House-sitting as a means of Affordable Travel
I have travelled the world as a student, camping, back-packing and youth hosteling, latterly discovering house-sitting as a green and affordable way to travel.Then in my final year at Uni I joined HouseSitMatch.com a new ‘start-up’ as their first intern, and that’s when I really began to discover ‘house-sitting’ – an incredibly under-rated yet a really authentic way to travel.
I now think that house-sitting is really the best way to discover the way people live from within their neighbourhood – to ‘live like a local’.
Interning at HouseSit Match the House-sitting Network
Its been nearly a year since I started Interning at HouseSit Match, and since then I have learnt and gained so much valuable hands-on experience in the marketing industry.
Since I started studying public relations and marketing at Bucks New University, I was keen to gain some practical experience in the industry. Travel is definitely one of my biggest interests, I am constantly reading and researching into it and always trying to save up enough money for my next adventure! Having been so obsessed with travel, I decided I should try and merge my passion for travel with my interest in marketing and the industry itself. I had already spent some time Interning for a marketing and PR agency, so I wanted to try an in-house, a client-side role. HouseSit Match, was the perfect fit for me, and has allowed me to really develop my skills in marketing whilst gaining knowledge and understanding in the running of an online travel business. That’s not all, HouseSit Match is also part of the new emerging sharing economy, like Uber, AirBnB and Liftshare, companies that allow people to meet online and collaborate for mutual benefit, and in the case of HouseSit Match to create house-sitting and pet-sitting solutions.
I was so lucky to have been given the opportunity to join the team at the start of my final year. Working at HouseSit Match has allowed me to put a lot of the theory we were being taught at university into practice. From day one I was creating marketing content for the main website, blogs and also identifying if there was any opportunity for media coverage. I also was given responsibilities to keeping the social media up to date. Alongside gaining in-depth knowledge into the running of a company and the importance of good branding. I also attended the World Travel Market (WTM) event at the London Excel as part of the team.
Writing about Travel, Pets and House-sitting
One of the most valuable opportunities working at HouseSit Match has given me is that it has allowed me to really start to refine my writing skills. I learnt new ways and styles to write for different audiences, but also the styles for offline and online publications. The wonderful thing about HouseSit Match is that it has so many different angles to target content, from travel to pets or security. There are so many opportunities to write, and not only do you have different angles but the audiences are different too! Content creation can be specific for home and pet owners or the audience of house-sitters. This has really been a valuable experience and helped me refine how to write, present and post marketing content in both traditional and social media. I learned about the power of each ‘keyword’ online, about the impact of imagery in all media, all very valuable lessons.
Internships are an invaluable way to gain experience in any industry, it challenges you but also allows you to learn in a way you don’t get from text books, lectures and case-studies. I would really recommend anyone studying for a degree to try and gain some Intern work experience, even just for a short time. HouseSit Match has been such a great experience and has allowed me to explore all aspects of marketing and business in a real-life situation.
Do you love travel, pets and have a keen enthusiasm for the marketing industry? HouseSit Match is now offering an undergraduate the opportunity to join the team to work alongside their university degree. You must be based in or near High Wycombe in the UK.
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