Stella English, who beat 15 Apprentice wannabes to win the 2010 series six of the BBC One show, described the £100,000-a-year job she was offered by Lord Sugar as that of an “overpaid lackey”.
According to Yahoo Uk, “She was given a role in Lord Sugar’s Viglen division, supplying IT equipment to academy schools, but she said that when the business mogul told her he would not be renewing her contract she was given no choice but to resign.”
Fighting back her tears at a tribunal, Ms English said: “I didn’t believe they would pay me £100,000 a year to do anything less than £100,000 worth of work. The career-enhancing opportunities The Apprentice position had been sold as simply failed to materialise.”
My “Personal” take on this: I believe that during the series of the program, Ms English showed enthusiasm, eagerness, seriousness, wittiness, all the zeal to out-do all other contestants to bag the Job.
I believe also that there must be some qualities that made her get the contract and not get fired as others were. It is this simple use of her initiative that was highly needed to enable her excel on the seat of her office with a huge pay cheque of such amount.
This is what is lacking in today’s society. We want to be spoon fed and shown what to do all the time. If you are lucky to get such jobs, it’s very important you put in such zeal as was the case when you were in front of the screen, outwitting other contestants who would have appreciated the job more.
When life gives you lemons, make sure you make some great and fantastic tasting lemonade out of it. Bring the idea, put it forward and see if it won’t be supported. Don’t wait till the Manager doles out some specific duties to you. You are paid for your intelligence and business acumen, use it and better the company, by so doing, you make your mark, and become indispensable.
Bottom line; make yourself important even if others think otherwise.