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Speakers announced for Isle of Man Graduate Fair

Tue, 02 Apr 2019


Attendees of the first Isle of Man Graduate Fair, which takes place this Easter, will hear from an inspiring line-up of speakers who will share stories of their careers and explore the benefits of living and working in the Isle of Man.

The IOM Graduate Fair is free to attend, giving delegates access to a full afternoon of content, valuable upskilling workshops and networking opportunities with some of the Island’s leading employers.

The fair’s speakers are all graduates who have relocated or moved back to the Island, so are perfectly placed to understand what really matters to young professionals and expel some of the myths about ‘moving home’, revealing just how rewarding a career based here can be.

The event, which gets underway from 12pm on Wednesday 17th April at Woodbourne House, will open with Jeriel Bacani who returned to the Island after achieving a First Class Honours degree in political science and has since forged a profession from her creative passion, working as Creative Content Lead at Microgaming – a role which has seen her named ‘Hidden Talent of the Year’ at the 2018 Women in Gaming Awards.

Attendees will hear from Jamie Lewis, co-founder and creative director of Peggy + Lewis,  who will share first-hand knowledge of the entrepreneurial spirit and boundless creativity that has followed his hospitality, events and marketing career since moving to the Isle of Man nearly 10 years ago.

Former professional rugby player and Sports Psychology graduate, Guy Wood, will also be sharing the story of his varied career so far which has led him back to his homeland to found Ascentiom, a professional recruitment service that combines focused, local expertise with global reach and strategic talent management skill. Guy was recently named one of the Isle of Man’s ’30 under 30’. 

A panel session will be curated by Love Tech, a not-for-profit organisation who are dedicated to inspiring young people about opportunities in STEM and will explore the rewarding - and sometimes surprising - places that a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics can lead you.

Alongside the programme of speakers, a series of workshops, CV clinics and recruitment one-to-one’s with leading recruitment agencies Hamblin, Paragon and Search & Select will provide tangible takeaways for attendees. There are also more than 30 employers on hand to promote their graduate-specific career opportunities. 

After a busy day of networking, attendees are invited to Eagle Labs in Victoria Street to grab a drink from the bar, a slice of pizza and take part in a panel and Q&A session with Isle of Man Business Network, who will host this informal and fun event from 6.30pm  - 9pm.

The Isle of Man Graduate Far is suitable for students, graduates and anyone with an interest in or considering their next employment options; whether currently based in the Isle of Man or further afield. 


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