Rambutan’s new apprentice, Jami-Lei, shares her thoughts on her first week with the bunch.
I was excited to start at Rambutan, despite having only ever been to Market Harborough once before in my life (and that was for my interview!). I walked into the office to see Craig and Lucy, both of whom were pleasantly surprised to see me half an hour before I was expected. A round of coffees and some introductions later, I had my first meeting with Lucy.
By the end of the first three days I had already become comfortable with being in the office on my own and talking to the rest of the bunch. In my interview, David had said that people who work here are spoilt compared to those who experience other companies and I can confidently confirm that this is true! It’s like a working family with no real hierarchies or awkwardness. From the stories I’ve heard, I know that I will have a great time here and have a lot of learning experiences with some refreshing people.
I quite like social media. I like talking to people and I have enough social apps on my phone to keep me vacant from the outside world for a whole day if I like. However, there is one platform that I cannot boast any kind of expertise in: LinkedIn. It’s like that section on Facebook that asks what your job is (most people put something like “Food Tester at KFC” or “Lego Sculptor”) except that’s the whole site.
One of the items on my agenda for the first week was to update my LinkedIn profile to proudly show that I am now a member of the Rambutan Bunch! What I was not aware of was that my profile was definitely not up to any company’s standards. My picture didn’t show my face, the summary simply read “I accidentally make really good decisions” and I had no catchy tagline like the rest of my Rambutan friends.
I have had three jobs in my lifetime, and none of them were impressive enough to have a whole profile dedicated to my role or responsibilities. I didn’t even know what my job title would be for my first occupation – how do you say in professional terms that I served fish and chips for six hours a day? Luckily, everyone was quick to come to my rescue and my summary now has actual information and paragraphs. It’s a very exciting time in my life. It almost feels like graduating from social media school. Even so, I still have a couple bookmarks on my browser for LinkedIn tips and tricks!
Most of the work I’ll be doing here will be to support Sue in marketing, something I am very keen to learn more about. I’ve learned a great deal about marketing already and all sorts of key terms like B2B and collateral, and it was great seeing how all the generic marketing stuff I’d learnt fits in with Rambutan. I’m quite looking forward to getting involved in the social media side of things soon…as I mentioned before, I’m a little (very) enthusiastic about it!