The past month has seen a number of unprecedented developments for the world, and for the Isle of Man. On Monday 16th March it was announced that the Isle of Man Government has brought in emergency measures to protect the Isle of Man and its residents in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. In line with these measures, we have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Isle of Man Graduate Fair. We appreciate your continued support of our event.



James White was a joint winner of reality TV show ‘The Apprentice’ in 2017 and successfully gained Lord Alan Sugar’s investment of £250,000 in his recruitment company, Right Time Recruitment. He launched the business just six months after graduating, and not long after that applied to be on the Apprentice, pitching himself and his business for major investment.

Register now to hear a keynote speech from James White, where he will discuss his career success, how he came back from adversity and what it’s like to go into business with a major investor, as well as discussing the pressure that running a business brings and how he personally deals with it.


Get ready to meet a line-up of HR specialists who want to help you show your dream organisation that you are 100% their type on paper! Bring your CV along for a surgery session to make sure your application will turn the heads of your recruiters and show them that you are a solid 10.

See the line up of experts below.

Lauren Doherty

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Lauren, I work in the Human Resources department for a global law firm, Appleby. I was born and raised on the Isle of Man and moved to Birmingham to study a degree in English Language & Sociology. I relocated to London to begin my career in HR, working for Virgin Active and itsu. After several years long commutes into the city and extortionate rentals, my partner and I returned to the Isle of Man in 2017.

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

I chose to return to the island for better job opportunities, work-life balance and to enjoy the island’s beautiful coastal walks.

Nicole Ellis

Tell us about yourself!

I currently work as a Recruitment Team Leader in the Isle of Man Public Service, managing our Sourcing and Recruitment Administration teams.

Within my current role, and previous role as a Talent Acquisition Adviser, I have been involved in all aspects of our recruitment process – including creating advertising campaigns, assessing candidates for our roles, as well as undertaking work to improve our recruitment processes and candidate experience.

CV’s are the first thing a hiring manager sees, and ultimately can make or break whether you get invited to an interview, so making sure you get the right information in them is key! Hopefully I can share some of my insight into what hiring managers are looking for, to help you put your best foot forward when creating your cv!

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

After university I was keen to return to the Island to try and pursue a career in HR, and get back to my family and friends. 5 years later, I’m completely settled back into Island life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Lynda McCartney

Tell us about yourself!

I relocated to the Isle of Man with my then young family in 2002 – but was no stranger to the Island, having regularly visited family living on Isle of Man over the years. My background has always been in recruitment so when I relocated to the Island, I secured a role within a local recruitment agency as an Office Manager and progressed into compliance and payroll areas of the business. In 2018 I stepped into Microgaming’s world and joined the HR team, launching into a HR Administrator role within the recruitment division. My role makes me the first point of contact for all candidates applying for roles within the company and I’m responsible for pre-screening and interviewing candidates.

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

I decided I wanted to relocate and work on the Isle of Man for a better quality of life for not only myself but for my young family. The opportunities and development invested in employees on the Island is fantastic as well as the forward-thinking of businesses ensures the perfect work life balance.

Sue Powell

Tell us about yourself!

Following a varied early career spanning human resources, corporate banking and sales, I worked as a recruitment consultant for 4 years before deciding to return to HR in 2014. Since then, I have become an associate member of CIPD and am responsible for managing a Human resources unit of over 100 employees in the IOM in my role as HR Manager at Capital International Group.

Capital offer a Graduate Scheme and have partnered with UCM, they offer a full-time rotational 2 year traineeship scheme for up to 2 graduates per year.

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

I was born and grew up on the Isle of Man. I’ve had an exciting and varied career so far without having to leave and sacrifice the beauty and tranquillity the Island offers; it’s truly a fantastic place to work and live.


Don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket? Don’t worry – we have a panel of further education experts who are ready to answer your questions on further education opportunities available in the Isle of Man.

See the line up of experts below.

Peter Brumby

Tell us about yourself!

I joined the MPES team in 2004. My professional tuition focuses on the audit based and corporate governance papers.

As a former student representative on the Island’s ACCA committee, I have a wide range of business experience including retail and financial services. My experience includes exposure to, and involvement with plc and FTSE100 companies in the UK, as well as large multinational organisations outside the UK and Manx based regulators.

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

The reason I decided to work in the Isle of Man was due to the fact that the employment and housing opportunities were less stringent than the Channel Islands, where I was living and working before I came to the Island in 1989 and coming here was preferable to returning to my native Liverpool, where job prospects then were also limited.

Heather Blackley

Tell us about yourself!

Having been qualified and worked in Marketing for 30 years, I am keen to share my passion for Marketing as a profession! I have lived and worked on the Isle of Man for more than 20 years and am keen to ensure others have the same opportunities in professional marketing as I had, so am committed to continuing our Isle of Man based Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Accredited Study Centre – this means that people starting or progressing their careers in Marketing can benefit from local face-to-face learning opportunities with other like-minded professionals through our Centre, The Marketing Partnership Limited .

I have recently developed the Isle of Man Marketing Apprenticeship Scheme, supported by Government, now entering its fourth successful year in September 2020 – this is also another viable option for Graduates seeking to enter the Marketing profession locally and has historically attracted successful local businesses to offer new Marketing roles.

Alexandra Koyfman

Tell us about yourself!

I first came to the Isle of Man in 2017 to study for my master’s degree through University College Isle of Man’s MA/MSc in Business Entrepreneurship (WBIS) Programme. Through my degree, I began a work placement with PDMS Ltd., a software house in Douglas, which allowed me to lead the First Point Community Portal Project that supports people with additional needs through technology. My work earned me the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence Young Achiever of the Year 2018 Award and a permanent role with PDMS. Today, I am an Analyst with PDMS, providing software solutions to clients around the world.

I began visiting the Island during every university break to spend time with my partner, who lives here. I became enamoured with the greenery and inescapable sea, and when the opportunity presented itself, I decided to begin my career in IT and business analysis here.

Gail Corrin

Tell us about yourself!

I returned to the Isle of Man in 2009 after working in Australia for 20 years in a range of personal and professional development organisations and initiatives, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, adventure therapy, juvenile justice and CPD consultancy. As Higher Education Manager at University College Isle of Man, I have focused on expanding the Island’s undergraduate and postgraduate offer with my specific expertise being work-based learning.

Despite the obvious attractions of Australia, the Isle of Man is not only my original ‘home’ but it also offers a unique environment where your work is visible and connected, and I feel I can make a real difference here.

Even though we are a small country there are often opportunities and activities that remain hidden – graduate employment and continuing education need to be promoted and encouraged.


Sometimes its difficult to keep the spark alive – which is why we have compiled a group of successful entrepreneurs and business people who will give you insight into some of their top tips on how to stay motivated.

See the line up of experts below.

Sacha Horsthuis

Tell us about yourself!

Working with exciting, brave and confident companies that recognise the power of brands, has always been something that really excites me.

I moved to the Isle of Man after finishing University in 2014 and got my first job was as Marketing Communications Assistant for a global law firm. Since then, I’ve become the co-founder of a business and alongside my husband, we’ve established a recognisable brand that attracts hundreds of visitors daily. My main passion lies in all areas of marketing functions including communications and PR, copy-writing, advertising, campaign design, branding, business development and event management.

I’ve learnt that by working above and beyond your job description and importantly, networking and building relationships as well as always learning from everyone around you, is invaluable and will open doors in the future.

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man has provided me with the best platform to become entrepreneurial, all while allowing me to still prioritise time with family, friends and my favourite hobbies. You get the best of both worlds as I still see all my friends from school and university in the UK on weekends with most of them just a short flight or boat journey away.

Jess Kelly

Tell us about yourself!

I am currently Head of Marketing and Business Intelligence at the Department for Enterprise following a career in financial services and public sector marketing.

I am a qualified marketing professional and associate of CIM, with a master’s degree in Theatre and Global Development. I’m passionate about the Isle of Man and promoting the many opportunities available for people who live, work, visit and invest here. I also sit on the committee for Love Tech, a not for profit initiative aimed at inspiring and empowering girls and young women to explore opportunities in STEM.

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

Following 5 years away in the UK at university I moved back to the Isle of Man to complete my dissertation and fell back in love with everything the Island has to offer. As someone starting out my career there were so many opportunities to network, meet with inspirational people, gain professional qualifications, and experience different roles with a diverse range of companies. I definitely found it easier to figure out my career path and make quick progress in the Isle of Man.

Elissa Morris

Tell us about yourself!

I run the Isle of Man Eagle Labs, which I have managed for almost 2 years. We are a start-up ourselves in partnership with IOM Chamber and DFE.
The Lab is space to help start-ups and SME’s collaborate and grow. We host many informal and formal events from pitch it events, to speed networking to work shops, to help our members learn and flourish.
We support Love Tech and Code Club are here to support the entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow.
Outside of work I am an exercise endorphin fiend. I hate sitting still. I like to run and jump for miles. You’ll find me on the fells – running, or mountain biking. Show-jumping and hunting on my pony.
And I occasionally surf in the Manx seas.
I compete nationally in athletics repping the Isle of man. Anything physically challenging – I’m game.

Why did you decide to work in the Isle of Man?

Because I love all the Island has to offer in terms landscape with my love of extreme sports with the perfect work-life balance. You have the opportunity to shape and progress your career and still have the ability to travel internationally effortlessly (when Storm Ciara doesn’t rock up).