On Wednesday, we recieved a very special visit from the star of the BBC 'The Apprentice' programme, Margaret Mountford. Pearson Business School student Sam Hewitt, shares his thoughts on the day!
“Don’t complain in life, get on with things.” This is one of the many things that Margaret Mountford said from her visit to Pearson College London on Wednesday that particularly resonated with me. Then, when you look at her career; lawyer, businesswoman, TV personality and more recently the completion of her PhD in Papyrology, it’s quite clear she got on with things. Don’t waste your time complaining, do what you want to do!
The Q&A with Margaret, was set up on the 10th floor of the Strand (with wine, which was an added bonus!) with 50 or so students attending. How did this happen? Our very own Abbas Ali bumped into her in a local Pret! Makes me love that place even more.
The Q&A began with a question from Vice Principal, Sarah MacDonald, before the floor was opened up to the rest of us to literally ask anything at all. Questions ranged from her time on The Apprentice to her PhD in Papyrology. Of course, in The Apprentice she comes across as a formidable woman and certainly someone you wouldn’t want to cross. In real life, however, she is incredibly relaxed and genuine. She is clearly very proud of her career, and it's easy to see why! Anything she has wanted to do, she has done.
“Go full tilt at everything” she remarked.“Have a sense of humour” was incredibly refreshing to hear from someone who has got as high up as she has. The world of business doesn’t have to be as serious as it's sometimes perceived to be, I think we’re seeing more and more of that anyway, particularly with the likes of Google and Apple.
After we had asked questions, she was also intrigued by Pearson College London, asking us questions on what it is like to be a students here; she seemed very impressed by what Pearson College London do and it was at that moment that I realised how proud we all are for being a part of something new and exciting. Not only that, I think you could tell from her reaction that she hadn't seen students with this passion for their university before. Honestly, I was never expecting her to be asking questions of us and it brings me back to my point about her being a very genuine person. I don’t think we can thank her enough for this opportunity, but I’m sure the flowers and the wine that we gave her afterwards helped with that!
Overall, it was a great experience to be able to talk to her about anything, whether it be business related, or something personal to her. Remember, go full tilt at everything and have a sense of humour!