“So they have cats without Tails, and sheep with funny horns? Don’t tell me, you don’t fly home for Christmas, your Manx Land is in the cupboard next to Narnia”

Photo of KrisOriginally published in ‘Mannin Media’ – November 2009

That’s how Kris’ University class mates used to joke about the Isle of Man. However, they are now eager to find out more about the Isle of Man’s growing digital economy, after Kris secured a graduate position with PDMS.  In fact, Kris is PDMS’ first official graduate trainee who, for the next 2 years, will be seconded to various areas of PDMS’ business to gain an insight into, and experience of, different business functions from business analysis and finance right through to sales and marketing.

Kris was also one of the first graduates to benefit from the DTI’s Manx Graduates portal (www.manxgraduates.im), an innovative new website developed by PDMS. The portal aims to make Manx graduates and professionals aware of the varied job opportunities on the Island and encourage Manx talent back to the Island.  It certainly worked successfully for both Kris and PDMS!

Originally educated at Ramsey Grammar School, Kri’s return to the Island follows the completion of an intensive Business Masters which focused on Management Information Systems and Management Accounting Systems.   Prior to this he attended the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) where he gained an honours Degree in Political Science & History. This lead to full time position as Manager of the Student Newspaper and Communications Officer of the Students Union followed by a year as Student President and then a role lobbying for 3rd Level students with the national student organisation (USI).

Kris has now been with the company for 4 months and has already completed his first project which involved working closely with the team responsible for the Isle of Man Government framework and website. He has now moved on to a secondment with the Sales & Marketing team where he is embarking on a project focusing on the promotion of PDMS’ proprietary software development framework, FoundationsTM.  He has also put his organisational skills to good use and joined PDMS’ active Social Committee; helping to arrange events such as the successful and rather spooky Castletown Ghost Walk.

Kris commented, “As a Trainee, I have a great opportunity to experience various aspects of the company first hand. It is really a case of further developing the academic foundations such as report writing and technical research with core business practices such as marketing and finance”

Outside of work, aside from catching up with old school friends in Ramsey, Kris travels regularly to watch his beloved Munster Rugby play in Ireland. He is currently clinging on to faint hopes that they might join him in Stade de France Paris for the Heineken cup final this May as a late birthday present.

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