I am Alicia Boucher, a Senior Broadcast Journalist in Trinidad. I have worked for CCN TV6 for the past seven years starting in late 2010. I attended the El Socorro Regional Life Centre in 2003 and then went on to Servol Beetham, where I pursued Garment Construction. I graduated with an A in that skill in mid- 2004.
While I was a trainee under both the Adolescent Development Programme and the skill programme of choice, my main aim was to stay focused and to excel in what I had set out to pursue. Servol helped me to achieve that by instilling in me even more discipline and respect than what I possessed before, especially in areas of punctuality and team work. Getting up early, completing assignments, abiding by the rules and effectively working in groups were all key elements in that regard. I always maintained good relationships with my instructors who assisted in mentoring and prepping me for the next phase in my life.
I remember having to sweep and mop the floors, learn cooking skills and so on. I did it every day, always to the best of my ability. As I transitioned into adulthood, I kept the mentality that whatever you put your hands to, you should always give it 100%. So if I had to be a janitor, I wanted to be the best janitor; a designer, the best designer. It wasn't so much a comparison to others, but more so, always a challenge to myself to exceed the last attempt. Presently, I try to use that same model when executing my duties on the field as a reporter.
I believe Servol is hinged on the country's watchwords: discipline, tolerance and production. Being a trainee at the institution, is something I would not take back. I thank my mother Sandra Felix for the sacrifices she made in allowing me to have such an opportunity.
If I had to give an advice to trainees, I would say know where you want to go and everyday try to take more steps in that direction than you did the day before. Be very cautious of negative peer pressure. It will only hinder you. And I'll quote myself here, "if you're an eagle, you can't fly with a dove. It's just not as bold, or as brave, can't go as high, or see as well."
Best of luck to trainees, parents and Servol staff on all your endeavours.