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Apprentice: Who do you want to win?
We know what happens to the winner — they go off to work for Alan Sugar on 100,000 pounds-a-year in a rather drab Essex office.
But what do the three losing candidates do after they see the finger raised and hear the words “You’re Fired”.
Previous losers have gone off and pursued media careers, some have gone back to their old jobs while others have taken up different careers.
This year, which is unusual because there are four finalists rather than the normal two, offers a potential mixture of candidates considering retiring to the countryside, running the London marathon, starting a new business and making a possible return to the United States.
When I spoke to them ahead of the final, none said they were contemplating a career on the TV or radio, if they lost.
Claire, the strong favourite to win, told me she has already had a couple of job offers, including a retail role in Hong Kong, which she might consider if she is not hired.
“I definitely want to stay within business,” she added. “I’m not interested in any type of media stuff. It will either be sales or retail based. One of the roles is in Hong Kong setting up a retail division there, so that would be really exciting.
“But I’m almost swinging the other way and am tempted to leave London and move to the country and get a dog, so it’s going to be a change.”
She also said she was running the London Marathon next year, “So help me God”.
“I like sweets and cake and booze too much so it is going to be way harder than ‘The Apprentice’.”
Helene is going to use her increased profile to work and raise money for underprivileged children in schools, whether she wins or loses, before returning to the corporate world if she is fired.
If Lee is fired, he plans to hit the beach before possibly setting up his own business, while Alex is contemplating returning to his earlier work in finance and mortgage broking, or moving back to the U.S.
And who do they want to win — if not themselves?
Claire enthusiastically put forward Helene saying: “I think Sir Alan needs a strong woman in his organisation. Shake up those men in suits. ”
Alex, who worked well with Lee during the tasks, said he had spotted his colleague’s skills early on.
“I immediately thought that guy was going to be competition, you know, not just the initial impression of physical appearance — he’s a big guy — but when you got down to the nitty gritty of the sales and the creativity.”
Who do you think should win out of the four finalists? Or do you think Sugar got it wrong in previous episodes and should have kept one of the other candidates?