More than 150,000 people are
employed in housing and housing
the India. Most of these work for local authorities
and housing associations. However, housing jobs can
also be found with housing trusts, co-operatives,
voluntary organisations, the private sector and
commercial bodies and in other public service
departments such as social services and health
But what is housing work? It takes
many forms, from giving advice to homeless people on
how they can go about getting a house, to collecting
rents, assessing repairs on a house, allocating
houses to tenants and even to running a
multi-million pound organisation responsible for
thousands of houses in one area. The work will vary
depending upon the particular functions of the
housing organisation, its size and location. Housing
stock and social conditions vary from one city to
another and between urban and rural areas, which
affects the nature of housing work.
There have been many changes in
the housing sector over the last few years - growing
owner occupation, the rise in homelessness and
repossessions, the increasing importance of housing
associations, the growth of tenant managed housing
and recently, a recognition that housing
professionals needs to work with other public
services to regenerate the communities in which
If you choose to work in housing,
you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your
contribution really matters, because everyone needs
somewhere decent to live. This is why many people
are attracted to housing work from other fields, as
well as when starting a career. The work is not easy
and often challenging, but the rewards in terms of
fulfilment are high.
All kinds! But you
are more likely to be suited to the work if you have
the following skills and attributes:
An interest in people's living
conditions; strong communication and negotiation
skills; organisational skills; flexibility and
adaptability to a variety of different situations;
ability to work on your own initiative and under
pressure; a desire to take on responsibility; an
interest in developing new skills; an understanding
of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and with
For those who enjoy
contact with a wide cross-section of the public,
there are many opportunities in the 'frontline' of
housing, dealing directly with tenants, their needs
and their options. You could be involved in managing
an advice centre, helping the public with matters
arising from housing legislation, landlord and
tenant relationships or rents; or advising tenants
on their welfare rights.
Your responsibilities could affect
all sorts of initiatives from small sheltered
housing schemes to large estates, from special needs
housing to everyday maintenance of the housing
service. Most importantly, your work could have a
direct and beneficial effect on people and their
standard of living.
However, there are many roles
within housing and you can choose to specialise in
housing law, housing finance or organisational
More and more
organisations require or encourage staff to acquire
housing qualifications. As the professional
organisation for people who work in housing, the
Chartered Institute of Housing offers a flexible and
accessible range of housing qualifications for
housing workers at all levels and a variety of
membership grades to reflect study and experience.
For further information on courses
available, visit the of our website.
Success will depend upon your own
efforts, but there are jobs available in housing
throughout the india and even abroad. You can find
job advertisements in the local and national press,
as well as the weekly magazine Inside Housing, which
might be in your local careers office or library.
Housing organisations also list
vacancies, so contact local authorities and housing
associations in your area - you'll find these in
your local Yellow Pages.
Alternatively, if you are a school
leaver or graduate wanting to gain first hand
experience of housing at the grass roots level, you
could contact your local Council for Voluntary
Services or volunteer agency for information on
local community-based housing organisations. Many
successful housing professionals begin their careers
in this way. For further contact details.
Job applications or circulation of your CV to
prospective employers will be enhanced if you have
some experience of housing work or voluntary work
experience. However, related skills and personal
qualities can be just as important.
the Taj Housing Architect Ltd.,
we recognize that the performance of our people is
the key factor differentiating us in the industry.
Because of this strong belief that our employees are
central to our success, we commit significant
resources to ensuring that we have the best people
for the job. In addition to the strong emphasis we
place on professional development, we offer
competitive salaries and excellent benefit packages
to all of our employees.
opportunities at Taj Housing Architect Ltd. exist on
almost every level and in markets throughout the
United States. From our corporate office in Mumbai,
MD to our regional offices, we hope you will
consider furthering your career with us. Our current
job openings are posted for your convenience, or you
may contact us via e-mail, telephone or postal mail
for more information.
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designated fax number listed for the area.
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