Bindiya, our newest bunch member, shares her experience of starting work at Rambutan.
For the last five years, I’ve been a stay-at-home mum raising my two amazing daughters and spending as much time as possible with them. When people say, ‘how time flies’, they’re not wrong. I wanted to cherish every moment I could because I knew I’d never gain those moments back!
In September, when my youngest started school, I decided to return to work. This was a daunting prospect, especially as I’d been away from employment for such a long time. I had many thoughts and questions, mainly about my ability to compete with the younger generation. I was concerned that they’d have gained all the latest knowledge and skills, whilst I was busy gaining experience in motherhood and all the challenges that come with it. However, with both of my girls at school, my week was seeming more and more empty. I needed to find me again, have a life outside of parenting and of course bring in some income. That’s when I joined the Rambutan bunch.
With my previous experience in customer service and data analysis, Rambutan seemed like a perfect match. In the short time since I started at Rambutan, I’ve been involved in many areas of the business, from analysing and quality-checking data, to facilitating meeting sessions and writing blogs (something that was completely new to me). With the experience I’ve gained in just three months and the changes I’ve seen in my ability, it’s been a welcome revelation. I love that I’m becoming a fully integrated member of the bunch, having learned much more about the business.
My advice to any mum seeking employment would be, ‘go for it!’ I now have a great work-life balance. I still have quality time with my daughters, but I also have time away from mum duties and housework, which is a welcome change. A year ago, I’d never have believed this was achievable, let alone be a part of a great, supportive bunch, working on stuff that I enjoy.
It’s been a great journey so far, getting to know the bunch and the wonderful work they do, not only for our clients but for the community. They’ve all been so welcoming and helpful which has eased any concerns I had when I started. I’m excited to see what the future brings after a long break from employment and I’m looking forward to continuing to work alongside an amazing bunch of people.
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