Zahrah wanted to gain new skills but didn't know what she wanted to do. When she was referred to The Prince's Trust, she completed a variety of programmes which helped her see that she was capable of so much more. When she took part in the Get Started in Product Design with Marvel programme, she really enjoyed being part of a team and getting creative
Who is your favourite Marvel character?
What were you doing before The Prince’s Trust?
When I started The Prince’s Trust, I was in a place where I had really lost all hope and I was unhappy in my life. I was in a place where I didn’t know what I was going to do – especially during the pandemic. I wanted to gain new skills and I was recommended The Prince’s Trust, where I participated in a variety of courses. These programmes ranged from product design to customer service, and helped me to work on myself, and my mental health.
Doing the courses helped me, inspired me and I found I was capable of so much more than I knew. I felt like I had a plan again, and goals in place to achieve that plan.
How would you describe your experience taking part in the Get Started in Product Design with Marvel programme?
The experience was really amazing, almost surreal! It was the first time I had been around other people since lockdown, and it was wonderful to be in a team and to be creating! It was amazing to get creative, there was no limits. To see what we’ve designed on paper turn into a real-life product was an incredible experience – mind-blowing in fact!
What inspired you to design your product for this Marvel collection?
The whole programme helped me to create my product. From the development day in Disney Stores to having the time to research online trends and work with the others to create ideas.
Has working with The Prince’s Trust helped you in any way?
The process helped me a lot. Particularly to be around others, work in a team and the design process was an eyeopener in how to create and market product. The support and opportunities have been brilliant. I would not have had this chance without The Prince’s Trust. The Prince’s Trust is constantly opening doors, nurturing you and helping you to grow.
What have you got out of the Disney mentorship experience?
It’s been so helpful, my mentor has encouraged me to go after different opportunities and build the confidence to explore options for myself. It’s so nice to have such friendly mentors, who care about our wellness and career.
What are you looking forward to most next and what are your aspirations for the future?
I now feel as though I have options and am looking into my next step. My mentor with Disney, has helped me explore these career options and apply for roles. We’ve completed interview practice, which has been very valuable. The experience I gained in this course, has certainly helped too. I also want to continue creating and making my own products as an additional project – a side hustle 😊
Finally, can you describe what this product collaboration with Marvel and shopDisney means to you?
This has opened a whole new world for me with new possibilities. Before I felt that I had reached a dead-end – but now this experience has reinvigorated my energy, I have new drive and passion to chase my goals. It’s helped me to work in a team, meet other great people and develop relationships.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’d like to add that The Prince’s Trust has helped me believe in myself again. Before, I was at my lowest, where I felt like I was without options and going nowhere with my life. The Prince’s Trust has helped me create plans, goals, build skills and has opened doors for me that I never thought could be opened.