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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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International leadership week 2021

Emma reflects on her thoughts about leadership. I’ve been reflecting on International leadership week, which took place from 22-27 November. The purpose of this week was to ‘inspire great leadership, everywhere’. This caused me to think about what it really means to be a leader. The dictionary definition of leadership states that there are certain…

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It’s good to fail

Sue was contemplating that it took her a long time to learn to fail; to have the confidence and belief to experiment, fail, and experiment again. Whether it’s at work or at home, problems and issues sometimes arise. I try to solve the issue but it’s taken me a while in life to learn that…

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Can you lead the ‘right way’?

David and Sue were discussing how you can build a small city out of the number of books published on leadership. If you google the word leadership, you get 3,840,000,000 results in an instant. There’s a lot of opinions out there and numerous people searching for the right way, the one way, the most effective…

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Apprentices are the future

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Ellie and Emma have been reflecting on their first six months as apprentices at Rambutan… This week is National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February), a great opportunity to celebrate and highlight the importance of apprentices. This year’s focus is ‘building the future’, which not only looks at the value gained…

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The lasting impact of bullying

Craig chats about what International Stand up to Bullying Day means to him. Stand up to Bullying is a topic immensely close to my heart. For much of my school life, I was bullied and this had a lasting impact on me as I grew older. I made the decision that I didn’t want anybody…

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