Company: Kestrel Insurance
Job title: Head of Marketing & Business Development
Returning to the Isle of Man after University, Natasha threw herself into her career in Marketing and her passion for journalism. Natasha makes the most of the security the Island offers her family and loves getting involved in the community through professional groups and volunteering with the Girl Guides.
Kestrel Insurance is a local insurance company who understands the lifestyle of the Isle of Man and strives to offer affordable policies for Car, Van, Motorcycle, Taxi, Home, Commercial and Travel insurance to Island residents.
Edge Hill University 2009 – 2012, studying BA (Hons) in Journalism with NCTJ accreditation.
Before and during my degree I completed numerous stints with local media outlets including Manx Radio and Isle of Man Newspapers. Whilst studying I also worked closely volunteering for Bay TV, Liverpool’s local television channel at the time.
How long have you been back on the Island?
I graduated in 2012 at the age of 21 and returned to the Island. I have lived here ever since and I am now 27.
Life on the Isle of Man
What attracted you back to the Island after University?
Most importantly, family – my close network of friends and family are invaluable, especially now that I have started my own family.
What is your favourite thing about living on the Island?
The wide variety of activities that you can partake in as a family or with children and the mix of opportunities that young people can grasp to form a passion for a future career and/or new hobbies; amongst my favourite are Love Tech - who aim to entice young girls into Science & Tech, Girlguiding (although slightly bias as I am a leader & PR Adviser), offering young women opportunities to grow in confidence & learn new skills and Beach Buddies who's hard work is educating the Islands’ population on the importance of caring for our beautiful surroundings.
What are the career opportunities in Marketing?
Since returning from university I have completed my Professional Marketing Diploma (CIM) with Heather Blackley at MPES which has proved invaluable to my professional development on the Island. I am very passionate about my current role which I have been in for five years, however, from the knowledge gained from networking with other professionals I know, there are a wide variety of opportunities available on the Island for marketers, from varied industries to the work carried out in the roles themselves.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in Marketing?
I loved feature writing as a trainee journalist, and this fuelled my passion for Content Marketing. This role developed through personal CPD and when undertaking my Professional Marketing Diploma, and as they say, the rest is history!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
As part of my role, I manage relationships with insurance companies, developing new and existing products (including policy benefits, rates and services). I’m a very social person so I love building professional friendships with other BDMs – we all become secondary colleagues to each other and offers a great chance to discuss new trends!
Do you have any role models that have helped inspire you?
Despite the fact she is younger than me, it would have to be Malala Yousafzai. She is ALWAYS challenging the status quo for women across the world and pays her highest respects to her educators; ‘One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world’ – I can relate to this quote as I wouldn’t be in the career I am in today if it hadn’t been for the tireless support from my Media Studies/English Lit teacher in high school!
What are your aspirations?
To live a happy, healthy life (CLICHÉ much?!)
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?
Don’t listen to the people who will tell you that you will only gain life experience from moving away or that the Island is ‘boring’. Times may have changed but this is something I heard consistently when I decided to move home after University. However, I believe I made the best decision for ME! The island offers a huge variety of career opportunities, and a quick search on Google/Facebook will provide you with a multitude of weekend/after work activities (a list which grows every month) or volunteering opportunities if you’re looking to commit to a hobby long term.
Our unspoilt scenery also offers a chance to slow down and focus on self-care, from reading a book overlooking Peel Castle to kayaking in Laxey Bay followed by a delicious hot chocolate at The Shed! Since having my first child this is something I find just as important as progressing my career, as it reduces stress both at home and in the workplace, allowing you to focus on what’s important to your family and your employer/colleagues/business.
The key, forget the anxiety of trying something new – just throw yourself into whatever you chose and the rest will fall in to place!