Professional skills helped me through, says survivor

8 August 2001
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09 August 2001 | David Arminas

Purchasing skills learnt on the job helped procurement professional Jackie Carey come close to winning the £1 million jackpot on the recent television series Survivor.

“It’s difficult to turn off your professional side in your private life and having a clear strategy helped me to know what I wanted to get out of it,” Carey told SM. “The skills included influencing people and debating, and I gained a lot of confidence.”

Carey, from Woking, Surrey, a 32-year-old purchasing executive in the engineering procurement department of British Airways, has no regrets about going on the programme, videoed on the island of Pulau Tiga in the South China Sea.

“I didn’t really expect to win,” she added, but Carey was disappointed when the jury of former survivor participants voted unanimously to award the £1 million prize money to Charlotte Hobrough, a police officer.

She also brought back to her job some lessons from Survivor: “Trust cannot be rushed, negotiated or expected as a foregone conclusion – that’s something I’ll bear in mind when building relationships with suppliers.”

A friend warned Carey that winning the prize could have ruined her life. “Still, I would rather have won the money!”

Earlier this year, when Carey worked at Virgin Atlantic, she applied for Survivor and the BA job and was accepted for both on the same day.

Carey will continue to train in purchasing, which will include taking her CIPS exams.


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