Molly Spiers

Company: CoinCorner

Job title: Marketing Manager

Molly returned to the Isle of Man after graduating from University to explore the field of Marketing. Now as mother embracing the fresh air and quality of life offered to her family, CoinCorner's Marketing Manager is making an impact on the Island in the crypto currency sector.

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 

2003 - 2008 - Castle Rushen High School (IOM)

2008 - 2010 - UCM (IOM) - National Diploma in Art and Design

2010 - 2013 - Southampton Solent University (UK) - BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing

Work experience 

I waitressed for a number of years (evenings and weekends) during my time at school/college. At university, I worked part-time as a sales assistant to help fund my studies.

How long have you been back on the Island?

I graduated from university in June 2013 (aged 21), so I’ve been back on the Island for 5 years now.

Life on the Isle of Man 

What attracted you back to the Island after University?

  1. Family, friends and familiarity.

The Isle of Man is my home. I was born here, I grew up here and most of my family and friends are here.

  1. Job opportunities.

With such low unemployment levels, I knew that it wouldn’t be hard to find a job on the Island and I was right - I was offered my first job (marketing assistant) within 2 weeks of returning home! Many of my university friends who lived in the UK were still looking for a job more than a year after we graduated.

  1. A quiet life.

I suffered from really bad anxiety during my time at university as I struggled to adjust to life in UK. Everything felt amplified - the noise, the traffic, the pollution, even the people - and I longed for the quieter life that I knew and loved, where faces and places were familiar, the air was clean and “rush hour traffic” meant that I was 10 minutes later home.

If you are coming over to the Island without having grown up here originally – what attracted you to move over?

N/A - Manxie born and bred!

What is your favourite thing about living on the Island?

Davidson’s ice cream… and (if you need a sensible answer) the sense of community that comes from living on an island with a small population.

What are the career opportunities in marketing?

Marketing is a fundamental part of any business (big or small) and most will have an in-house marketing team (even if the “team” is just one person). With so many businesses on the Island, there is never a shortage of marketing jobs available.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in marketing?

Like most people, I went to university to do one thing and came out wanting to do something else. My course was fashion-related, but I quickly lost interest in fashion once I realised how catty the industry was - that’s just not me!

Marketing was one of the course modules that I really enjoyed, so I explored the options of pursuing it as a career (of which there was many!) and decided that marketing was what I wanted to do!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Seeing the company grow. I joined CoinCorner in 2015, not long after the company was established. At that time, there we just 5 employees (including me) working really hard to turn CoinCorner from a startup into a success. Fast forward to today and we have achieved that and so much more! We have over 150,000 users in 47 countries worldwide and our team is now a team of 15 (and growing still!) I love my job, my colleagues and I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved in 4 short years.

Career progression to date?

Marketing Assistant - The Sefton Group (July 2013 - March 2015)

Marketing Manager - CoinCorner (April 2015 - Present)

What are your aspirations?

To be happy and healthy in all aspects of my life. I believe that if you are happy and healthy, everything else will fall into place.

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?

Personally, I think the Isle of Man is a fantastic place for young people looking to start their career. There is seemingly never a shortage of jobs available! There are so many businesses desperate to hire young, talented people - here at CoinCorner, more than 60% of our team are under the age of 30.

From a personal aspect, I think the Isle of Man is a great place to live, particularly if you are an active/outdoorsy-type person. I love walking in the Glens or going for a run along the prom.

As a new(ish) mum, I also think the Island is a great place to raise a family. I love being able to take my little boy to the beach at the weekend - just a 10 minute walk from my house!