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Thursday 19 October 2017

Fired Sarah hopes to get hired in UK

FIRED Apprentice Sarah O'Neill is abandoning the jobs market in Ireland to look for employment in London.

And the marketing executive said that she is considering applying for the UK version of the show with entrepreneur Alan Sugar.

Sarah (30) was fired by Bill Cullen in last night's Apprentice when she failed to take a tough stance with weaker members of her team.

The Dubliner was the project manager in their task to design a calendar for Ford Fiesta, but faced opposition from other contestants.

Sarah had finished her contract at telecoms company BT before she decided to apply for the show.

But now she's finding it difficult to find a job in the tough industry here.

"Since I've come out, I've had interviews with Vodafone, Facebook and Brightwater Recruitment," she said. "I'm waiting to hear back, but to be honest it looks like it's going to be London."

Sarah said that she has gained immeasurable experience from the TV3 programme and would do it all again.

"I would apply to work with Alan Sugar," she said. "I would do it all completely differently; I'd learn from my mistakes. I'd make sure I put myself up the front."

Sarah has rejected suggestions that her other teammates were working against her in the task.

Teammates Tara, Nagaite and Michelle were sent to Castle Palooza Festival to take photos for the calendar, but were constantly questioning the project manager.

"It was the first time we didn't have a chance to get together in the house after the task to iron out any problems in the team," she explained.

"I don't know if it was sabotage. I really believe everyone wanted to win," she added.

"There were a lot of people coasting in that competition."

And she admitted that Panos Zambetaki held back the team as he suffered from a painful crick in the neck and resorted to painkillers.

But Sarah decided not to call her friend back into the boardroom with her as she believes there is a "grey area" around bringing someone in who was sick.

This year, contestants were probed about their feelings about each other in the At Home show and were encouraged to say bitchy comments about teammates.

But Sarah hit out at suggestions that she was elusive.

"Kieran [Walsh] said that I could be cold and divisive but that's absolutely rubbish," she said.

"I think he had decided I was the dark horse, but I think that was because I didn't go to Coppers with them in the first week.

"I decided to stay with my 87-year-old gran and look after her. If I had known it would have caused such an issue, I would have gone to Coppers."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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