Sir Alan Sugar’s first apprentice has been giving to students from Kingston University tips about how to make it big in the business world. Tim Campbell won the original series of television’s The Apprentice in which self-made millionaire Sir Alan Sugar put budding tycoons through their paces. Mr Campbell now leads the Bright Ideas Trust, a social initiative set up to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Drawing on his own job-seeking and business experience, Mr Campbell let almost 300 students from the University’s Faculty of Business and Law, in on some of the secrets needed to get a foot in the door with top employers. The key to success was to remember the five ‘p’ s – passion, planning, perseverance, partnerships and planetary assistance – or being in the right place at the right time, he said. The businessman revered the audience with his varied interview experiences giving them a flavour of how to use their skills to secure the best possible jobs. Mr Campbell also presented several high achieving students with awards for academic excellence in their degree courses.
The lecture marked Kingston University’s commitment to bringing education and industry together and was preceded by a Careers Fair showcasing 18 local, national and international employers including Unilever, CIMA, Kimberly-Clark and KPMG. Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, said Mr Campbell’s lecture had been extremely motivating. "Our students appreciated his enormous enthusiasm, his advocacy of hard work and his can do attitude," Professor Ezingeard said. "The event also enabled our students to network with employers and gave us the opportunity to recognise superior achievement."