Ad Feature by UCM
If you’re a recent university graduate, it’s more than likely that you had to make a swift transition to studying online. eLearning has quickly become the new normal for a lot of students and it’s BIG business: the industry is worth an estimated $200 billion industry. With this industry having little presence on the island, University College Isle of Man (UCM) is wanting bright grads to get involved in developing online learning and to have the opportunity to be a part of something new.
Last week, University College Isle of Man (UCM) launched The Learning Company, funded by the Economic Recovery Group. It’s an established and flexible model of teaching enterprise skills to people launching their careers. The learning company will welcome up to 15 recent graduates as paid interns to gain real-world skills as they work on real eLearning projects. The projects will offer valuable networking opportunities; arguably a valued commodity for working professionals today and most of all personal and professional satisfaction of being part of something new and exciting.
The interns will be given a ton of autonomy in their work: it’s not about doing trivial or mundane tasks, but working on genuine projects that will develop their digital portfolio. They will have their own dedicated space at the gorgeous nunnery campus (perks include an on-sight sculpture park and DECENT parking). They will work in a collaborative environment: UCM is keen to attract a variety of skilled graduates from different degree paths like Computing, IT, Graphic Design, Visual Communications, Marketing and English and is ideal for those who are creative, analytical, self-directed and love a challenge and aspire to make an impact. The interns will gain experience of what it’s like to work within a business environment, including having regular appraisals, managing projects and creating innovative solutions. The work will range from concept to completion, as well as the continuous improvement of the online content. This includes translating traditional learning into online courses, developing digital assessments and creating custom artwork, animation and storyboard scripts. They will be involved in the marketing of courses, as well as analysing user data and feedback to identify quality improvements and future opportunities
The environment will nurture fresh new ideas, with masterclasses being provided by the island’s industry experts and the highly skilled UCM staff.
UCM has focused on an internship developing digital skills because, as Jo Pretty, UCM’s principal tells me, “digital learning is so vital today”. The work that these interns will produce over the 32 week internship will be authentic projects that affect the future of e-learning on-island. We also spoke to Luke Doherty, Head of Digital Learning at Suntera Global who have partnered up with UCM on the initiative, said: “We specialise in the solutions and tools that the interns will be learning during the 32 week programme, so we are honoured to be supporting this fantastic UCM opportunity and myself and our team of Digital Learner Designers are very much looking forward to sharing our business experiences and knowledge with the interns.”
At the end of the 32 weeks, they will have developed their skills and gained vital experience for their future careers. Interns might find themselves as the future digital learning entrepreneurs on the island: but the skills and experience are transferable. They will have experience in research, education, and business and stakeholder management. UCM is preparing the grads for ‘the new way of working’.
If you’re a recent graduate looking for an exciting opportunity to gain new skills and experience that will open up doors to a number of possibilities. Then look no further, applications to join The Learning Company are now open. You have until the 30th October to apply, with UCM hoping to have the interns starting in November. You can apply here