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12 September 2019

South Thames College alumni becomes successful Socially Minded Entrepreneur

Tim Pickle

Tim Chapman, studied at South Thames College and now runs his very own start up, we talk to him about his journey and how his time at South Thames College has helped him to become a successful entrepreneur.

Tim studied Art & Design at South Thames College and then went on to the University of Nottingham to study Product Design & Manufacture, when Tim graduated he started 'Pan Pickle’ a backstop for pan rings that have been designed by Tim primarily for people with limited mobility and poor vision. He is one of 15 people in the UK who has been invited to work for RedBull, who are supporting entrepreneurs who have started a socially minded business. 

What made you chose South Thames College?

I dropped out of school in Year 9 and turned up to South Thames College with no GCSEs, the variety of courses appealed to me and I was interested in Art & Design but wasn’t aware of the numerous career paths studying this could lead to. I started at Level 1 and spent 3 years at South Thames College, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my tutors at South Thames College who I am still in touch with today. Whilst doing the course I decided I wanted to go onto the University and did a Maths A-Level on the side of my course to get on to the degree I wanted to study.

How has your time at South Thames College helped you do what you’re doing today?

It opened my eyes to Art & Design being what I wanted to spend my life doing, I hadn’t previously considered it as more than a hobby until I started the course here. It exposed me to elements of design and design thinking which gave me the grounds to progress onto University. It was also the stepping stone back into education. I studied here for three years and if it wasn’t for the course I don’t think I would have been prepared for University and the regular deadlines that come with studying.

Any advice you would give to young people not knowing what they want to do?

The courses here are great, especially Art & Design, it gave me the opportunity to explore a few different paths, it was only when I started the course that I realised the amount of career options doing Art & Design could lead to. I wouldn’t have considered a career in Art & Design as an option until I studied it. I gained a real interest in programming and being technical in art rather than just photography or illustration, if it wasn’t for being exposed to different types of art & design that wouldn’t have come up. My advice is to be open to what the course throws at you because you are not going to know what is going to spark interest until you actually try it out and give it your all.