For a period of three months from May to July 2018, I had the opportunity to be an intern at SimplyGuest, and suffice it to say that it was one of the best learning experiences of my life. My association with SimplyGuest began when I moved into one of their houses in 2016. The house began to feel like home very soon, and before I knew it, I was part of the SimplyGuest family.
Sometime last year, I began writing articles for the SimplyGuest blog. I wrote on a wide range of subjects, ranging from lists of events happening in Bangalore to my accounts of my travels to sites near Bangalore, such as Hampi, Mysore, Ooty etc. When I graduated from college in April 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in media studies, I approached SimplyGuest for an internship in content writing, hoping to develop some of the skills I picked up in college and learn more from the industry itself.
When Subbu and Mayank decided to take me on as part of their team for the following three months, I was thrilled. In our very first meeting itself, I was told in articulate detail exactly what my job would entail. My main task was content creation for the SimplyGuest website, which involved creating area pages, property descriptions, FAQs etc.
What stood out about my internship here was that while I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, I learnt what it really means to write for the Internet. Some of the skills that Mayank – my main mentor at SimplyGuest – trained me in were Search Engine Optimisation, deep content writing and so on. He gave me several resources that I could use to hone my skills and understand what exactly it was that I was doing. And of course, he and Subbu were always there at any time of the day to clarify my doubts. Throughout my time here, I was never worried about not knowing how to do something, because I knew that my mentors would only be happy to show me the ropes. The best part was that in almost everything we did, Mayank went one step further to teach me things that would be useful not just in my activities for SimplyGuest, but also as a media professional (hopefully!) later on in life.
What was also great about my internship was that I wasn’t required to report to an office space at a particular time every day. As long as I was doing my work and emailing them the content, I was free to do it from anywhere. This gave me the freedom to work according to my needs, whether it was late at night from the comfort of my bed, or from aboard a bus on one of my travels. The working atmosphere was always wonderfully informal, and there was more than enough space for me to explore and innovate in my work according to the individual that I am. Once a week or so, I met up with the team or just with Mayank to go over my work and see how to proceed from there. This freedom of working the way I wanted was itself always an incentive to do my work.
At the end of these three months, I can certainly say that I learned a lot. The internet is here to stay, and my future in media depends heavily on my ability to manoeuvre my way through it even as I continue to churn out good written content. This, SimplyGuest and the team there have certainly trained me in. But more than anything, I can gladly say that I actually had a lot of fun working here, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s what counts above all else! In a few weeks, I will be leaving Bangalore to see what the future holds in store for me, but I can say with conviction that I will be leaving with only happy memories of my last few months here.