Free registration is now available for the Island's first employment fair aimed toward Manx students and graduates. The Isle of Man Graduate Fair, hosted by Locate Isle of Man, will take place at Woodbourne House in the middle of the 2019 Easter university break, on Wednesday, 17 April.
The fair, which will be attended by many of the Island's leading businesses who offer graduate recruitment, aims to inform current students about the huge number of opportunities available on their own doorstep.
Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly MHK explained:
'Our economy is in a strong position and, with further growth projected across a number of sectors, it is vitally important that we fill vacancies to support this growth. By promoting the return of our Manx educated students, we encourage them to bring back new skills, new ideas and new ways of thinking to our Island.'
'We have unrivalled quality of life in the Isle of Man thanks to our short commute times, work-life balance and stunning Island setting, but the strength of our offering is so much more than this. The volume and breadth of career opportunities available means that there are fantastic prospects for job seekers.'
While many students turn their attentions to big cities as the launch pad of their career, Minister Skelly says that the benefits of a smaller yet globally connected business centre can be of great value, particularly at the beginning of a career:
'In a digitally connected world, it is not the case that to achieve your career ambitions you need to move to a big city. The Island is home to a more diverse range of sectors than ever which have given us some truly exciting employment opportunities.'
A recent survey found that 1 in 3 of the Island's youngest employees, aged 18 – 29, have been promoted within the past 12 months, indicating that the Island's close community and established business networks could hold opportunity for speedier career progression.
Whilst the focus for the Graduate Fair is on promoting careers in the Isle of Man, there will be plenty on offer for anyone looking to upskill or take away practical tips on the workplace and recruitment, whether on island or further afield. Local businesses will be on hand throughout the day to meet prospective employees, as well as some of the Island's leading recruitment agencies who will deliver valuable workshops on CV writing and interview technique. Attendees will also hear from a range of speakers, all of whom are young graduates and are making their mark on the Island's economy, with speakers to be announced in coming weeks.
The fair is suitable for anyone studying at degree or postgraduate level, recent graduates looking for their next career move and final year school students.