Top 5 tips for graduates entering the FM industry
EFS' senior recruitment executive dishes out tips for young persons
In an exclusive interview with Facilities Management Middle East, Léonie Wilkinson, senior recruitment executive for EFS Facilities Services, gives her top five tips for graduates looking to get into the industry.
Wilkinson started her career in FM in London in 2006 when she joined Hays Construction and Property Specialist Recruitment as a fresh graduate.
"Like most people in the FM industry I fell into it by chance. After interviewing for Hays, it was my then director who decided I should join her FM department and I have never looked back," she said.
Her tips for fresh graduates are:
1. Experience is key
"Get some experience. FM is fast becoming a popular choice with graduates from a range of specialisms such as business, hospitality, real estate, surveying and engineering etc…and what will separate you from your peers is work experience."
2. Summer internships
"During your summers while in university ask around within the leading FM companies for a summer placement, internship or simply the chance to shadow an FM for a few weeks. This will show employers your commitment to the industry. Plus if you make a good impression the company maybe keen to hire you straight from university."
3. Even non-graduates are welcome
"If you are not a graduate and are interested in getting into FM then there are other routes open to you which could lead to career in the industry."
4. Support roles in FM are equally important
"If you are not technically trained you can look at support roles such as administration, customer services jobs, call center roles or reception. When we see an employee wanting to work hard and take a certain career direction if they have the right attitude we can make it happen. Some of our most successful FM’s started in a different part of our business and moved to operations after some time with the company."
5. Training in-house is possible
"If you are an engineer by trade, then join as an engineer and any FM company should have a training programme which can help technical employees learn about other aspects of FM such as soft services, budgeting, security etc. A willing attitude is all that is required."
Read the full interview with Wilkinson in the September 2012 issue of fmME.