They say that change is good. So it’s time for a little change around here: a new campus, a new degree program and a new writer. In other words, it’s time to move on to the next degree program conducted in English.
To start off, let me introduce myself. I’m Johanna, a third year student in the degree programme in Facility Management. Especially for those from Finland, Facility Management might not mean anything. Or it might sound like something in the field of cleaning (thanks to ISS being the only company in Finland that actually uses “Facility services” on their ads) but it’s so much more. At JAMK we, the future FMs, can find our own path from the jungle of maintenance, security, real estate, tourism, event management and many more. Finding your own path is one of your first challenges in the studies. For some this comes easily, others try out different ways and hope to end up in the right direction.
I’ve also taken a small detour in my studies. When I entered JAMK for the first time 2.5 years ago, I was sure I wanted to become a hotel manager. It felt like a perfect job for me. Well, that’s not the case anymore. 😀 See, last January I left from the secure arms of JAMK, and went on exchange – to a hotel management program. And last August I came back, with a new dream: Event management. Luckily being in a degree programme that includes so many different areas from hospitality management, I didn’t need to change programs. All I needed was to check our list of optional courses all over again, and I was back on track.
Our studies include lots of hands-on work with local companies and many projects bring new color to our semesters. At the moment a small group of us are arranging a national FM seminar for this spring, but I’ll write more about that tomorrow. Now it’s time to hit the sack.
In case anybody has questions about Facility Management, feel free to send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or just ask through the comments.
P.S. If you’re interested in reading about my experiences during the exchange period, blog Managing myself in Turkey is the perfect place to do that. 🙂