Nick Collins

Company: PDMS Ltd

Job title: Front End Developer 

Nick's entrepreneurial nature found him exploring his talent for graphic design and getting involved in a variety of projects from a young age. His true talents shone when Nick competed with a group of friends in the Junior Achievement Company Programme competition - of which his team, Simple Minds, won the Island round and flew off to Tallinn, Estonia for the European competition. 

Nick followed this passion into Junior Achievement for a summer internship programme before finding his career pathway opening a door with PDMS, where today he has progressed to Front End Developer for a number of local and UK projects, including; jaiom.im, bridge.co.im and pdmsdigital.com. 

Background

Education 

I studied at Ballakermeen High School and completed my A Levels, before exploring a Diploma in Engineering at the Isle of Man College. 

Work experience 

I enjoyed the JA Company Programme so much, I pursued an Internship at Junior Achievement IOM to further develop my skills. I got a lot out of this one-year placement and it set me up in really good stead for the position I have now with PDMS. 

Life on the Isle of Man 

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

I didn’t want my parents to have a financial burden after I completed University and I felt that the industry I wanted to go into (IT) didn’t require a degree to get your foot in the door. Instead I self-taught myself to design and code (which was FREE! YouTube & Udemy are great!), and this gave me the grounding in knowledge that I needed to get a head start.

What are the career opportunities in Design?

The IT industry is huge and career opportunities are always around the corner. My personal progression at PDMS over the past 3 years has seen me move from Trainee Designer to Designer to Front End Developer.

What is your favourite thing about living on the Island?

It’s a nice and tranquil place to live. It beats living and working in a really busy city centre! Everything is close by, so you don’t need to commute for hours on end.

When you meet people internationally – it’s always a talking point as no one has any idea where the Isle of Man is!