Respond to Comments – 4th November 2009

Comments from Mr C S Tan:

I’ve worked in the FM line for 26 years.

Right now many skilled FM graduates are not easily available. They are either skilled FM diploma holders now working overseas or engaged in other more lucrative jobs compared to the “Thankless” FM job. Our local state universities do not offer “FM degree” leading to difficulties in recruiting “locally qualified/recognised & respected” FM personnel. Most of them are either Real Estates/Building Science graduates.

For a start, it would be good to have someone to spearhead and to bring all the FM people together through member ship, have it accredited and recognised by the local government agencies and start offering recognised FM degrees. hopefully it will raise the status of FM jobs.

Hi Mr C S Tan, thanks for your very practical comments. I agree with you on the challenges in recruiting good FM personnel. Through my observations, FM professionals who do not have degrees can still be very successful. Some of them whom I know personally, they all possess common traits: Excellent Attitude, Flexible and Adaptable. 

In the past, in recruiting staff, it is common that most organisations would size up the applicants, first, based on their academic qualifications as consideration criteria. I am glad to know that, today, most MNCs are beginning to hire based on the professional credentials, that the applicants possessed, as a mark of the competencies that the professionals have achieved.

In elevating the profession of FM, it’s depends on each and every individual fellow FM practitioners to contribute, first, to his or her own organisation that FM can be a value added function and be a business advantage to the organisation.

The FM profession is relatively new, as compared to other professions such as architecture, project management, engineering, etc. I am glad that FMS Associates Asia Pte Ltd, in Singapore, has been appointed as the IFMA Approved Provider, in Asia, for it’s globally recognised FM credentials – FMP & CFM. FMS has started the programmes in July, 2009, and is running it’s 2nd batch of FMP (Facility Management Professional).

Sincerely, I really do look forward that the local fellow FM practitioners will come together, as a FM body, to have the profession of Facility Management recognised & accredited (in Singapore) by local government agencies and organisations.

FELLOW FM PRACTITIONERS, IF YOU ARE READING THIS, YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS & SUGGESTIONS IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

To FM Success!

steven@stevenee.com

Making a Difference in Facility Management….

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