Career Ready graduates launched into the working world

As supporters of the Career Ready programme, employed.im is delighted to see how well this year's students have done, achieving some fantastic accomplishments with their placement companies and growing in confidence and capabilities each day.

Release Date: 12/03/2018 10:27

Twelve students from the island’s high schools and college have graduated from the Career Ready programme.

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The 12 Career Ready graduates (pictured with coordinator Jo Davis) celebrated their achievements along with employers and volunteers who provided support 

The graduation ceremony took place in Noa Bakehouse on Wednesday to celebrate the students’ achievements over the past two years.

Over that time, the students from Ramsey Grammar, Castle Rushen, UCM and Ballakermeen High School were given masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships to help them prepare for the future, as well as develop working bonds with employers.

Career Ready coordinator Jo Davies thanked all employers and volunteers who have given up their time to mentor and offer an internship to the students, including PDMS; Noc396; Hansard Global; GTS; AFD Software Ltd; IT Works; WiManx; Future Tech Ltd; Netcetera; Isle of Man Post Office; Annexico; Galileo Fund Services Ltd; Lloyds banking group; Thomas Patrick Creative Agency and Hansard International.

Graduates Matthew Rowberry, 18, and Stephanie Dunne, 17, have called their time on the programme an ’amazing experience’.

Matthew’s internship was at Thomas Patrick Creative Ltd with Tom Gough from Thomas Patrick Creative Agency Ltd, Ramsey, as his mentor. Career Ready 2 - Matthew Rowberry

The UCM student said: ’I would 100% recommend Career Ready to others. It’s definitely helped me with my team work skills, as well as boosted my confidence while being around people.

’I decided to apply, as it seemed like a good opportunity.

’We had the chance to meet a mentor for one hour a month to talk about starting a career, which was really helpful. We also got a free trip to London, as part of the programme.

’During my internship I learnt how to build and manage a website from scratch, which I really enjoyed. Although I knew I was going to get a career in IT, I didn’t think I would go into that area.

’Everyone in the office got on with each other and it was a great environment to work in. I also didn’t feel intimidated by the boss.

’Working at Thomas Patrick Creative was the most amazing job ever. They even offered me a part-time job as a junior web developer, which I’ve taken.’

Career Ready 3 - Stephanie DunneStephanie, a previous Ramsey Grammar student, was paired with software development services provider PDMS and is now working as an web services apprentice at the Government Technology Services.

She said: ’I was given a mentor, Lorna Trevethan, who helped me with preparation for my summer internship.

’We met for one hour every month, where we discussed things like interview techniques, organising workloads, setting goals and communicating well with a range of professional people.

’For the internship itself, I was given a project of my own - to create a number of detailed reports about 2017 Year 10 students and their work experience placements.’

Stephanie listed self-discipline, self-motivation, researching, reporting and a ’better understanding of the importance of confidentiality’ as skills developed over her Career Ready experience.

’It was great experience to take responsibility for my own work schedule and to be committed to my own project,’ she continued.

’My mentor also helped me a lot when it came to my confidence in interviews. In school, the only time we were taught interview skills was one master class in Year 10 to prepare us for our two weeks of work experience. I had also only had one real interview before which is an embarrassing moment for me since I was stuttering and stammering on each question.

’If I didn’t apply for the Career Ready Programme, I would never have been introduced to the Manx ICT Association apprenticeship scheme, nor would I have had the confidence to apply.

’By going for it, I have been given a two-year ICT apprenticeship where I work four days a week and attend college the other day.

’This has given me a fantastic grounding in the IT industry and a wealth of work experience in a variety of IT divisions which I would not have received had I stayed in A-levels.’

This article was published on iomtoday.co.im.

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