Natalie, Founder Of Soak Society, Shares Her Top Tips For Candidates Starting Their First ‘Real’ Job

Posted On 5 Sep 2016

Natalie, Founder Of Soak Society, Shares Her Top Tips For Candidates Starting Their First ‘Real’ Job

5 Sep 2016
Natalie, Founder Of Soak Society, Shares Her Top Tips For Candidates Starting Their First ‘Real’ Job

EST10 Team, News & Events

Natalie, Founder Of Soak Society, Shares Her Top Tips For Candidates Starting Their First ‘Real’ Job

When I was 19 years old I moved from a small town on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to Sydney. I was young and naturally, thought I knew everything. The bustling big city life very quickly took it’s hold on me; I was going to bed late, eating crappy food and wasn’t exercising. The worst thing was, I was struggling to get to work on time every day and my position at the company I worked for was under strain because of it. I look back on that time with regret. Even though it was a learning curve that would possibly only improve with age and time, I still wish I’d put more effort into taking care of myself and my career.

These days I like to think we are more educated on these issues because of social media and connectedness, and even though there is a certain wisdom that only comes with experience, the truth is you can change anything in your life at any point… you just have to want it. I know that everything that’s happened in my life has happened for a reason and taught me a lesson, however there are things I wish I could tell my 19 year old self in particular when it came to career. So here are a few snippets of advice for those of you who might be starting in your first big inner city office like I was, or starting your first ‘real’ job after uni in your desired industry.

Get enough sleep and go to bed early. I know it’s hard. For some reason when I lived in Bondi I could never get to bed before midnight. Couple that with having to get up at 6am everyday to get to work, and working a few nights a week at a restaurant to help pay the rent, you can see how I became burnt out. I would get a flu or cold so often, and I truly believe sleep is the best combat. Arianna Huffington has a new book called The Sleep Revolution which is a great read, but her previous book Thrive is also the perfect intro to why sleep is so important for literally everything in your life. Now I try to get to bed before 10pm every night as I’ve heard that every hour before midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep.

Eat nourishing foods and pack your lunch. I cringe when I think of the amount of times (and money) I spent at the expensive deli across the road from my office, just because I didn’t have the time to pack my lunch. If you’re trying to impress at your new job, ducking out all the time to buy coffee, lunch or snacks isn’t going to seem productive to your colleagues or boss.

Get up early to get to work on time. This one’s pretty simple to say, but so much harder to implement. It’s something that most people struggle with, no matter your age. I recently read a book called The Miracle Morning, that basically says to get up 30 minutes earlier so that you can start your day relaxed, motivated and with plenty of time to get things done. You can include meditation, visualization, exercise or simply reading in that 30 minutes. There’s even a very supportive Facebook group you can join! I have memories of always missing the bus I was supposed to be on, having to catch taxis to work, not being able to find a parking spot, and worst of all, trying to sneak in without my boss seeing me. And all because I didn’t get up early enough to seize the day!

Exercise. We all know the benefits of exercising more… those happy endorphins do wonders! But what nobody tells you is that it doesn’t have to be a 5km run or a 2 hour yoga class. Start with 5 minutes a day and work your way up! I love the Zova app for this style of exercise you can work out in your living room if you want, there’s fun music, and most of the workouts range from 5 to 20 minutes. You’ll feel so pumped starting a day with some exercise and more motivated to go into work and kick some goals!

Always have a positive attitude. Nobody likes a Debbie Downer, especially in the office. You’ve probably come in contact with these people before, always focusing on the negative. There is always a positive angle, attitude or solution, you just have to find it and focus on it. Doing this will show your colleagues that you are a go-getter than can handle anything with a winning attitude. Try not to let your personal life interfere with your role at work. Being happy in all areas of your life comes down to how much love you have for YOU, and Mel Ambrosini has a wonderful book called Mastering Your Mean Girl which has some tactics!

Pamper session. Last but definitely not least, my favourite… a weekly pamper session. When I was younger, this was low on the priority list. I mean yes there’s always time for a quick spray tan or getting your hair done to look good, but I’m talking about setting aside an hour or two every week just for you. Have a bath, paint your nails, light some candles, put on a beautiful face mask, write in a journal, drink some calming herbal tea and create a lovely space to be alone and pamper yourself! Doing this on a Sunday evening will set you up for a great week, and your skin on Monday will be glowing from your face mask!


Soak Society was born in 2014 in a small apartment in New Farm, Brisbane. Founder Natalie wanted to share her love of soaking with the world, and begin to make baths cool again. Out with brightly coloured bath salt crystals and bombs, and in with beautiful wellness soaks made from the highest quality natural and organic ingredients.