Jason Morel | French Student Intern Review

Jason Morel, Grenoble University Student

I reached the end of my three months internship at UK Sotheby’s International Realty. Through this short article, I’ll try to summarize the memorable experience I just lived.

I was in charge of content creation and management on Facebook and LinkedIn. I used Hootsuite to schedule around 300 posts. As a result of my work, I increased by 14% the number of fans and by 58% the number of engagements on Facebook. Regarding LinkedIn, I boosted by 17% the number of followers and by 135% the number of engagements.

Moreover I worked collaboratively with the accountants’ team creating the annual fees report on Excel. It was a great opportunity for me to learn new skills. For example, I learned how to use pivot tables when formulating the yearly figures, providing relevant information to the head of the company. My previous training in Excel also enabled me to help my colleague who was having issues with computing payment delay. By creating a conditional formula using “Datedif” I was able to create a simple and efficient way to tackle this problem.

Due to my marketing skills developing rapidly throughout the internship, I was trusted with the project of creating a document that would be given to clients when valuating properties. Clients could then receive a clear, formulated document instructing them on pricings and future steps that will be conducted. It was extremely thrilling to produce something the company will use in the future.

I was also put in charge of creating the monthly internal newsletter for October and November as well as an article on the evolution of exchange rates.

Using my native language, I helped the company by translating property descriptions from English to French, targeting potential French clients.

Shadowing viewings with both sales and lettings, brokers enabled me to firstly understand the techniques which are conducted when interacting with clients but also served as a great way for me to discover new areas of London.

I say a massive thank you to Amanda and all the team for welcoming me even during this hard time with those unusual conditions. It was great to start my gap year with UK Sotheby’s International Realty. By the way, I am currently looking for my next internship, I focus my research on investment banking, wealth and asset management, or financial services. Any help would be very welcome, you can reach me via LinkedIn or via email.

Explore living along the English Coastline

Portsmouth and Southsea

Portsmouth is a port city in Hampshire, England, with a total population of 205,400 residents. Portsmouth and Southsea are located 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south-east of Southampton.

Historically, Portsmouth has been closely linked to the Royal Navy and still a tenth of the city’s workforce is employed at the Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, which is directly linked to the city’s biggest industry, defence, with the headquarters of BAE Systems Surface Ships. With the contraction of the Royal Navy in the 1990s the City’s economy started to diversify significantly.

The University of Portsmouth was founded in 1992 as a new university from the existing Portsmouth Polytechnic. The university was ranked among the top 100 modern universities in the world in April 2015. The university has over 23,000 students and more than 2500 staff. Each year, people from 150 countries come from across the globe to join the University.

Portsmouth Harbour has passenger ferry links to Gosport and the Isle of Wight from the Portsmouth International Port, with a car ferry service to the Isle of Wight operated by Wightlink located nearby. Britain’s longest-standing commercial hovercraft service, begun in the 1960s, still runs from near Clarence Pier to Ryde, Isle of Wight, operated by Hovertravel. Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port has links to Caen, Cherbourg-Octeville, St Malo, and Le Havre in France, Santander and Bilbao in Spain and the Channel Islands.

Gunwharf Quays is a mixed residential and retail destination with outlet stores, restaurants, pubs, and cafés. Construction of the Spinnaker Tower began in 2001 and was completed in summer 2005. The 560 feet (170 m) tower is visible from 23 miles (37 km) on a clear day, and its viewing platforms provide views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight.

Southsea is a seaside resort and residential area that lies at the southern end of Portsea Island. There are many opportunities to be had for residential investors to take advantage of the demand for long and short term housing for students and staff at the university. From modern apartment living to more elegant town houses there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Our properties in Southsea

The Country department of UK Sotheby’s International Realty is very active in introducing quality properties to UK and international buyers. Indeed, this week has seen a sale agreed in Southsea with the ultimate occupants being international.

See what value is available on the South Coast!

Fort View

Royal Gate, Southsea

The house retains its original features of high ceilings and large rooms with period cornicing and plasterwork. Over 3,400 sq ft of accommodation allows for spacious living. Elegant dining room and drawing room have magnificent views across the Solent and Approaches. Five bedrooms occupy the top three floors with two ensuite and a further family bathroom. The ground floor can be a separate self-contained annex with kitchen/living space and a further bedroom with ensuite. A well-proportioned wine cellar, external courtyard and entrance is also on this level.


Kent Road, Southsea

One of Thomas Ellis Owen’s finest creations in the heart of central Southsea.
Southsea is a delightful and mature seaside resort, located to the south of Portsmouth city centre and to the east of Old Portsmouth. It developed as a fashionable Victorian seaside resort in the 19th century subsequently growing into a residential suburb and large, distinct commercial and entertainment area, separate from the centre of Portsmouth.


John Fisher
Country House and Estate Sales
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