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    Tim
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    Hi: All
    I am a recent graduate in Mechanical Engineeing. I decide to become a consultant of Six Sigma for my career’s goal. I make my goal in the next five years.
    The first year : FE exam
    The third year: PE exam, The cetificate of Applied Statistics, ASQ QE exam.
    The fifth year: ASQ six sigma certificate.
     
    Will these plans meet my future career goal? Any better suggestion? Thanks advance! I am really appreciate all help!

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    #93595

    Anonymous
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    Tim,
    Believe me….just taking exams and getting certificates is not enough…you need solid experience in six sigma application.  The actual concepts themselves are not that difficult.  The hard part is the culture changes that are required to really become a “six sigma” organization.
    Please keep this in mind…

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    #93596

    Hemanth
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    Hi Tiim
    Its good that you have started thinking about what you wish to do in life. My suggestion, do some more research as to what you enjoy doing because thats what will make you a happier person and I feel nothing can be more important than being a happier person at the end of the road. Also, I am not sure if you could get ASQ CQE certification in the second year of working they have a min 4 yrs of experience requirement.
    Thirdly, I feel quality is a field where you see initiatives of the decade and today its six sigma. Nobody can be sure if six sigma would be around 10-15 yrs down the line. It may be replaced by a new initiative.
    further, this is what I feel six sigma can make you a better manager or worker, I look at it more as an additional skill. So it should not be your life time goal to be a six sigma consultant. You / others might defer with me on this. This is just a personal opinion of mine.
    Finally, it is your decision to take or not take the road which is in front of you, others can only tell you pro;’s and con’s of taking the path.
    Hope this was helpful..

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    #93605

    hestatis
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    Tim,
    I sincere advice. Do not have high hopes of having career in this area of consultancy. After five years, the competition in this itself will be more than your domain area. You will find better scope and satisfaction in mechanical engineering or management sciences than this.
    Not discouraging, but please focus on your domain area and you may come out with wonders/innovations that will give you more.
    Alternatively, you may think of P.hd in Quality and not Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
    Good Luck!

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    #93609

    Tim
    Member

    Thanks a lot for all response. I am really appreciate.
    I got a PhD in Mechancial Engineering. When I discussed this issue with one professor before my graduation, he gave me the similar suggestion. He is doing research in Six Sigma for the past 4 or 5 years and felt that it’s very difficult to get fundings because he just focused on Six Sigma. As a result he maybe can’t get his tenure in the end of this year.
    Thanks again. It’s really value for me to get suggestions from experts.

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    #93612

    Mike Carnell
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    Tim,
    You might want to take a QFD approach to your plans. Do a little work and determine what a person hiring a consultant would look for in a consultant and then determine if your plan will create a person that will fullfill that description. If your plan satisfies what your QFD identified you need to do the QFD over. That is rework and is not a good start for a Six Sigma consultant.
    You also need to decide if you are going to do this independently or working for yourself. Working for yourself is an entirely different deal. You will be spending at least 30% of your time on billing, marketing, sales calls, etc. which are probably not consistent with the reasons you got a Phd in Mechanical Engineering. 
    My personal opinion is you have mental image of walking in and throwing all your certificates on the table and having people swoon to hear what you have to say. If you believe that is what will happen you need to re-read the post by Anonymous.
    Good luck.

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