Degree in Public Relations and Advertising Equips Alumna Maggie Stasko with Skills to Succeed at BCW Global Alumni Profile
Meet Maggie Stasko
- Job Title & Employer
- Account Executive, BCW Global
- Public Relations & Advertising
- Graphic Design
- April 2018
- North Huntingdon
- High School
- Norwin High School
- Now Living In
- Bloomfield, Pa.
- Hobbies & Interests
- Culture, cooking, travel, quality time with family and friends
"I’ve always felt so prepared for what I do professionally because of what I was taught at Point Park. Having professors who are still in the field makes all the difference because they’re able to teach from experience. It’s more real world and less textbook."
What steps did you take to secure a position as an account executive at BCW Global?
I spent my first year post-grad working at a different ad agency in the city where I was hired full time after spending a semester as their intern. When I was ready to transition to the next phase of my career, I joined PRSA Pittsburgh and reconnected with old classmates and professors. At a monthly happy hour, Camille Downing (my former Point Park professor) suggested I look into an open position at BCW. From there, it was a few phone interviews, two in-person interviews and a timed writing test that got me where I am today.
In what ways did your college experience prepare you for your career?
I’ve always felt so prepared for what I do professionally because of what I was taught at Point Park. Having professors who are still in the field makes all the difference because they’re able to teach from experience. It’s more real world and less textbook. Opportunities such as PRSSA and student-run outlets like WPPJ and The Globe, as well as facilities like the Center for Media Innovation, showed me what a career in the field could look like. And spoiler alert – it very much does!
Tell us about the work you do.
My work is split between working on our largest client, Bank of America, to working on some very niche B2B companies across different industries. Typically, I do a lot of writing, editing and proofing; I pitch my clients’ stories to the media, do research and provide strategic council. At BCW, I’m a part of a much larger team so getting to collaborate with teammates in different offices across the country is a new challenge that I enjoy navigating.
What advice do you have for prospective School of Communication students?
First off, having Downtown Pittsburgh as the backdrop of your college campus adds so much culture and depth to your experience. Being seamlessly integrated into the heart of Pittsburgh is something I will always value about Point Park.
I also recommend creating relationships with your professors – ask to get a coffee or meet during their office hours. Share what you want to do and where you’d like to be post-grad. Your professors are often well-connected and respected in their field and want to help you reach your goals.
And lastly – get involved. It’s such generic advice but will definitely benefit you in the long run. Between unique classes and lots of clubs, there is so much to be a part of. Don’t miss out on the community aspect of college.
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