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Career prospects after your Master in Facility Management

"FM as a profession is becoming more and more respected by other industry sectors. The result is that lots of interesting positions and opportunities are emerging for talented young FM professionals. The FM study programme at the IFM equips students with the necessary tools to be able to compete in this industry."

Manuel Böhm, Project Manager, Wincasa

Lay the foundations for a career with excellent prospects.

Facility Management is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.

With a Master in Facility Management you learn how to manage complexity at the same time as expanding their academic skills. A Master’s qualification is increasingly regarded as an entry-level requirement for management roles, particularly in companies with a global presence. The ever-growing pressure to cut costs and increase productivity means that skilled facility managers are much sought after in both the private and public sectors.

Areas of activity with expert and leadership positions

Master’s graduates have taken on the following expert and leadership roles (i. a.)

  • General contractors
  • FM/total service providers
  • Public real estate management companies
  • Project developers
  • Construction companies, housing cooperatives, real estate agencies
  • Municipal infrastructure companies (public services, post, transport, energy, water)
  • Healthcare providers
  • Financial service providers
  • Industry
  • Research institutes

Other areas of work

  • Teaching and research/development at universities
  • Self-employed roles in new fields of business (consulting, development, services)
  • Specialist functions such as portfolio management
  • Business consultancy

Graduate portraits

«The Facility Manager’s role has been underestimated. The responsibility we have in the sustainable management of facilities and in the delivery of added-value services to support the users and the business during the building’s lifecycle is enormous. The Master’s programme at the ZHAW provided me with the required knowledge and skills to succeed in this endeavour and it turned out to be the perfect complement to my background as architect.»

Adriana Sanmiguel, Project Support - Transition & Support East, ISS Facility Services AG
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"Facility Management is encompassing such a wide umbrella of fields and support services, I think it can only have a positive managerial influence."

Sarah Chapatte, Facilities and Operations Manager swissnex San Fransisco
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"Think outside the box! It doesn’t matter where the idea came from as long as it solves the problem at hand."

Daniel Haas, Consultant für FM & Real Estate Advisory, Ernst & Young Real Estate GmbH
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"The acquired skills will be in demand for as long as there are facilities to manage and people to live and work in them. Keeping up to date with changes in the profession and the work environment will ensure that you as a Facility Manager will always be in demand too!"

Karin Schaad, Senior Business Consultant ISS Facility Services AG
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"The FM study programme at the IFM equips students with the necessary tools to be able to compete in this industry."

Manuel Böhm, Projekt Manager Wincasa AG
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