Why don't 85% of students return to the Isle of Man upon graduating?
- They think that there's nothing exciting here for them.
- There are limited job opportunities here.
- There are better job opportunities off-Island.
- They meet someone whilst at university and settle down.
- The Isle of Man is too expensive to live on.
- Buying a house is too difficult and services are seen to be poor.
The response rate was quite high with 263 respondents replying in just three days. Some respondents chose more than one answer which was right and proper in a survey like this where there may be mitigating factors.
Responses were as follows:
- They think that there's nothing exciting here for them. 21%
- There are limited job opportunities here. 22%
- There are better job opportunities off-Island. 24%
- They meet someone whilst at university and settle down. 10%
- The Isle of Man is too expensive to live on. 10%
- Buying a house is too difficult and services are seen to be poor. 12%
- Other. 1%
Although this was a short survey designed to assess at a very high level the reasons why our graduates aren't returning, we can still use the results to ask further questions of the Department of Education who have been remarkably quiet since I announced the 85% figure publicly.
The DED have since publicly announced that "...the great majority of graduates don't return." and one can assume this mean 85% or more.
263 responses were received which is around 10% of the graduate cohort (perhaps less as some on-Island students may have responded) which is a significantly large enough percentage to warrant conducting further surveys.
67% of respondents don’t believe the Isle of Man has anything to offer them.
22% think that it’s too prohibitive to live here (too difficult to buy a house, too expensive to live).
In short, the Island offers little or nothing to incentivise students to return. Jobs aren’t being created despite rhetoric to the contrary and students, having experienced the UK and other places find the Island boring. I will be blogging on this topic in the coming days and discussing what we can do about this.
All surveys are prepared using Googleforms and are run on my ‘Mark Kemp for Rushen’ Facebook page.
Surveys are designed to be high level and indicative only.
LATEST SURVEY – PORT ERIN TRADERS 22.05.17 https://goo.gl/forms/mYOkGiI0FIEXkzWM2