5 Steps To Becoming a Brand Ambassador in College

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Contrary to the popular belief, you don’t need to be a celebrity or have millions of Instagram followers to become a successful brand ambassador. Sure, it helps, but there are simpler ways to go about this. Before we dive into the details, let’s quickly go over what it actually means to be a brand ambassador.

A brand ambassador is someone who represents a particular company or an organization with the goal of raising awareness of its products or services. Essentially, a brand ambassador job requires you to interact with others in a friendly and engaging manner to spark interest and create a memorable connection between them and the brand.

Brand ambassador jobs are very popular among college students because they let you work directly on campus and offer lots of creative freedom. Posting flyers, hosting events, interacting with student organizations and building social media presence are all effective ways to give your brand a voice. Plus, you virtually don’t need any specific knowledge to get started. So, where do you begin?

1. Find a Good Fit

Before you decide to become a brand ambassador, you first need to find a brand that you’d be genuinely excited to represent. Look for a company that rewards you with solid pay, not just free t-shirts, and gives you an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

2. Show Some Love

And by some we mean A LOT! After all, that’s what a brand ambassador role is mainly about. Focus on more than just the product — highlight the experience of engaging with it. True passion and energy are hard to fake, so if you work for a brand that naturally brings them out in you, it’ll only make your job easier.

3. Exert Your Influence

As a college student, you have a unique understanding of your campus climate and the local community. To become truly valuable in the eyes of the brand, ensure that you’re well connected with other students and use your network to make your voice heard.

4. Be Professional

As an ambassador, you’re the face of the brand that most people see before even the brand itself. That’s why you should constantly strive to present yourself in the best light and in line with the brand’s guidelines. Pro tip: professionalism never goes out of style.

5. Grow With the Brand

If you do things right, you can eventually make your brand ambassador role work for you and, more specifically, your resume. Once you graduate, your ability to show relevant accomplishments that extend beyond your college degree will prove to be invaluable. A brand ambassador role today is your ticket to a successful career tomorrow.

Ready to cut to the chase? If so, then there’s a perfect opportunity waiting for you right around the corner. Be Your Own Boss is an exiting college program from one of the leading payment technology companies, TransNational Payments. It was created to give students like you an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience on your own time and get rewarded along the way. Sounds like the type of brand you’d like to grow with? Then make your move and apply for a brand ambassador role today!

 

Why Now Is the Best Time to Look for a Job

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Had you been in college ten years ago, your prospective jobs might’ve looked less promising than they do now. That’s because the real world of the late 2000s was greeting its newest graduates with a nearly 10 percent unemployment rate, courtesy of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Today, things are much different. A jobs report this month indicated that the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs, lowering the unemployment rate to just 3.8 percent. What does this mean for you as a college student? It means that when it comes to finding a job, luck is on your side.

More Jobs

Do you know what’s great about low unemployment? It’s the plethora of opportunities that are just waiting for the right candidate to arrive. In some places, the amount of available jobs even exceeds the number of people willing or able to do them. So, in many ways, some companies are competing for your attention, instead of the other way around.

Better Pay

Speaking of attention — a lot of employers are willing to go the extra mile for the right candidate, including offering higher pay and signing bonuses. This is great news not only for students who want to get a head start on paying off their student loans, but also for those trying to save money while facing the harsh reality of rising rent and gas prices.

Early Start

Just because companies are actively looking for talent and willing to pay more when they see it doesn’t mean that they’re just giving jobs away. Experience, for example, still plays a major role in your ability to find a job, since your degree alone won’t get you as far as you’d like.

That’s why it’s better to start planning your life after college while you’re still a student. Here at Be Your Own Boss, we help college students like you gain meaningful experience in our fun and engaging brand ambassador, marketing intern and college sales executive roles.

Ready to make money, gain experience AND still have time to study and party? See how you can get started today!

5 Ways to Get Involved in College

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Although the main purpose of going to college is to obtain an education, there’s so much more to it. Between studying and partying, students have many opportunities to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities that can shape their college experience into something unique. Here are just a few ideas for how you can make the most of your four years in school — how are you getting involved?

Get a Part-Time Job

Let’s start with the best one: a part-time job. Unlike other activities on this list, a part-time job gives you an opportunity to get involved AND get paid. It can also provide relevant resume-building experience that will help you get a full-time job in the future.

So, how do you know which part-time job to choose? You can work as a barista, be a tour guide or try peer tutoring, but there’s one type of job that should be on your list regardless — B2B (business-to-business). The reason we mention B2B specifically is because it often not only pays more than a typical on-campus job, but also teaches useful professional skills, like negotiation and active listening.

There are many B2B jobs on the market, but it’s rare to find one specifically designed for college students. This is why the  Be Your Own Boss college program was created. Competitive pay, flexible schedule and easily accessible training are just some of the things that make it stand out. Check out this College Sales Executive position to learn how you can excel in a B2B role.

Join or Create a Club

If money or work experience isn’t high on your list of priorities right now, then a student club is a great option. The best part is that you rarely need anything more than a mere interest to qualify for membership — outdoors club, Tae Kwan Do Club, Robotics Club, you name it. And if your campus doesn’t have one that you’re interested in, you can start your own and even get funding from the school to help run it. That would be a great way to showcase your leadership skills to future employers.

Play an Intramural Sport

You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to play a sport in college. From soccer and flag football to tennis and racquetball, most campuses feature sports activities that don’t put pressure on participants to perform well. You don’t need to get up for 6 a.m. practices, worry about maintaining your athletic scholarship or miss important lectures because of road games.

Of course, intramural sports are usually nothing more than a fun way to socialize with friends and meet new people. You could list them on your resume under “extracurricular activities,” but don’t expect it to carry the same weight as a part-time job, for example. Nevertheless, it’s a great way to keep in shape and stay involved.

Participate in Greek Life

If we had to pick one stereotype that U.S. colleges and universities have around the world, it would be Greek Life. It seems like every college-themed movie features fraternities and sororities, but the way they’re portrayed often doesn’t reflect the reality.

If you choose to participate in Greek recruitment on your campus (even if you don’t plan on joining a fraternity or sorority), you’ll learn that every organization is different in terms of history, values and traditions. One thing they all share, however, is the opportunity for their members to get involved.

Whether you opt for internal leadership positions or participate in philanthropic activities and campus events with your fellow members, you’re almost guaranteed to find something meaningful to do with your time. 

Start to Volunteer

Speaking of philanthropy, you don’t have to be part of any club or organization to give back to your community. The fact that you donate your free time to the greater good can be very rewarding both in terms of personal growth and professional skill development.

However, don’t pick a volunteer or community service activity just for the sake of putting it on your resume. Instead, go with something that you’re passionate about and make it your cause. Volunteering is still work, albeit unpaid work, and your devotion to it can be a great indicator of your dedication to your future job.

With so many available opportunities to get involved with in college, there’s simply no excuse to not at least try. The earlier you start, the more you’ll get out of it. And the best time to start is now!

 

Managing Stress While Working a Part-Time Job in College

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Academics, athletics, student organizations, volunteering… add a part-time job to the mix and it may feel like a one-way trip to a mental breakdown. But that doesn’t have to be the case, as long as you know how to manage your time and prioritize your responsibilities. To celebrate the National Student Employment Week, let’s take a look at how you can keep both a part-time job and peace of mind while going to school.

Organize Your Schedule 

We aren’t going to tell you to buy a planner or sync every day of your life with an online calendar, although it can work well for some people. To truly organize your schedule you have to go back to the basics and determine what should and shouldn’t be on there in the first place.

It might be tempting to want to get involved in anything and everything, but you only have 24 hours in a day. Determine your limits and then prioritize the responsibilities that fall within them.

Get Moving

Unless you’re a varsity athlete or an avid gym-goer, you’re likely not getting the exercise your body and mind need. Lack of movement is directly linked to high stress and even depression and will negatively affect other aspects of your life.

College presents plenty of opportunities to get up and moving. Whether it’s the school gym or intramural sports, every student should be able to find something that fits their interests. Even simply going for a walk or a run can help clear your mind. The best part — it’s free!

Develop Good Habits

This one is easier said than done, but it doesn’t mean it’s not worth a try. Human beings are creatures of habit, and creating good ones is much easier than changing bad ones. For example, try to get enough sleep. It might be especially challenging around midterms and finals, but this is exactly why you need to organize your schedule. Developing a more consistent study pattern during the semester could mean less cramming at the end of it, which will leave time for sleep and lead to a better performance on that paper or exam.

Now that you know how to manage your stress, it’s time to find a part-time job that won’t add to it. If you’re looking for great pay, flexible schedule and valuable professional B2B experience, check out Be Your Own Boss, a new college program by TransNational Payments.

Top 10 Jobs for College Students

#1. Sales Reps

Sales is one of the most rewarding professions, because it often doesn’t require prior experience and teaches transferable skills that can come in handy in any career. For example, the College Sales Executive position at Be Your Own Boss, the College Program of TransNational Payments, is designed specifically for college students that are looking to make money while still having time to study and make the most of their social life. Besides enjoying a flexible schedule, you will gain valuable B2B experience that will make post-graduation job searching that much easier.

#2. Marketing Intern

If you’re you a social media guru, like working with people and want to create something that truly matters, this may interest you. The Marketing Specialist Intern at Be Your Own Boss is a full-fledged opportunity that will help build your resume and give you a chance to apply your classroom experience in a real world setting. You get to create, develop and execute your own marketing plan, as well as improve your critical thinking ­skills and gain proficiency in a variety of analytical tools.

#3. Resident Assistant

Whether it’s a personal issue or a conflict, a good RA if often the student’s first point of contact (especially for freshmen). If you want to help fellow students and potentially get cheaper tuition and room and board, becoming an RA is a good option. However, keep in mind that this role can be stressful and unpredictable, especially considering you technically live where you work.

#4. Peer Tutor

Do you excel at a certain subject area? Want to help fellow students do the same? Become a peer tutor and share your wealth of knowledge with others. It’s a great way to solidify your understanding of the subject while gaining experience teaching others, which is especially great if you plan to pursue a career in education. The downside is that compensation can be limited and often requires you to qualify for federal work-study to apply.

#5. Campus Tour Guide

Making money and getting those 10,000 steps in every day has never been easier. Tour guides get to show off their campus to prospective students while answering questions about different aspects of college life. However, these tours may take a while, depending of the size of your campus, and they usually happen rain or shine. Plus, you also have to be a real people person, since you’ll be communicating with many of them on a daily basis.

#6. Library Assistant

Already spending a lot of time at your campus library? Consider becoming a library assistant. You could be in charge of various tasks, ranging from answering questions from visitors to checking out books and publications. While this job does provide some extra peace and quiet over other roles, those looking for an opportunity to earn as much as they want on their own time should probably look elsewhere.

#7.Babysitter

This is a popular role not just among college students, but really anyone who is good with kids and wants to make some extra cash supervising them for a few hours. The good part is that the amount you make is often negotiable, you can choose how often you want to accept babysitting jobs and you can have multiple clients, however, chances are you will be required to work evenings and weekends, which can interfere with your study and social schedule.

#8. Barista

Practically every college town these days has a Starbucks in addition to a plethora of other coffee shops and cafes. It’s a good opportunity to practice your people skills and you may even get some discounted food and drinks along the way. On the other hand, you shouldn’t expect much above the minimum wage, plus some customers can be difficult to deal with at times and the hours tend to start on the earlier side of the day, which typically isn’t a college student’s favorite time to do anything other than sleep, much less work.

#9. Waiter

Similarly to the previous position, this role comes with an even greater variety of places to work and make money. Again, the base pay is frequently tied to minimum wage, which leaves you at the mercy of your customers for tips if you want to make any real money. This job requires a lot of energy, and you don’t always have control over your shift schedule. Choose wisely, especially if you really want that extra time to study or party.

#10. Lifeguard

If you are a great swimmer and don’t mind hanging out by the pool a lot, becoming a lifeguard can be a good option. Prepare to spend much of the time on the sidelines, but also be able to act at a moment’s notice in the event of emergency. Unlike other jobs on this list, this one comes with stricter skill requirements, including CPR and lifeguard certifications, so you won’t be able to dive in right away if you don’t meet the qualifications.