Bijal reflects on her relationship with Rambutan, as she’s now officially part of the bunch.
Many years ago, I joined a friend on a night out with my new boyfriend. We were asked if we were ‘Facebook official’, which greatly amused him! We’d never heard that term before, but apparently, relationship stages can be measured by how they’re referred to on social media… you probably already know this!
I was reminded of this term (which is no doubt obsolete now, given that Facebook seems to be in its decline amongst ‘young people’) when I started on a new stage of my relationship with Rambutan. I’ve known the bunch since the very beginning and have recently made it ‘official’ by joining as a consultant.
My career has taken me in many different directions, working with numerous people across retail, marketing and communications, both in the private and public sectors. During my first few weeks at Rambutan, I’ve delved into the detail with the rest of the bunch and met some amazing clients. It’s been a real privilege to become involved in some fantastic projects and I look forward to being able to deliver the Rambutan magic for our clients.
Outside of Rambutan, I run a community newspaper and an environmental organisation. As editor of the Thurmaston Times, I join in celebrations, witness local history and write about amazing events, all whilst using my communication skills to create a key resource for local people. In my role at Green Circle, we restore the biodiversity of green and blue spaces, opening them up for everyone to enjoy.
When I’m not working, I’m a Scouts volunteer. I love spending time with young people, but the fun doesn’t stop there. I help and support other like-minded volunteers too, sharing my leadership skills so that we can provide amazing adventures and activities to children across Leicestershire. Yes, you’ve spotted it – I love working with people, in whatever form that takes!
When I want to get away from it all, I simply pop below the surface of the water for about an hour. No, I haven’t got gills, but I have got scuba equipment. My favourite places to dive are around the South coast of England.
Fun fact: I’ve got a physics degree! Although I don’t use it directly in my day-to-day life, the analytical skills that I developed come in useful. I’ve been lucky enough to help teenagers with their own GCSEs and A-levels in my previous role as a part-time physics tutor. It’s exciting to know that one day a former student of mine may be my doctor!