Why do so many students leave the island?

The Manx government wants to find out why so many young people are shunning the land of their birth after they graduate. 

It comes as the census revealed that the island’s population has shrunk and many industries report difficulty in recruiting staff.

Local graduates have now been invited to take part in a survey about their careers as the government seeks to keep home-grown talent.UCM graduates

Each year around 400 local young people finish degree or equivalent higher education courses at University College Isle of Man (UCM) and institutions off the island.

The 2016 census revealed larger than expected numbers of recent graduates live and work off-island, something that has alarmed the government.

Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children, said: ’We invest a significant sum in supporting young people through higher education and hopefully this is the gateway to long and successful careers for them.

’The census revealed a larger than expected number of people in their 20s are leaving the island and understanding why is a priority for us.

’It has been 13 years since we researched students’ pathways after graduation, so we invite those who have graduated since 2013, and those who end their studies this summer, to share their views with us.

’The island’s economy is more diverse than ever, with many sectors seeking to employ talented home-grown graduates.’

Existing graduates are asked where they live, what job they do, what factors influenced those decisions, whether they plan to return to the island and what incentives would cause them to consider a move home. See the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/97GS7QP

This summer’s graduates are asked what they plan after qualifying and whether financial or other incentives would encourage them to remain in/return to the island. See www.surveymonkey.com/r/97FFZ6T

The survey will also be on www.ucm.ac.im and www.employed.im

Students who have received government funding will receive an invitation to take part in the survey but it is open to all recent graduates, whether or not supported through their studies.

Students are not compelled to leave a name or email address but it’s hoped some will leave details and agree to be contacted if further research is conducted.

The survey closes on June 30.

UCM runs 15 degree and equivalent courses, including postgraduate programmes and an MBA, offering students the chance to gain qualifications without the cost of leaving home.

UCM says its graduates are proving highly employable, with 91 per cent gaining relevant employment at or before graduation.

Gail Corrin, higher education manager, said: ’Our students build relationships with potential employers as a result of the close and collaborative initiatives between UCM and business and these prove beneficial when seeking positions.’

She said: ’UCM also offers work-based masters-level study for graduates, an option that is proving increasingly popular for UK-based graduates wanting to return to the island.’


This article was published on iomtoday.co.im here.