Seven Great Graduate OpportunitiesThe Isle of Man has a wide variety of opportunities for graduates and more people are choosing the Island as the launch pad for a fast paced career.
Leaving university can be tough. Between the whirlwind of final exams, glitzy grad balls and emotional goodbyes to the people who started as strangers but were quickly galvanised as friends for life, no one remembers to warn you about the bereft feeling that you'll experience upon graduating. No more house mates on call 24/7 meaning you're never bored or alone, no more tutorial schedule which offers a reassuring routine, and au revoir UNiDays card - yep, though mortgages and pension plans loom not too far in the future; there truly is no more 'adult' feeling than paying full price at Topshop.
It can be a little scary to venture out into the world of employment after studying, as the range of sectors and job roles available can be completely overwhelming. However, many Isle of Man companies offer specific graduate fast-track schemes, apprenticeships and training routes where you'll have the opportunity to learn or qualify in a specific sector.
Here, we take a look at some of the top Isle of Man companies in Financial and Professional sectors who offer opportunities for Graduates.
Deloitte Isle of Man is home to a team of audit and assurance professionals and they are growing at a rapid pace. They have regular graduate openings in the Isle of Man, which you can read about here, and they also offer a 'BrightStart' apprenticeship scheme where candidates will work and train as qualified accountants.
EY is one of the largest accountancy practices in the world, which means that their employees benefit from in-depth experience of a global firm. In the Isle of Man, they offer a wide range of advisory, tax and assurance services to both a local and international client base. They are currently recruiting for graduates and A-Level students to train as chartered accountants, and typically these contracts start in August and January each year. Check out their careers page here.
There are some fantastic job opportunities within the Banking sector at HSBC in the Isle of Man. They regularly recruit students and graduates and offer a range of schemes, from work experience to apprenticeships, global internships and graduate programmes. Their website features a range of profiles on employees who have joined HSBC as a graduate, which is well worth a read.
Careers in audit and accountancy at KPMG can take you anywhere you want them to, with a bit of hard work. The ACA training contract is a three year contract during which time trainees follow the ICAEW exam path to become qualified. The ACA qualification is recognised and respected worldwide and KPMG's qualified ACAs regularly go on to become Managers, Senior Managers and Partners at KPMG in the Isle of Man.
Starting your career at PWC means that you're likely to join with a number of other graduates. So, not only do you build very strong networks and make lasting friendships, but you're one part of a wider group going through the same experiences. Teamwork is very important to the ethos at PWC, which means you'll work with some truly inspiring people, learn from them and, in turn, share your own insights - all contributing to the growth and success of your career and the firm as a whole.
SMP is a highly respected corporate service provider working at the heart of the Island's finance sector, and they are committed to training and on-going development of their staff. Their recruitment website gives you an overview of current roles and an overview of the Isle of Man as a place to live and work, but they are always interested to receive CVs and applications from graduates and professionals working within Company, Trust or Fund Administration, Tax and Accounting whether resident on the Isle of Man or looking to relocate.
The Isle of Man's STEP scheme is a great way to gain experience for undergraduates
The Isle of Man Government's STEP programme is a great way to gain experience before you graduate.
Every year, the Department for Enterprise and STEP recruit the Island's brightest and most enterprising undergraduates and matches them with the specific needs of Island based organisations to undertake a skill-centric project to improve the business. This is an invaluable and exciting opportunity open to all second or penultimate year undergraduates that could make a real difference to your future career prospects.