Rianna Patterson, 23 based in Folkestone recently found out about The Prince's Trust and has already been able to take part in a range of our opportunities. From a personal development course, Photography course to even getting a mentor for an organisation she has founded.
Rianna says she wishes she’d known about The Prince’s Trust a long time ago. She was on Universal Credit, trying to find work, whilst trying to finish university, find somewhere to live to avoid being homeless, and all in the middle of a pandemic.
Rianna studied Psychology at the University of Kent, and now works at a tech company in their marketing team. Despite being confined to her house because of the Covid-19 pandemic, she enjoyed taking part in the Get Started with Photography course.
“It was a good break from the world at the moment and helped develop my creativity. I had to find things indoors to capture, and to look at differently. I’ve been able to transfer the creative skills from the course into my filmmaking.”
During her final year at university, Rianna’s grandmother passed away and she found she struggled to find the motivation to carry on with her studies. She did complete her degree, but channelled her energy into her film project and it helped to have extra motivation from the photography course.
Rianna has also gained leadership, communication and networking skills from the other programmes she has completed with The Prince’s Trust and has met new people that can help her on her career journey.
“At the Financial Times evening school, I was able to get media and marketing experience, and I was able to share my views on breaking the stigma of diversity within the media sector. It was so helpful. I’m passionate about breaking the stigma of ageism within the media – the language we use can affect thoughts and behaviours. I learnt so much that will help my film project and the foundation.”
Rianna also attended the launch of the Kickstart scheme, and is passionate about facilitating opportunities for other young people. Her workplace has applied to the Kickstart scheme and is hoping to be successful.
Rianna would really recommend The Prince’s Trust to any other young people looking to upskill or build confidence.
“It’s an investment in yourself – just go for it! The virtual course takes off the pressure and it will build your confidence. It’s a relaxed environment and you make so many new connections and learn