From Yoga Tights to Nespresso Business Attire…
Who would have thought that this health & wellness chick
would have a crack at a 9-5 desk job (and love it?)
For those of you unaware, my side gig from @flavourfoodflow is actually a Bachelor of Commerce with a Marketing Major at the University of Sydney (yes, my inner nerd). I am due to graduate at the end of this year and so, with graduation just around the corner, I chose to partake in an Industry Placement subject. Essentially, IPP (for short) provides you with the relevant experience inside a real-life company! The best (or for some, worst) part of this subject is that you had to apply through a formal application process – resume and grade application, online interview and an assessment centre. For those selected to continue, the subject coordinators matched you up with a company they felt best suited you. I was extremely lucky to be paired up with Nespresso and its Marketing Department in their Head Office located in North Sydney.
10 weeks of coffee HERE… WE… GO!
Three Valuable Lessons.
Being the busy-body I am, I felt it was necessary to give corporate business life a crack! From this experience, I have 3 valuable lessons that will not only help direct my personal growth and future career path, but hopefully also inspire yours.
Firstly, the importance of work/life balance and adhering to your values within the work place. For me, this is a particular focus on mental health, physical health and ensuring adequate nutrition.
Secondly, the significance of working for a company who shares the same beliefs/interests to your own, and how a passion for what you do can assist with better work outcomes. At Nespresso, I thrived whenever I was working on a project that aligned closely with my strengths – such as the creative elements, briefing design agencies and the Wellness Initiatives. I can not stress enough how important it is to work for a company that you love – the product, the people, the place and the passion.
Thirdly, I learnt the power of feeling busy in a job that you enjoy, helping to ensure that days are not wasted. Reflecting back on my experience at Nespresso (Marketing department), the idea of a ‘desk job’ no longer holds negative connotations, but rather presents itself as a possible career direction that I would love to explore. Like they say do not judge a book by its cover, you equally need to try before you buy – if you have never experienced a certain job role, you can not immediately jump to the conclusion you will not enjoy it. For me, I have always thought I would never enter a business environment (the usual 9-5 gig). Now, I can recognise that I will enter a 9-5 role if it interests me, and I can rock up to work every day loving the life I live.
Expectation VS Reality.
I was expecting to learn a lot during the ten weeks. As most of you know, I work alongside my Commerce degree as a wellness influencer, health coach and yoga teacher. Nespresso’s corporate business environment took me out of my comfort zone and I was concerned about the difference between my current experience and a full day behind a desk. I knew it would be increasingly difficult to remain physically active, socialise and see my family – my life priorities! I felt exceptionally occupied over the last 10 weeks – fancy way of saying BUSY AF! However each day was sensational. I can assure that my time-management skills have improved beyond measure, and my ability to stay organised is my new secret weapon.
My first day involved the usual office tour and meet and greets. My Supervisor, with her previous experience in the Advertising world, instantly inspired me! I was also aware of her frequent appearances on the Gruen Transfer – now that is pretty cool. With her guidance, I learnt quickly about who did what, seeing which areas best resonated with my interests. My absolute favourite was the Public Relations team (PR for short), digital marketing and product promotion. As you can imagine, the digital space sparked an interest in me because it is quite similar to some of the social media projects I work on myself for @flavourfoodflow.
9 to Thrive.
I loved working on projects where I could see the impact of my contributions – stay tuned with the upcoming promotional antics of Nespresso – I DID THAT! Watching hard work unfold found myself waking up with immense excitement on the weekdays placement fell on. I will admit that it was all a bit nerve-wracking and foreign at first, however the more experience I had in such tasks, the more confident I became. I stayed true to my values and refused to become stressed or anxious, ensuring that my days were enriching.
This is my moto, and I encourage you all to employ this foundation within your own career paths – do you wish to work to live? Or live to work? Food for thought…
I stayed true to my values and refused to become stressed or anxious, ensuring that my days were enriching.
My Love/Hate Relationship with Technology.
Yes, computers are great. Yes, smart phones make digital marketing possible. Yes, e-mail is super convenient and an easy way to reach people. BUT I stand by the belief that technological advancements have both positive and negative effects in the workplace. Nothing is done by a pen and paper these days, so it is not surprising that a vast amount of time at the office is spent working on a computer at your desk. I am an extremely active individual (ya think?!), previously working in jobs that require a lot of physical movement. So, as you can imagine, I found sitting at a desk for extended periods of time to be a significant challenge. At times, it made me feel restless and lethargic, but I constantly reminded myself how important it was for me to experience this style of work if Marketing is the direction I wish to go down in the future. On the other hand, it also taught me another one of those valuable lessons. How to be flexible in an entirely inflexible situation. My resolution to the issue involved multiple ‘rest’ breaks (Nespresso coffee on hand at all times). My second resolution was to take advantage of the close proximity of Nespresso HQ – and by close, I mean walking distance. A one hour walk home from work may not suit everybody, but for me, it was magical. Bringing my runners to work, changing from heels to sneakers before I left the office at 5pm…GENIUS. I went from tired to extremely awake and rejuvenated by the time I arrived home.
On the other hand, it also taught me another one of those valuable lessons. How to be flexible in an entirely inflexible situation.
Bringing my runners to work, changing from heels to sneakers before I left the office at 5pm… GENIUS. I went from tired to extremely awake and rejuvenated by the time I arrived home.
To anyone from Nespresso whom I have been lucky enough to work alongside with, I want to say THANK YOU. You were incredibly welcoming, nurturing and taught me everything I now know about business life (high expectations follow as a result!)
SO there you have it. An insight into my experience at a business job (yippee!).
Working with a recognizable brand is motivating, and I highly recommend giving it a go. On the other hand, in terms of my personal growth and ‘where to from here’, I remain convinced that a healthy and active lifestyle will stand as the foundation for my career.
Look out @flavourfoodflow – good things are coming your way 🙂