DESC Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Service

Further Education

Some Further Education leavers may wish to progress to the next level of their learning during Autumn 2023. Full details on options and the application process for full time and part time further education courses can be found on the UCM website. Information on eligibility for funding for further education courses and fees is here

Higher Education

Some Further Education leavers will have applied for undergraduate courses starting Autumn 2023. Information on funding for these courses can be found on the Student Awards homepage This page is updated regularly and is a good source of information including:

As well as providing support through the whole grants process over the Summer, the Student Awards Team can also assist with individual appointments if students need any help in completing the application form, or have any specific queries about their circumstances

.Applications for the 2023/24 Academic year were available from Spring 23.


Guidance for results day Summer 2023 can be found on the UCAS website here

Employment Options

Unemployment on the Island is very low (around 0.5%) and there are employment roles available on Island in different sectors.

Local advertised employment roles

Many local employment roles are advertised through the Job Centre and these Careers Advisers work closely with the DESC Careers Team. Job Centre staff can provide advice around eligibility for unemployment benefits. Unemployed 18 year olds may be entitled to Job Seekers Allowance or other benefits. Roles advertised by the Job Centre may be full or part-time, temporary or permanent. Often people applying for a role through the Job Centre will have to sign up to the employment agency linked to the advert for the role to progress their application.

The Finding Employment area on the Signposts website contains a number of resources and links that would support the exploration of employment opportunities by a school leaver including how to write a cover letter, CV, types of interview and how to prepare for them as well as the Looking for a job which is an overview of where roles may be advertised locally.

Further details on minimum wage can be found on the Isle of Man Government website at this link


Junior Achievement and Paragon are holding a ‘drop in’ event for education leavers seeking employment this Summer.

Date: Tuesday 22nd August

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Santander Work Café, Market Street, Douglas

There will be employers and others there who can talk to you about what kind of jobs are available, your skills and qualifications , how to apply for a job and prepare for an interview.

If you want to know more further details can be found on the Junior Achievement website:

Summer Signposts sessions for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance after leaving education Summer 2023