Working at a boutique homestay on India’s coast — sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Well, for Amrita Das, it’s reality. And all because she was active (and proactive) on social media.
In fact, even we initially connected on Twitter. If you want advice on using social media to land awesome jobs like hers, read on!
Name: Amrita Das
Hometown: Shillong, India
Current location: Goa, India
Current job: Property manager at Turiya Villa and Spa in South Goa
Life philosophy: Do what you love and love what you do.
Spirit animal: A cross between a tiger and a sloth, perhaps. Possible?
Favorite quote: Oh, there are too many. These are my top two: “Make hay when the sun shines” and “Do yourself a favour. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it at first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world you can. You will not regret it.”
Favorite condiment: Chili flakes!
Fun fact about you: When I can’t make decisions, I irrationally add up numbers and find some superstition to deduce it, which somehow corresponds to my final decision. Yup, it’s as complicated as that!
Amrita’s Seasonal Life
What’s the first seasonal job you worked?
My current job is my first seasonal job. I am the property manager of this beautiful Portuguese villa in South Goa. I overlook and supervise guest bookings, guest relations, staff attendance and procedures and all other aspects of a functioning hospitality homestay.
What led you to getting that job?
I quit my corporate job in April this year to venture out as a travel blogger and freelance travel writer. I thought it might be a good idea to get myself this job to explore Goa while making enough time to write and share my other travel experiences.
What other seasonal jobs have you worked?
None yet, but as my tenure finishes here in a couple of months, I am looking out for another one.
How did you get that job? Any tips or advice for others interested in the same thing?
A Facebook post by About.com Travel India with the job description. I have always felt it is a good idea to keep in touch with people in the industry you’d like to work in and network and maintain social media pages accordingly.
Have you tried a traditional “grown-up” job? If yes, why did you stick with it or why did you quit? Do you see yourself working one in the future?
I have had two traditional 9-to-5 jobs and quit for different reasons. I moved cities after quitting the first one and travelled for 7 months. Once my savings were exhausted, I needed to find another full-time, well paying job. This is how I started working again and loved it for over three years.
Until earlier this year, when I decided to make travel a priority and hence, had to devise a more self-sustaining plan. That’s primarily the reason why I took up this job in Goa and balanced it with my writing and travelling. Evidently, travel has always been a central idea of my life 🙂
What rocks about seasonal jobs?
Exploring different geographic locations and witnessing cultures and practices. It’s fascinating to hear all the stories people share and meet so many of them.
What sucks about seasonal jobs?
Fleeting experiences. Sometimes, all I want is to meet some people forever. That is not a benefit I enjoy.
Have you used seasonal jobs to travel? If yes, how and to where?
Even though it is not a part of the job, I take time out and travel to neighbouring states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It’s about good time management and taking leave when the inflow of guests is low.
Have you gained any special skills or qualifications through seasonal jobs?
I wouldn’t be able to call them qualifications, though I have trained my professional self more for the hospitality industry. My people-skills and my eye of intricacies have developed much more. Even when I visit another hotel/homestay, I notice what they may be doing wrong and how we can avoid it in our homestay!
What’s the one coolest thing you’ve done through seasonal jobs?
Oh, discovered the forests of Goa. Unlike the popular beaches of Goa, I was thrilled to find solace in the green, tall forests of this diverse state! I take my scooter out every evening to lose myself amongst these woods. It is a magical experience!
Do you have any general tips for seasonal job seekers — to find jobs, keep them, and have fun?
Craiglist and Elance are great ways to socially connect with prospective jobs and so are Twitter and Facebook. Have a good and reliable online presence; it always helps.
Even though seasonal jobs may be too short-lived for many people, I know I will not be living a conventional life for a while now. It has allowed me to take that first step towards my dream and given me the confidence to follow my heart. What else do we need in this short life? 🙂
What would you say to someone who is interested in a seasonal job, but is scared of quitting their grown-up job?
I had a grown-up job that I loved very much, and yet I quit. And I was awfully scared before I did. But you know, it is just that first step. Once you take that, you will see how opportunities come to you, how much lighter you feel and how often you smile and laugh with people.
Just have a little faith and smile often 🙂
Thanks so much to Amrita for sharing her story with us! If you’d like to learn more, visit her blog Travelling Ides of March, or catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.