The tale of the terrifying interview

Tracy believes a good fright can be a great opportunity to grow. You check your watch, it’s almost half-past two. You answered a listing for the job of your dreams a week ago and much to your surprise, you landed an interview! Your suit is pressed and you’re sitting outside the office door, having just…

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Emma’s first few weeks at Rambutan

Emma has joined the bunch as our new Marketing Apprentice. After two long years of completing my A-Levels, I decided on an Apprenticeship. With this, I knew I’d be able to gain a qualification while benefiting from the rewarding nature of a full-time job – experience is key! This led me to Rambutan, where I’m…

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From sixth form to the world of work

Ellie is one our newest bunch members, joining us as our Junior Management Consultant Apprentice. The long-awaited anticipation of A-Level results day had finally arrived; I opened my envelope and breathed a sigh of relief. My last two years of hard work in French, Business and Sociology, during the pandemic, had paid off. However, it…

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Discover the benefits of lifelong learning

When Tracy first heard about the Learning and Work Institute’s campaign, ‘Festival of Learning’, she knew it was a cause she could get behind. I recently started exploring my passion for numbers by studying with AAT (the Association of Accounting Technicians). I try to ‘crack’ the book (or laptop) a few hours per week and…

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‘Have a go’ month

At the grand old age of… late 40s, Kat decided it was high time she learned something new, with a bit of a ‘hands on’ feel about it rather than sitting in front of a computer screen. So, what better way than to take a narrowboat navigation day course? My stepdad recently bought a narrowboat,…

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World Photography Day 2021

To celebrate World Photography Day on 19 August, Sue wanted to share a few photos, highlighting this beautiful country she lives in. With the travel restrictions abroad and countries on the red, green and amber travel lists changing constantly, 2021 has been a very ‘staycation’ year. To celebrate our diverse country and to honour why…

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Cycle to Work Day

On ‘Cycle to Work Day’ (5 August) Kat has a look at a slightly different approach to a fab initiative. Merlin Matthews was such a genius at fixing bikes when he was at university that he became known as ‘Mr Bike’, often sorting people’s broken bikes in exchange for beer. He was even approached at…

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Work colleagues or work friends?

Kat chats about International Day of Friendship which is tomorrow, Friday 30 July. Although we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I’m still waiting for ‘Eldest Daughter’s Day’ (mine’s a large box of chocolates and a bottle of something nice please), but here’s one we can all get behind… International Day of Friendship. After all,…

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What’s a growth mindset?

Craig is passionate about growth mindsets and why they’re so important for learning, so he’s shared a few of his thoughts with us. I believe that having a growth mindset is all about seeking out opportunities to develop, having new experiences and ultimately growing as a person; whereas having a fixed mindset tends to be…

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The great face mask dilemma

With such emphasis on the wearing of face masks since the Covid-19 pandemic, we now find ourselves with another problem created by the massive increase in single-use masks, and the disposal thereof. To support both World Environment Day on 5 June and World Oceans Day on 8 June, Kat has done some delving… I’m sure…

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Values and me

Craig has been mulling over our Rambutan values and what they mean to him My personal values are important to me. They’re my moral compass and I’m passionate about how I live them every day. Equally, our values at Rambutan are just as important to me. They’re closely aligned to my own, and when both…

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From consultant to cook

Alton’s in the midst of a career change, transitioning from a management consultant to running a bed and breakfast guest house and as part of ‘Learning at Work Week’, he’s been contemplating what he’s learned. Over the last year, a combination of Covid lockdowns and a stint in hospital gave me some time to mull…

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Carpe Diem

Sue was contemplating the phrase ‘carpe diem’ and how it’s her little reminder to herself to take her head out of the detail and just ‘go for it’. Carpe diem, meaning ‘seize the day’, is often quoted as a soundbite but how many of us actually follow through on seizing the day? Ever since I…

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Happy talk

As spring continues and the days get warmer (hopefully!), Kat is feeling happy! Is the weather having a positive effect? Or could it be something else? Can we all harness that ‘feel good factor’ come rain or shine? Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become…

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Reasons to be grateful, Pt. 3

Craig shares a deeply personal take on being grateful Sometimes I feel that I don’t take enough time to consider what I have in my life that I’m grateful for… and I should. It’s totally understandable that over the last year this has been a more challenging concept to consider, but I truly believe that,…

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Do you believe what you read?

Alton’s immediate answer is, “No”. He admits to being a strong sceptic who believes it’s right to critically analyse everything and not accept anything at face value. This includes the leadership models he uses in his management consultant role. Are leadership models valid? Every time I review a leadership model I always wonder if there’s…

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