Apprentice star Felicity Jackson speaks to the Herts Advertiser
APPRENTICE star and former pupil at a St Albans school, Felicity Jackson, was the latest to leave the hit TV show last night (Wednesday) but she says she wouldn’t change a thing about her experience.
Felicity, a former pupil at St Albans High School for Girls, told the Herts Advertiser that her time on one of the BBC’s most popular shows had filled her with the confidence to succeed.
The 23-year-old said: “It really was a fantastic experience and I learnt so much. It was fun, it was scary, it was every type of emotion that you can think of all rolled up into one experience.
“I worked alongside some really inspiring people and this has given me the self-belief to succeed.”
The trained actress, who runs a business specialising in career development for actors, explained her exit last night on her failure to listen to other team members and a misunderstanding of the task.
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The teams were asked to select two beauty treatments pitched to them, learn how to give them and then sell and provide treatments to the public. Felicity, as project manager, failed to lead her team to victory and was accused by her team members of failing to understand figures.
Hearing the immortal words “you’re fired” come from Lord Alan Sugar came as no surprise to Felicity who accepts she made the wrong decisions in last night’s episode.
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The entrepreneur also admitted that the way the show worked, its pace and the urgency behind decision-making, was revealing for her. “When I make a decision, I like to take time and think about things but on the show you have two days to fit in what would normally be a couple of months of planning, preparation and delivering.”
When asked about the indomitable figure of Lord Alan Sugar, Felicity confirmed he was everything he appeared to be. “He’s very focused and what you see on the TV is exactly who he is. He’s just as brutal as he appears on TV in real life.”
Felicity, who recently returned to speak at her former school and share her experiences with the students, credits her time at St Albans High School for Girls for being able to take part in a show which saw her beat off over 72,000 other applicants to make the final 16.
“When you go to a girls school it shows you that women can really achieve things. You see many girls being successful and you believe you can do whatever you want to achieve.
“The school really moulds you to be strong rather than focusing just on the academic. I’m not particularly academic but I never felt I was less important than the more academic girls. Whenever someone achieved something, whatever it was, it was celebrated and recognised.
“I was so lucky to have been able to attend the school.”
Felicity, who lives in North London, will watch the remaining shows with her family and friends from her time at the St Albans school but is currently preparing for her next show, a convention in Manchester in July for her business Surviving Actors.