Apprentice star gives Sunderland College students a lesson in boardroom life

Star of BBC1'S Apprentice, Kate Hopkins visits staff and students from Sunderland College.
Star of BBC1'S Apprentice, Kate Hopkins visits staff and students from Sunderland College.
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BUSINESS students learned about life in the boardroom, thanks to an Apprentice star.

She famously walked out on Lord Sugar in the BBC television reality show, but Katie Hopkins was happy to visit Sunderland College.

Katie starred in the third series of and caused headlines with her dramatic withdrawal when she turned down a place in the final.

Since then, the 37-year-old economist has carved out a successful career as a business operator and management consultant.

Tim Field, head of learning and standards at the college, said: “We were delighted to recruit such a celebrated businesswoman as Katie.

“We have many students keen to get on in business and Katie gave them invaluable tips on entrepreneurship and on turning their own skills into thriving businesses.

“This is the first of many masterclasses the college will be hosting for students, focused on giving them the skills and experiences they need to be successful in business and industry when they progress from college.

“The students really enjoyed the talk and we’re very proud here at the college to be able to offer them such a quality experience.”

Katie, who also works as a mentor, said she thoroughly enjoyed talking to the Sunderland students.

She said: “On The Apprentice many candidates make the mistake of explaining to Lord Sugar why the others aren’t the right candidates, rather than why they are.

“In Britain we’re really bad at saying what we’re good at.

“I would encourage all students to go home tonight, look at themselves in the mirror and tell themselves what they are good at, what great results they can bring and what fantastic outputs they’ve had.

“That helps you to stand out in a positive way from all the other 
people applying for jobs or bidding for work.

“Young people are the growth engine for the UK economy – they are important to the country’s future – so don’t be shy, be prepared to do some hard graft and you will succeed.”

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