Open-access content Monday 17th August 2009
Graham Briscoe urges FMs to volunteer and do their bit to promote the future of the profession.
20 August 2009
Following the recent approval at BIFM's AGM for a new board structure, I am continuing to audit the membership decisions offered to prospective BIFM members until this action is taken over by the BIFM board's new Audit Committee later in the year.
One thing that has never failed to surprise me is the extensive background and varied career history of prospective BIFM members. These career backgrounds range across a very wide spectrum from catering, security, hospitality, reception, mail services, call centres as well as the hard aspects of electrical/mechanical engineering, building construction and maintenance, through to those with previous careers in contract purchasing, architecture, local authority planning, surveying and military service.
I have yet to meet anybody in FM who said "I want to be a facilities manager when I grow up." Indeed - it was known as "office services" when I started on my own career in productivity services, which led, through change management, into FM.
Well, facilities managers can now make that happen - through a charity called Growing Ambitions. This unique UK-wide volunteering initiative puts real people, doing real jobs, in front of young people as career speakers to tell them what their careers are really like and give them great ideas for their future. Growing Ambitions (www.growingambitions.com) gives impact to volunteering in education and is an award-winning, not-for-profit organisation.
Inspire young people to do the job you do. Growing Ambitions wants you to give the low down on your job and career. You will talk to young people in schools, colleges and universities and give them great ideas for their future. Sign up and you will get an invitation to speak. You can negotiate the date and time to suit you.
So why not use your professional skills to volunteer? It's a great way to improve your CV and you'll be helping others along the way. A recent survey by TimeBank (another useful source for volunteering) found that 83 per cent of employers value volunteering on your CV. In addition the research established that volunteering could also improve your chances of getting a promotion or a higher salary. So get going and contact them.