Sam Applebee, Co-owner Kickpush
How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?
It enabled me to add real value to projects and teams. The roundedness of the course ultimately allowed me to start my own company.
What are you working on at the moment?
I co-own design agency Kickpush, consult for tech company Satalia, and tutor on a freelance basis for universities UCL and Pearson College London.
What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?
- Nobody succeeds alone: close working partnerships driven by mutual trust and respect are crucial.
- Leaders are born in battle: doing the job of a leader is how people move into leadership roles, not by appointment.
- Ignorance is a poor excuse: you can find out how to do anything in a week, or find someone who knows.
What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?
Exposure to a broad spectrum of people. Students, staff and guests from industry with hugely diverse backgrounds and experiences to share.
If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?
Catalytic - My experiences while studying at Pearson catalysed both my ambitions and my ability to succeed.
Tell us about your involvement with the Once Upon A Doug project?
In 2013 a group of PCL students, in partnership with ethical fashion brand No Nasties, founded a social enterprise. I was one of them, my role being to forge close relationships with our project partners in India. After extensive product development work in the UK the team journeyed to the Indian state of Maharashtra to meet Once Upon A Doug's beneficiaries in person. After which, my priorities shifted to ensuring the smooth handover of the project to the students who would be continuing our work in future years, including the financial planning.
What's your favourite brand and why?
My favourite brands are all people, because while companies serve a functional and often quantifiable purpose, distilling a person's multifaceted and emotionally driven persona into an effective brand is something of an art.
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