Luiza has a dream of becoming a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and has been struggling with getting a job in the field however after taking part in Get started with health and social care she feels getting closer to reaching my goal.
“I signed up to the programme because I want to work in a certain part of social care as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP). I trained as a psychologist when I lived in Romania – I did a Sociology and Psychology degree – and want to put my training to use.
“At the moment, I have a zero-hours contract job as a Sales Advisor at a Bureau de Change. I’ve been furloughed since March and am worried about the security of my job. I love the job but it’s not 100% who I am and it’s very frustrating because I’ve invested so much in myself and have put a lot of effort into training as a psychologist. I studied for five years doing an undergraduate and Master’s degree and then did practical training in addition to that. I’ve often applied for jobs where I’ve known that I have the qualifications but I don’t even get any feedback. I’m willing to do any job to get by – I’ve been a registrar and a teaching assistant, for example – but I really want to follow my dream of working as a psychologist again.
“I heard about The Prince’s Trust on Facebook, the videos they shared impacted me a lot and I found the stories really inspirational. Before starting the course, I thought it would be more formal and I was very nervous but everyone was so friendly. The mock interviews were really helpful. They taught me how to talk about my experience and to understand what the interviewer wanted. I feel more confident now and just want the opportunity to show someone my skills.
“The Trust has also assigned me to a mentor who I’ll have weekly virtual meetings with. He has a lot of experience and is helping me with my CV and personal statement. He’s also helping to find a PWP that I can speak to for advice. It’s reassuring to know there’s someone who understands what I’m trying to achieve and can answer my questions along the way.
“I’m preparing to apply for more PWP jobs when they open in November and I feel like I have all the information I need now. To anyone thinking of seeking support from The Prince’s Trust, I’d say go for it. They’re very friendly and supportive and help guide you towards the job that you want.”