Hey, great response, thanks!
My friend is indeed a BA but the training-placement company he went through isn't taking applications, and my applications with comparable companies didn't go anywhere (and lots seem to have pretty bad reputations, and all sorts of strange contractual obligations). He actually put me in touch with a colleague and there was a job opportunity, but the colleague completely ignored my intro email and the follow-up. Very disappointing for my friend, as well as myself, but shows how inpenetrable the job market has become if even contacts don't even have the courtesy to respond!
I could try the OU's service, actually -- I'll contact them...good idea...
Yeah, my degree was Business Management, which has so much cross-over with the BA field, but employers aren't biting, unfortunately.
Another thing I can do is ask my friend for any internship opportunities.