Intern Success Story: Yara Magarino, Business Development Executive
Today we are asking a few questions to Yara, a business developer who is now working in the company but started as an intern.
How did you get to Festicket?
I was living and working in Spain (where I’m originally from) after graduating with a degree in communication. I was happy with what I was doing but wanted to pursue my career in the music industry which is really difficult in Spain, so my first thought was to come to the UK.
I enrolled in a degree in music business at BIMM and as part of that, started an internship at Festicket for 6 months.
I really enjoyed my internship — I liked the environment at Festicket and the amount of responsibility you get from the very beginning. I was offered a full-time position at the end of my internship, which was exciting — and of course, I accepted!
What does a Business Development Executive do?
Long story short — we are in charge of identifying business opportunities and building long-term relationships with suppliers.
I work with suppliers around transportation, glamping, camping or anything else really that can make the festival experience for our travelers better.
I also talk to the festival promoters to find new solutions for their festivals. I’m trying to find any gaps they might have in their offering so that it becomes a win-win situation for the festival and Festicket.
What does a typical day at Festicket look like for you?
There’s no such thing as a typical day if I’m honest, apart from Mondays, because that’s when we plan our week.
It is the most important day because that’s when all of the business developers are coming together. We talk about what festivals are launching and discuss the best strategy for non-ticket products.
We also have a meeting focused on marketing with the wider team on the same day. With that information, we can decide which products will be a good fit and start reaching out to our contacts to put everything together.
What is the best memory you’ve made at Festicket?
I really enjoyed working at Festicket from the start — it is such a dynamic and young environment!
I suppose my best memory would be when they told me that I got the job! But ask me again in a couple of weeks, because I’m going to Tomorrowland Winter with some of my co-workers, which I’m really excited about!
As an employee at Festicket we get the opportunity to go to different festivals, but on this occasion, I have been selected to work on site. Despite working, I’ll also be able to experience the festival, which is particularly exciting because it’s the first time Tomorrowland Winter is taking place.
Do you have some advice for people who want to join the team? From a former intern to a future intern I would say — be curious, ask a lot of questions, don’t be afraid to ask even silly questions and don’t hesitate to interact with your team and voice your own opinion. Try to bond with your co-workers, not just with your immediate team but also the people around you. If you are good at what you do, there is a big chance they will hire you.
Wasn’t it scary to move to the UK?
Yes, it was scary to come alone without knowing anyone and to try to get into the music industry. So many people want to be in this industry and everybody seems to have a lot of experience, so you have to make sure you are heard and seen.
Of course, it was scary but if you don’t try you will never know. I liked my job in Spain but I know that if I had stayed in Spain I would have spent a lot of time wondering what it would be like to move to the UK and to try something else.