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Lewis’s Story

Young man laughing National Careers ServiceIn July 2018, I finished My A-Levels. I was applying for jobs every day and over the course of 10 months I managed to get 3 jobs. But none of them worked out. The main issue I was facing was my severe social anxiety caused by my high functioning Autism.

I saw a post on Facebook promoting the Sittingbourne Prince’s Trust Team programme while searching for jobs and decided to get in contact. Before long, I was in an interview. Then I went to a taster day as part of the selection process because so many people had applied. A few weeks later I started.

“The Team programme has really helped with my social anxiety”

The best part of the programme was the work experience. I got work experience with a marketing department and that allowed me to do the things I love and learn so much about marketing. And I now have two more weeks of work experience that I can put on my CV.

The Team programme has really helped with my social anxiety. I feel like I have pretty much now conquered it thanks to the programme. An example of this is that just yesterday; while waiting for my bus, I managed to have a conversation with a complete stranger.

I now plan to go to Canterbury College and study Level 3 Game Design, and then go to university. From there I can create a portfolio of my works and skills, send that out to different game developers and find a job, anywhere in the world.

If I hadn’t taken part in the programme, I would be in a much darker place mentally as I would still be applying for jobs of any sort that most likely come up fruitless. So I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that it has provided me with.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week course available to anyone living in Kent aged 16-25 and not in education, employment or training. Team gives you the chance to build your confidence, develop your Maths and English skills, gain valuable work experience, and get all of the advice and guidance you need to take the next steps towards finding a job. For further information, including how to apply, visit our Prince’s Trust Team Programme page.

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