I am regularly asked, “how do you become a B.A.? What are some tips and tricks? How do you start?”.
I’ll be totally honest, I am happy to help others with tips and tricks I’ve gained and learned…BUT…it can be a lot of work responding to everyone who asks. I feel like half my texts, Facebook messages, emails, and Instagram DM’s are questions asking for BA help or fashion show help. It can be incredibly time consuming responding to each individual message. MOSTLY when there isn’t one solid answer on how to get started as a BA.
I’ve decided to create a mini guidebook through my blog to hopefully help others who want to explore the BA work-world.
Welcome to post 1 of BA Tips & Tricks!
My Background in Marketing & BA Work
Most know that I’m a Marketing major. It’s in my blood. Since I was 16, I’ve lived and breathed spreading brand-awareness. I started working as a Social Media Marketer for clubs in my high school (Drama club and literary magazine) which led me to going to college for marketing.
When I was a freshman, I did marketing for an event planning company before it blew up in flames. I then moved on to marketing for an IT startup and giving marketing tips and consultations to a photography company, a sailing team, a food delivery program, and a science program. Up until here, I had never been paid for my work, time, or effort.
After finishing my first year of college, I applied to a marketing internship at a firm. I was hired and marketed very well-known colleges and universities in the US (colleges ranging from MA, NY, VT, to all the way to CA!). This was my first paid position where I even had my own desk and cubicle. During this summer (2016), I went to a business I knew of and proposed a marketing plan. The owner dug it and I marketed his 3 businesses for over a year.
During my second year of college, my work study leveraged my skills and I was hired to market for my school’s sustainability initiative. I marketed throughout the school year and on-and-off with my previous summer client while taking on a fall internship (marketing a coffee chain) and a spring internship (marketing an insurance company). After that academic year ended, I took on 2 new clients (briefly a party rental company as well as an Italian chain I love and still market for).
At this time, I became curious about BA work. I started to Google and ask questions and took my first BA job in May of 2017. I had no idea how to start but I wanted to explore different work options while sticking to working in marketing. I wanted to gain more skills and insights from different types of marketing, outside of social media marketing. Plus, I wanted to have fun while working! (Which seems rare).
From May to September, I have worked for 27 different brands. I’ve learned a lot in the past few months and I’m ready to pass on my experiences in order to help others with their own journeys through BA work!
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