A day in the life of a "BA FM" student

I'm currently doing a BA in Business Administration/Facility Management (FM) at Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.

Most people have no idea what FM is. Generally, FM is about all services required to optimally operate and manage facilities. FM primarily entails commercial, infrastructural and technical facility management as well as area management. More and more companies are seeing huge savings potential in this sector and are thus seeking to train qualified personnel. For most companies, however, FM is a secondary process alongside their actual core business. FM is thus a relatively new study option with very good prospects in Germany. As an airport operator, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH also has a great need for FM. Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH has thus been offering the FM course since 2006.

Now about the course. The theoretical part of the cooperative study programme takes place at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. The course runs for a total of six semesters and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. As this is a cooperative study programme, you regularly alternate between theory and practice. The main focus is on business modules such as business administration, socio-economics, HR or marketing as well as FM-oriented modules such as the fundamentals of real estate and building, property rights, tenancy law, maintenance management and technical building services. The practical phase at Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH involves working in various departments – from Accounting and HR to FM-specific departments such as Real Estate Management. This is where you get involved in daily work processes.

The key advantage of a BA degree is the 1.5 years of practical experience gained during training. This means you don't just become a theorist, but also gain an insight into working life. Practical training allows you to build on the specialist knowledge gained during your studies. Although this is a very intense course of study, I really enjoy alternating between theory and practice, and the opportunity to study a course relevant for the future.

If you are interested in business procedures and the real estate sector, and are not averse to the technical aspects, then your prospects are good for successfully completing the FM course.