24042019-JC-01.qxd 4/23/2019 4:39 PM Page 1 c m y b CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 24 APRIL 2019 The solution providers RAJESH PANDIT Why FM can offer a great career Often forgotten, misconstrued or simply not acknowledged, Facilities Management (FM) is an industry that is required across multiple industries to enhance the quality of core business processes and increase their value. When everything is going okay, nobody remembers the efforts that go in to keep it running fine, however, one breakdown and everyone cribs about Facilities Management. By definition, professional Facility Management (FM) as an inter-disciplinary business function has the objective to coordinate demand and supply of facilities and services within public and private organisations. Untill the early 1980s, it was truly a reactive service conducted by anyone and everyone. However, since then the sector has come a long way and has emerged into a vibrant sector creating opportunities for those taking proactive steps to adapt to evolving customer needs. Responsibilities in the sector have increased, duties have expanded and the scope has broadened. Consequently, the level of outsourcing is increasing and clients have become more demanding and sophisticated in procuring FM services. Today, not only global companies but Indian companies as well equally understand the importance and advantages of outsourcing. The growth in real estate, preference towards safe, clean and secure environment and flourishing hospitality industry has raised the demand for facility management services in the country. The growth in this segment has been largely led by factors such as growth in demand from commercial sector with preference towards professionally managed services. Today Facilities Management holds strategic importance by applying expert knowledge, proven best practices and processes, best-inclass technology, procurement leverage and energy and sustainability initiatives, to enhance value, streamline operations, manage operational risk, and reduce operating expenses for its clients as a core business asset. It offers development opportunities that use a person’s core strengths. FM is an excellent opportunity for young people to be paid and get trained on the job. It also offers a cost-effective resource for employers who would, in turn, invest in a new generation of facilities managers through a wave of apprenticeships. It also offers many routes to fit a person’s skills set, whether this is in engineering, customer services, sales, team leadership, etc. For example, take someone who is interested in sales, they can work for an FM service provider in a highly competitive yet rewarding environment on multi-million contracts, with clear opportunities to progress into a senior team management position. FM professionals have great prospects to drive their own job satisfaction and career paths to make their job enjoyable and rewarding. Whether it is gaining amazing experiences at the vibrant media organizations or a quirky tech company, or working in a local/EMEA/global role, FM is a fantastic career path for young people — if only they realised the opportunities that are available BURGEONING DEMAND ■ Significant growth is expected in the facilities management market as more and more companies look to outsource these services. The real estate sector is the second largest sector in the country in terms of employment prospects and is one of the major contributors to the country's GDP. ■ As business is burgeoning globally with growth detected across all markets and regions, the demand for facility management (FM) professionals is increasing. More and more companies are looking to outsource all or part of their facility-related operations to FM service providers in order to be able to solely focus on the work that is core to the business. ■ Today, Facilities Management holds strategic importance by applying expert knowledge, proven best practices and processes, best-in-class technology, procurement leverage and energy and sustainability initiatives, to enhance value, streamline operations, manage operational risk, and reduce operating expenses for its clients. ■ With respect to the segment-wise breakdown, commercial and industrial segments have contributed to 70 per cent of the current effective FM market in India. The commercial segment, including malls, hotels, hospitals, corporate offices, and multitenant office buildings has remained the traditional stronghold of most FM companies here. Lately, greenfield industrial activities have led to improvement in scope of growth for FM. ■ The variety involved in the role adds depth to the professional SCOPE AND CHOICES Facilities management represents a wide range of services for candidates to choose form. The vast range of services include: ■ ■ ■ — The writer is Managing Director Global Workplace Solutions & Property Management, CBRE ■ CORPORATE WORKPLACE SERVICES: Provide facility management services to the employees in the organisation, including occupancy management, housekeeping, engineering support, cafeteria, transport, vendor management, capex and opex management tec. CRITICAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT: Provide industry intelligence to enable resources to manage risk and ensure sound financial performance for facility management of Data Centers and Mission Critical Environment ■ ■ ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY: Envision and implement successful energy management and sustainability outcomes, translating these into green occupier strategies TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION: Provide strategic intelligence with technology solutions and develop/maintain customer reporting requirements including KPIs and service levels ISTOCK A BALASUBRAMANIAM KNOW YOUR INSTITUTION Many design institutes offer conventional disciplines of Design that tend to slot you into pre-determined domains. Some of these institutes may offer programmes that were relevant 50 years ago. The curriculum should reflect the changing times and must be current according to what the industry requires. While initially there were not many courses available for designers, education has come a long way. Today universities are offering cutting-edge education, tailor-made to suit the varying nature of the industry. Some of these in-depth and innovative programmes include: Product Design, Interaction Design and Interdisciplinary Design. The programmes are contemporary and industry-relevant. Much of this is now, changing. Not all institutes offer these options. Therefore, it is wise to choose the area of work that excites you and an institute of choice that would feed this excitement. disciplines of design. Preparing for a career If you think, design is your ‘thing’, then start prepar- ing for it. Learn to communicate, through sketching, drawing, photography or even articles. continued on page 4 Know what you want It is important to look deep into yourself, to understand what you want. Are you a technical tinkerer? Do you enjoy solving product-related problems? Are you the kind who is visually literate? Do you instinctively react to good websites or apps? Are you comfortable straddling different areas of work? Do you lead a digital life? All these could point to different c m y b FINANCE: Review and track expense controls providing real time access to financial data to facilitate clients’ decision making processes ■ PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: End-toend management of building and the assets such as tenant management, asset management, engineering and soft services, security etc with an aim to enhance asset life and improve end user experience. How to choose a career in design Design education offers an exciting new opportunity for students from different streams as it straddles science, technology, art and aesthetics in equal proportion. Design in India is a very old activity but a very young profession. In addition, like all things young, the profession has spawned several faces. There is the face of professional product designer, competing with global designers in increasingly global markets in making better cars, watches and phones. There is the face of the graphic designer creating Brand India by giving a visual identity to Indian businesses. There is the craft designer who is reinterpreting traditional handlooms and handicraft products and processes to suit urban spaces and international markets. An Interaction designer is piggybacking the IT revolution, by developing user-centric, digital products. There are also designers becoming brands that are slowly making progress in marketing their names on products and services. Emerging in the horizon is the thinker-designer who is seen to be increasingly applying the process for bettering hospital administration and making drinking water, safe. Moreover, there is the strategic design manager, who is sitting in boardrooms and creatively putting together businesses. This is the result of the design education in India that has been inherently generic and broad-based. experience and as the levels of responsibility are challenging, it offers you the chance to make a difference. STRATEGIC SOURCING: Sourcing and vendor performance management services for services such as cleaning, roads and grounds, employee support services (including cafeteria and catering), and business support areas ■ HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT (HSE): Provide best-in-class HSE processes which help to prevent incidents, protect people and property, and maintain regulatory compliance
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