Jeremy Crookshank

Company: CoinCorner

Job title: Software Developer

CoinCorner is a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Isle of Man. Founded in 2014, CoinCorner currently operates in 47 countries worldwide and was one of the first exchanges to fall under any form of cryptocurrency legislation.

Background

Education

I qualified with a Level 3 National Diploma in IT and a Bachelor of Science Computer Science degree, both from the University College Isle of Man.

Work experience 

While studying for my 3-year degree, I worked in a local supermarket.

When did you graduate from higher education?

I decided to stay on the Isle of Man to study for my degree. I’m 21 and I graduated from the College in June 2018.

Life on the Isle of Man

What attracted you to stay on the Island for further education and work?

I stayed on the Island as I love everything that it has to offer. My family and friends live here too which makes it an even better place to live.

What are the career opportunities in IT?

There are many areas of opportunity available in IT. These include tech consultant, front-end developer, back-end developer and database designer, for example. It is a varied career path.

What is your favourite thing about living on the Island?

For me, it’s the community. Compared to many other countries, the community on the Isle of Man is strong.

Working in Software Development 

Why did you decide to pursue a career in software development?

I’ve always had a strong interest in software development and I felt that it was the right kind of work for me.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

CoinCorner has a really cool culture which I enjoy. I also love being able to create anything in software and help to improve the company’s platforms.

Career progression to date…

Working as a Software Developer at CoinCorner is my first office role and I’m looking forward to seeing how my career progresses.

Do you have any role models that have helped inspire you?

I would say that Sir Alan Sugar has inspired me and been a role model. His business knowledge is interesting and very useful.

What are your aspirations?

I would like to be a Senior Developer or a Lead Developer in the future!

Finally...

What advice would you offer to students looking to return to the Island?

From a career perspective, it’s important to know the right people, be as well-known as you can, or to use a website such as LinkedIn to network with other people in the business community.

The Isle of Man has a lot of leisure activities on offer too, such as mountain biking, walks and kayaking.