Abdul's housing journey - New Housing Professional 2017
We asked our New Housing Professional finalists to blog for us on their housing journey, and what they think makes housing a rewarding career. Here's our third finalist, Abdul Hafeez from Taff Housing Association.
Like a lot of people, I fell into the housing sector by chance… my journey started while I was at university studying for a Building Surveying degree. I secured myself a part-time job with a local Housing Maintenance company, looking after privately rented housing for estate agents. The idea was to get as much experience before graduating as possible.
Once I gained my degree, I started looking for full-time work. As I had worked in the housing sector, I decided this would be a great place to start and to build further on what I had learnt at university and had experienced in the private housing sector.
I have now been working in housing as a graduate professional for over six months, and I can honestly say no two days are the same, due to the variety of work, the people you meet and the satisfaction you get from making their lives better by improving and maintaining the homes they live in.
Whilst working for Taff I have been exposed to a variety of work, from the basic reactive maintenance calls to the more complex planned maintenance issues that require cross organisational liaising in order to solve the issues.
For years the social housing sector has had an image crisis, mainly due to being associated with “Broken Britain”. However this is no longer the case, the social housing sector has moved on from this. The sector now is more dynamic and it is not just about providing maintenance, it is also about developing neighbourhoods and communities that people want to live in and a place where they want to call home.
The housing sector has never been higher on the political agenda, meaning the opportunities as professionals in the industry are diverse. The housing sector can provide for a challenging, satisfying and stimulating career. Whether it is an office role, developing new homes, managing the homes of our residents and working with people, or learning something as an apprentice, there’s something for everyone.
As of April 2017 the government will be introducing an apprenticeship levy, the funds from the levy will be collected from employers, and invested back into the industry through training to ensure the new work force is ready for the challenges the housing sector faces.
Working in housing is ideal for career development as it allows for the deployment of a wide range of skills that are required in any profession, such as:
- Organisation and time management
- Working under pressure
The industry itself has great prospects, as it is on the rise. Progression and development opportunities are available within an organisation, as most social housing employers are looking for employees who are willing to develop and progress within the sector.