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CAREER CORNER BY DENISE WRESTLER Look Before You Leap Analyze risk before accepting a new career opportunity IMAGINE TWO RECENT graduates aspir- takes a riskier path. One decides to invest Acknowledge your own work habits ing to join the world of quality. One of the in the slow-and-steady method, while the when considering an organization's work- graduates starts out as a lab technician and other opts for a higher-stakes, quicker- place environment and structure. Some works tirelessly to climb the corporate lad- returns approach. may find that it is more important to work der at a prestigious organization. Determining not only where you want for a large organization with specific, to go in your career, but also how you outlined responsibilities. Others may find conservative views and, just like his father want to get there, is important to consider more satisfaction working for a smaller and his father before him, believes that when given an opportunity to change organization that allows them more op- staying within the safety of one organiza- jobs. portunity to explore different skills and be He grew up under more traditional, tion will eventually pay off. Despite some Everyone considering a job change a critical team player. ups and downs during his time at the should perform their own risk analysis organization, he ultimately becomes the by identifying the characteristics of the ing whether to accept a new opportunity vice president of quality. opportunity and comparing them against is to research the potential employer. the current situation. Important factors Reported earnings, mergers and acquisi- entry-level position, decides to leave to include salary and job title, as well as tions, even word-of-mouth reviews are join another, less-stable organization. He things relevant to your overall happiness, tools you can use to background check an believes that success comes from taking such as time commitments and physical organization. risks, and that moving to a seemingly bet- requirements. The other graduate, exhausted by his Reach out to contacts and connections on LinkedIn, use other social media tools ter opportunity is worth the risk of leaving his current, unfulfilling position. After several years of job-hopping, gain- One of the most crucial steps of decid- Personalized approach and dig out as much dirt on an organiza- To begin a risk analysis, identify your tion as you can before joining a new team. ing experience and a robust background, three most important factors and make Simply viewing an organization's orga- he too became a vice president of quality. the top two non-negotiable. In addition nizational chart can tell an untold story. A to flexibility, travel, commute, salary and top-heavy chart with far more managers title, also consider the work environment than engineers may suggest an inefficient Both graduates have successful careers. One decides to take a more conservative approach, while the other and other benefits. Consider the immediate and long-term impact of each factor. Is ment. Many years ago, a colleague of mine it more important that the organiza- accepted a director of quality assurance tion has inexpensive health insur- position at a prestigious organization on a ance or tuition reimbursement? For whim. Within her first week, she learned the recent undergraduate considering graduate school, that her dream job came with nightmare costs. tuition reimbursement Her specific location had received a could overcome the warning letter from the U.S. Food and benefit of cheap Drug Administration (FDA) identifying a medical coverage. mess that she would be responsible for Five years, a master's cleaning up. In this instance, perform- degree and a wife later, however, he may find that his priorities have shifted. 52 QP * www.qualityprogress.com organization and a chaotic work environ- ing a search on the FDA's website would have given her the insight necessary to be prepared for her new job. http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - July 2016

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
A Quick Study
Clear Pathway
Pulling It All Together
Dead or Alive
Innovation Imperative
Measure for Measure
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Standards Outlook
ASQ's Continuing Education and Profesional Development Directory
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea
Back to Basics

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