Student Profile : Alice Siermicki

Alice

  1. Where are you currently working?  I am currently working for the Tasmanian Walking Company in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, hiking The Overland Track.
  2. What do you love most about your job?  The people!  Not only do you enter into a whole new family of like-minded ‘Guidey’ folk, the guests you meet from all walks of life offer you stories of past adventures, spare beds to sleep in all around the world and they collapse at your feet when you rip out a fresh batch of scones in the middle of nowhere!  Where else do you get that kind of acknowledgement at work?  I find being exposed to such diverse and stunning surroundings that it brings out a different side to people.  I love watching them grow and learn to relax over the six days, as for many, it is far beyond their comfort zones.  This is one of the many aspects I love about my job.
  3. When did you complete your training?  I finished the course in 2013 and it was the best year of my life to date.
  4. What did you value about your training at TasTAFE?  I really valued how we were all individuals.  We each had our passions and skills and the staff acknowledged that by taking time getting to know us all and working our strengths into tasks throughout the course.
  5. How has your training helped you with your Guiding career?  All the interpretation I learnt, is now engraved in my mind and has paid off so much.  Little facts and stories that you thought you had forgotten but comes to the foreground, right when you need them – to bide some time gathering up the group or answering questions.  I also valued the many practical skills learnt from the course – even on my own personal hiking missions, has been so valuable and appreciated after the course.
  6. What is your most memorable moment you have experienced on a trip?  One day I was walking along in silence for an hour with a lawyer, who admitted he had never switched off in 28 years of work, not even at home with his family.  After that hour, he stopped walking abruptly and faced me.  With pure emotion, he said that for the past hour he had finally stopped, that his mind had cleared and for the first time in a long time he felt like he was in that exact moment, just being and enjoying.  It is a privilege to facilitate and share moments such as this with people from all kinds of backgrounds and situations.  To stop and remind people of the little things that make up the big picture.  Those are the moments that create the experience.
  7. If you could invite anyone on a trip, who would it be?  Johnny Depp!
  8. If you could give one piece of advice for someone contemplating a career in the outdoors, what would it be?  Do it!  Sitting on top of a mountain, eating chocolate whilst taking in dramatic views – I am lucky enough to call that work!  What is there to lose?
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