Imraan Khan, is a reliability engineer at Swagelok who relocated from South Africa to the Isle of Man. His decision to move was influenced by family ties and a desire for a new adventure. Imraan shares his motivations, the relocation process, community integration, and his professional life at Swagelok.
Imraan's relocation to the Isle of Man was initially influenced by family connections. His sister and her family had already decided to move to the island, prompting Imraan to follow suit. While considering relocation options, he had contemplated moving to Canada two years earlier. However, employment challenges and strict visa requirements led him to explore other possibilities, ultimately leading him to the unique charm of the Isle of Man.
I heard about the scenery, the uniqueness of the Island, the great culture and the friendly people.Imraan Khan
Imraan's relocation process was made seamless with the assistance of a relocation company. From finding accommodation to setting up utilities and acquiring essential documents, the company's support eased his transition into Isle of Man life. Settling in took a relatively short time, aided by the friendly atmosphere at Swagelok and Imraan's active efforts to engage with the local community.
"As a Muslim, sourcing halal food was initially a concern. However, upon reaching the Island, I discovered a vibrant Muslim community offering accessibility to halal food."
To integrate into the Isle of Man's community, Imraan actively participated in kickboxing classes and joined a social network club with a vibrant calendar. These activities allowed him to meet new people, attend shows, and engage with the community. Imraan continues to appreciate the helpful and accommodating nature of the people he’s met in the Isle of Man, creating a sense of warmth and belonging.
Imraan’s first Isle of Man winter coincides with his first year of service at Swagelok and potentially getting married. Reflecting on his Isle of Man experience, he describes it as unique, safe, and serene. The opportunities presented, particularly in achieving a work-life balance, have truly enhanced his overall quality of life.
"I think that the opportunities that the Isle of Man has brought me is definitely a work-life balance. I have more time for personal life, more time to do things I enjoy outside of work."
In his role as a reliability engineer at Swagelok, Imraan is responsible for gathering and analysing data while providing technical expertise to the maintenance team. He enjoys the enthusiasm of his colleagues and appreciates the supportive work culture at Swagelok. The company's commitment to his professional growth is evident in the development plan provided during his probationary period and their ongoing support.
The opportunities at Swagelok are vast. Management has allowed me the flexibility to grow in the role and develop the role on my ownImraan Khan
Imraan wholeheartedly recommends the Isle of Man as a relocation destination. The Island's environment, scenic beauty, and the welcoming nature of its people create an ideal setting for a fulfilling life. Imraan's journey, both personally and professionally, reflects the power of embracing change and seizing new opportunities in the Isle of Man.