span> <span m='185340'>to</span> <span m='185420'>be</span> <span m='185590'>working?</span> </p><p><span m='186190'>Much</span> <span m='186450'>more.</span> </p><p><span m='188240'>Can you</span> <span m='188595'>add to</span> <span m='188950'>that in</span> <span m='189200'>a</span> <span m='189540'>complete</span> <span m='189950'>question,</span> <span m='190070'>because</span> <span m='190320'>my voice</span> <span m='190550'>is going</span> <span m='190875'>to get cut</span> <span m='191200'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='191535'>All right.</span> </p><p><span m='191870'>So</span> <span m='192470'>what's</span> <span m='192960'>your</span> <span m='193070'>work/life</span> <span m='193290'>balance</span> <span m='193500'>like with</span> <span m='193830'>this</span> <span m='194180'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='194530'>I'm</span> <span m='194900'>much</span> <span m='195220'>more</span> <span m='195470'>effective</span> <span m='196140'>doing</span> <span m='196420'>medical</span> <span m='196930'>work.</span> <span m='197860'>I</span> <span m='198020'>can</span> <span m='198280'>feel</span> <span m='198620'>that</span> <span m='198760'>I</span> <span m='198830'>can</span> <span m='199020'>do</span> <span m='199190'>work</span> <span m='199480'>as</span> <span m='199560'>a</span> <span m='199670'>quantum</span> <span m='200090'>physicist.</span> <span m='202130'>My</span> <span m='202770'>understanding</span> <span m='203650'>of</span> <span m='203730'>the</span> <span m='203810'>world</span> <span m='204290'>lets</span> <span m='204690'>me</span> <span m='204810'>design</span> <span m='205290'>anything</span> <span m='205710'>I</span> <span m='205770'>need</span> <span m='206060'>for</span> <span m='206160'>anything</span> <span m='206540'>I</span> <span m='206580'>want</span> <span m='206820'>to</span> <span m='206910'>do,</span> <span m='207600'>and</span> <span m='207750'>I'm</span> <span m='207850'>wasting</span> <span m='208220'>my</span> <span m='208350'>time</span> <span m='208720'>doing</span> <span m='209090'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='210458'>What?</span> <span m='211826'>That</span> <span m='212282'>you're</span> <span m='212738'>doing this</span> <span m='213194'>because--?</span> </p><p><span m='214110'>I</span> <span m='214230'>have</span> <span m='214430'>to</span> <span m='214570'>have</span> <span m='214720'>income.</span> </p><p><span m='218760'>OK,</span> <span m='219130'>great.</span> <span m='219575'>Good.</span> <span m='221360'>One</span> <span m='221810'>more,</span> <span m='222150'>one</span> <span m='222370'>more.</span> <span m='223210'>Smile.</span> </p>","file":{"id":349993,"video_id":"3166989139001","name":"1938-Dwight-p-PetitionGatherer","duration":225559,"thumbnail_url":null}});