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    Yadav
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    Stan, I am seeking your guidance. Are you still out there?

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    #185922

    Mikel
    Member

    Yes, I am out here in warm and sunny Florida.

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    #185924

    Yadav
    Member

    That is great. It is windy here in PA but the sun is out.
    I was told that I should seek your advice about how to go about training on my own for Six Sigma. I am really interested in a Black Belt. I don’t have a lot of money. My husband was laid off from GM 2 weeks ago. I just finished my Masters in Computer Info Systems in June and it seems to hold no weight with my present company. I have worked for United Health since 2003 and each degree I have obtained over the past 7 years has not allowed me to reach my goal. My goal is to work as a project manager and up until recently I wanted to be the PM of our Go Green team and focus all my efforts on getting rid of the paper. You wouldn’t believe how much paper just my department wastes. I currently analyze the data. From our letters database to our EOBs. We send out paper to providers and members to simply say “Hi.” Stupid. Anyway, since obtaining my masters only got me a flower delivery and a congrats followed up by a paranoid call about what my future plans were and was I leaving, I had to sit down and rethink what the heck am I doing devoting all my time to this company that devotes nothing to me? I want to be loyal but I feel I should be loyal to myself first. So…..I want to obtain my Six Sigma cert because I have seen hundreds of jobs that are all in PM that says…Black Belt certification a plus. Funny how none of the jobs say anything about a Masters. They do ask for a Bachelors. I start my PhD program Jan 2010. And management instead of saying that is great, we can really get your where you want to go then, it is so are you leaving? We have a very high attrition rate and it is because we are numbers and not people. And every year we have the ridiculous survey about how happy are you working for United? And they get the same results everytime. Seems a waste to me. Another program I would love to abolish. If you are not utilizing the results to better your company in the eyes of your employees then why are you wasting their time; your time and the survey companies time? Every year we get horrible results for pay; benefits and growth. No one takes advantage of our tuition program because the rules are ridiculous. They make it so you can’t take advantage of the program. That is the reason I have been looking for other jobs for about 6 months now. The only reason I have remained loyal this long is because I get to work from home so that is a huge advantage. But when I tell my inlaws who both work at Microsoft my pay they just look at me like I am crazy. Neither of them have an Associates degree but both are above 100k per year working at MS. The only certification that one of them have is an MCSE. The other inlaw I very intelligent and I think she got in simply because her husband is so well respected. But she has proved herself on the job time and time again. She is now one of the managers of the Access team. Anyway….they just feel that my education and experience doesn’t meet my job description or my pay and I agree. I just want to make myself more marketable and feel a Black Belt will do that for me. But as I stated, my husband is laid off so money is tight. GM moved us here to PA, a very high taxed state so my house payment is 2k per month. I live in a normal home it is just I pay 700 a month in property tax. Nuts huh? So any advice you have would be very appreciated. I don’t think my college offers Six Sigma training. I am waiting to hear back on that. When I posted my first question, someone responded about student loans and I thought to myself if that is the only means you have to educate yourself, then why on earth wouldn’t you do it? Some people have to do it that way if they want to get ahead in life. Thanks for you time and hope the weather stays nice and doesn’t get too hot. I used to live in Jacksonville so I know how hot it can get.

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    #185925

    Mikel
    Member

    Not the best discussion to have online.Send me an email to [email protected] and I’ll get several people to
    weigh in on this.Bottom line is there are some great companies looking for smart
    motivated people.What is your husband’s background?

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    #185926

    MrMHead
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    I’m not Stan .. but ….
    .. and hindsight is 20/20 ….If you wanted to stay with your current employer and advance or move within the co. – why wouldn’t you have asked them what will get you closer to your goals before you went for these other degrees or certs?We have an in-house BB Cert program. BEFORE I went into it I talked to them about After. There were no guarantees, but at least there was a directional guide. And while I was in the program I kept in close contact with my sponsor – as that was the person to place / recommend me for my next position. I am not dis-pleased with where I am at now. Sure, grass could always be greener – but that green could also just be painted dead grass!You have a PhD program lined up and are now looking at BB. Do you know of someone that is specifically looking for that? If so, do they know you are looking at them?Good Luck

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    #185932

    Schuette
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    Tina – United Health has a six Sigma program, so why don’t you start there?  UH is a large company, so I bet they have a mentor program – if your boss isn’t any help, how about a mentor.  Also standard in large companies is a “Women at UH….” group.  Sine you are a woman, have you reached out to your women in business group at work?
    Since you said that you received a call asking if you were thinking of leaving, your company obviously has internal mechanisms for employee retention.  I’d make sure you have exhausted all internal options – certainly with all of the Heathcare change coming, I am sure that UH would rather have you working on improving their systems using SS – you just need to find the right door in your current company.  Plus, you have the added baggage of owning a house that is most likely underwater, making it harder to find a job with relo that can get you out of that house – best if you can get into the SS program at UH.

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