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    S.T.
    Member

    I am a non-traditional graduate student completing an MHA (Master of Health Adminstration) degree. I say non-traditional because I was a stockbroker before completing my undergraduate degree and enrolling in graduate school. This fall I will be certified as a Black Belt in Six Sigma through ASQ, and wonder how difficult it is to land a good job (in healthcare or otherwise) with limited experience implementing six sigma. Any advice on how to best position myself to “break in?” Thank you.

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    #62388

    HC MBB
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    Most Lean Sigma professionals would agree that experience and results are MUCH more desirable than a certification alone.  My advice is that you look for a job based on your MHA alone, and then apply the tools you have learned when you get there.  If you can be your own Champion, Process Owner and BB, you’ll have a great chance to succeed and achieve those results!
    Cheers

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    #62390

    S.T.
    Member

    Thank you for responding to my question. I am always curious as to the background of individuals who respond to these discussions boards. What is your background/experience, and are you in a position to recommend an organization that I could contact to obtain some experience implementing six sigma? Also, you mentioned becoming my own process owner, champion, etc. How does upper management view individuals who desire to do this? (I know how important “buy-in” is in upper management) Please advise.
    Best, S.T.
     

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    #62406

    Eddie
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    I became a BB over 2 years ago. Prior to this position, I had no previous SS experience or knowledge of SS. I was hired because of my demonstrated organizational and project management skills as well as successfully working with teams on process improvements. At the time, I had a bachelor in Information & Operations Management-MIS with a minor in Accounting. I have since graduated with a MBA.
    Best wishes

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    #62407

    S.T.
    Member

    Thanks for your response Eddie. Can you give me an idea of what starting salaries are like (or at least a “ballpark” figure)?

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    #62408

    Sinnicks
    Participant

    I agree with the previous poster in that experience trumps certification every time.  As an MBB in the healthcare industry with a background in engineering, I typically look for either seasoned BB’s or new BB’s with a healthcare background since they are familiar with many of the processes.  I would recommend seeking a position that utilizes the skills obtained through your MHA and your background and applying the BB tools on improving processes in your own department as sort of a demonstartion project.  If the organization has a formalized Six Sigma program, involve them so that upon your successful project outcome a new door may be opened for you.

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    #62410

    Hill
    Member

    Interesting discussion. So any recommendations for how someone who is a certified MBB in functions outside healthcare could get into the healthcare industry?

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    #62412

    HC MBB
    Participant

    Sorry, no secret passage here…
    The way I did it was to watch the monster and careerbuilder boards for quality or process improvement keywords.  Many hospitals would prefer candidates with healthcare experience but there are very few individuals with that experience and the MBB credentials.  If you can articulate a successful track record in transactional/service projects and can talk Lean as well or better than Six Sigma, then you should have a good chance…
    Good Luck

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