Ross attended his first Prince’s Trust course in February 2021, signing up to the Get into Data Science programme. Although he was shy at first, Ross became more confident speaking to the group and worked well with others, discussing different options, finding solutions, and occasionally making jokes.

Ross also attended a ‘Build your Brand’ session which gave him lots of information and advice about creating a strong personal ‘brand’ to support job seeking or self-employment goals.

The Prince's Trust courses have allowed me to regain my confidence in communicating with others. I don't feel afraid to speak my mind anymore, whether I am helping to create a group project or contributing my opinion to a session.

Ross then decided to further his journey with The Prince’s Trust, joining the Google IT Support Certificate course, where he has now finished his modules and feels that his communications skills have improved. Ross feels much more confident with being on online calls with people as a result of the programme.

Although he has often struggled with his motivation and low mood, Ross knows what to do to get back to a good place and now has a great grasp of how to prepare for interviews.

Speaking about his time with The Prince’s Trust, Ross said: “My confidence levels have soared being in a supportive environment. The staff at The Trust pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me explore new opportunities. I've been given the self-belief that I can achieve the goals I set for myself if I apply perseverance and hard work towards completing them. The Prince's Trust has shaped my life for the better.”

With new qualifications, newfound confidence and a drive to succeed, Ross is now looking to find full-time employment in something that he is passionate about.