Matthew Ward

Company: CoinCorner 

Job title: Junior Software Developer

Matthew pursued a career in the IT sector, continuing his studies on the Island to take full advantage of the fresh air and opportunities here. As a graduate of UCM, Matthew leaped into employment, joining CoinCorner as a Junior 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 recently completed the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing and Systems Development at the University College Isle of Man.

Work experience 

Before joining CoinCorner, I worked as a computer engineer. Since joining the company’s tech team, I have done some work as a computer engineer and am now working on software development.

When did you graduate higher education?

I’m 19 years old and started my HNC at the College in 2016. I graduated in June 2018.

Life on the Isle of Man 

What attracted you to remain on the Island after school for further education or work?

Aside from staying as my family live on the Island, there is a range of IT-related jobs available here. It made sense for me to stay to gain qualifications and look for work in the IT sector.

What is your favourite thing about living on the Island?

There are many things I love about living on the Island, including the range of jobs, scenery and mountain bike trails, the TT, and feeling safe as there is such a low crime rate!

What are the career opportunities in software development?

Software development offers many different opportunities, but mostly, I feel that companies on the Isle of Man are always looking for skilled workers. In the recent past, there has been a shortage of software developers, but I think that this is slowly beginning to improve as new companies like CoinCorner create job opportunities in this area.

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

I’ve always had a passion for fixing computers and building software, so the decision to work in IT was an easy one.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy that we have a relaxed environment and a great team. I also like the sense of accomplishment when a project is finished.

Career progression to date…

Junior Technical Engineer - IT

Junior Software Developer - Crypto

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

I have some friends who code and they are quite inspiring as they always push each other to learn more and be better!

Finally...

What advice would you offer to students looking to return to the Island, or who are considering remaining on the Island instead of going abroad to study?

My advice would be that there are a lot more opportunities available than you might initially think. The Island has quite a low unemployment rate compared to other countries and there are a number of Government-funded schemes in place to support those who choose to live here.