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#FMResolutions2016: Learn, network, volunteer, celebrate! Tanya Horscroft

18-01-16, 14:28

"I do love the symbolism of a New Year. It's great to reflect on past successes and highlights, and I'm fortunate that 2015 offered a few of those!

Becoming WIFM SIG deputy chair meant a great deal to me. I'm passionate about volunteering for an institute which offers the industry a fantastic platform to meet, learn and develop, so being able to help drive one of the leading special interest groups is amazing. I also offered my assistance to the Workplace SIG, to help to reinforce the team and help to grow their membership. Lastly, I joined the World FM Day task force to help build the 2016 event (look out for that in June).

I missed the BIFM annual AGM & volunteer awards this year as I was busy sunning myself in Croatia, but when I received an email saying that I had not only won SIG Volunteer of the Year, but that I was also the overall Volunteer of the Year, I was beside myself! Given that there is a whole host of amazing volunteers who put in so much time and effort to their SIG / region, it was overwhelming to have been selected as the winner.

The excitement didn't stop there though, as I won the BIFM Rising Talent in FM Award in October. The awards evening is certainly up there with some of my favourite ever memories, and I've received some lovely messages of support since receiving the accolade. The whole awards process, from application, to interview, to the nerve-wracking wait, was a great experience and it has certainly helped me to raise my profile (both internally and externally).

Completing the BIFM Level 4 Diploma was a milestone for me. Being in a classroom with a group of FMs from various backgrounds, learning and bouncing ideas around together, was invaluable. Submitting that tenth and final assignment was an amazing feeling (especially since it was days before the deadline, whoops), and since receiving official certification I feel much more confident in asserting my skills and knowledge. Gaining an industry qualification has genuinely helped me to progress in my career already, and I will definitely study further with BIFM in the future to continue climbing the corporate ladder.

I gained an official mentor and a coach in 2015, and both have helped me to develop myself and work on my 5 year plan. I would highly recommend having a mentor (at the very least) to everyone - WIFM have a mentoring programme that matches mentors to mentees, and is open to everyone.

Probably more exciting than reviewing the past year, is looking to the year ahead. Instead of setting resolutions which, let's face it, are likely to have been broken by January 31st, I set myself a list of objectives.

I'm aiming to have a relatively quiet year this year. I won't undertake any formal qualifications, but I do want to continue building up my knowledge and experience via my role with Capita Real Estate and continuing to attend BIFM events (many of which offer Continuous Professional Development).

One of the main objectives for me this year is to become a mentor myself - time to "pay it back"! I'll also be looking for public speaking opportunities because this is something I "fear", so I need to push out of my comfort zone and be brave. This presents another chance to give back, as I intend to speak at schools to encourage young people to consider FM as a career choice.

Please do share your own resolutions and objectives with BIFM on Twitter: #fmresolutions2016

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and successful 2016, and share my favourite mantra: "Good better best, never let it rest, until your good is your better and your better is your best" (Source, Tim Duncan)"

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