Interview with Grace O'Neill, Administrator - Isle of Man

Monday 13 November 2017

Grace O'Neill meets with the Isle of Man's Department of Economic Development to discuss her career at Equiom.

The beginning of a promising career

The Isle of Man is a place of opportunity when it comes to choosing a career. That’s what I learned after pursuing a couple of different career paths before finding the right one. I joined Equiom in September 2014 after finishing a course in Hospitality and Catering at the Isle of Man College, which I completed at Distinction level. After beginning work in the hospitality industry, although I could see the promise it has locally as a sector, I decided this was not the career for me, and as a person who loves a challenge and is always keen to learn new things, I applied for a job at Equiom.

I had been advised from the outset that there were ongoing opportunities for progression, and after being promoted to an Administrator in September 2015 and seeing so many of my colleagues progressing in their areas, I am confident that this is the case.  I am privileged to work alongside so many talented people. Recruiting local talent is important to Equiom and as part of its growth strategy, Equiom seeks to train and develop people who are already here on the Island. Our Global CEO Sheila Dean feels it is important for sustainability and supporting the local economy in which we thrive.

My day-to-day administration role is extremely varied, and allows me to learn new skills and build my knowledge of the industry continuously. I work on a varied global portfolio of Equiom’s clients involving property structures, trading entities, investment holdings and offshore trusts with the task of administering transactional and operational matters. I have also been heavily involved in various projects throughout my time at Equiom, which I have also enjoyed. I am now looking towards becoming professionally qualified to further my career. There is a great deal of professional development training available on the Isle of Man and also several professionals in the finance sector who can help mentor me through whatever I choose. The first qualification I would like to work towards is STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners qualification), which I can undertake locally with STEP Isle of Man. It offers various levels of qualifications to enhance your knowledge and as a member, you are always learning new things with development courses and access to research materials. Having learned so much in the two and a half years I have been with Equiom, I feel I will be ready to do this within the next year or so, which Equiom are fully supportive of.

The best thing about working for a company like Equiom is that the team is made up of friendly, like-minded individuals who provide constant positive support on a daily basis. They recognise and appreciate the work that is put in by each person, and take the time to encourage and assist in the development of the different skills that each individual has to offer.

It’s great to be part of such a supportive team and with the resources available on Island, I expect a rewarding career ahead.


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