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Jumpstart Your Career With These 5 Benefits of Quality Management

You have knowledge, skills, and experience in your current position, but you would like to set yourself apart from your peers, and get noticed for the value that you can add to your current, or prospective organization.

What makes you stand out from the crowd? You work hard – but lots of people work hard – and put in those extra hours and effort to get things done! Unfortunately, work ethic alone is not going to boost your career in a significant way, and in an accelerated time frame.

You dream of building a successful career that allows you the freedom to grow and explore new opportunities. You hope that one day you will be the person that people turn to for guidance and direction.

But right now, it seems like your career has reached a plateau, and has lost its forward momentum, or you are just not happy in your current situation and require change, or a fresh start.

Sound on the mark? Guess what — there are ways to add to your skill set, and experiences without taking unnecessary career risks or interfering with your current position.

In fact, your employer may even be open to footing the bill for relevant training if you show added value to the organization as a result!

Let me share with you 5 extremely valuable, but under explored, benefits of quality management, and how, by adding basic quality training, tactics, and frameworks to your existing professional expertise, it can help to elevate your career in ways you may have never considered.

The benefits highlighted in this post are not some generic or hypothetical possibilities. I have developed this list from my own first hand experiences and professional endeavors. I have advanced and diversified my own career by augmenting my existing expertise with quality management based skills and proficiencies, and I am confident that they can work for you as well.

Quality management professionals operate in a variety of functions such as – process and systems management, quality assurance and control, supply chain management, risk management, and business improvement – just to name a few.

Any of these quality functions, when added to your current skill set, would be a huge asset to current or prospective employers, or to your own entrepreneurial endeavors.

So with that said – Here are 5 career benefits of quality management, when added to your current skill set:

Benefit #1: Learn valuable management strategies, and the mechanics of how companies operate.


It is puzzling to me that more is not made of the personal career advantages, and knowledge gained from performing procedural assessments, audits, and other quality management related functions.

Procedural assessments of supplier, manufacturing, repair/overhaul facilities, corporate head offices, or internal departments and satellite operations, are a gold mine for acquiring priceless insights on the mechanics of business, and management processes.

Lets look at it from an academic view point. While enrolled in a business program or studying towards an MBA, you were offered the chance to evaluate an established organization from within, ask extremely valuable and pointed questions to people in key positions regarding process development, implementation and monitoring.

What would you say? Of course you would jump at the chance!

This is exactly the kind of access, and learning potential that is available when performing quality audits, and assessments.

There is an abundance of practical knowledge to be gained, whether you are performing an assessment of a product assembly line, or breaking down the procedures that make up a corporate risk management process.

Now, of course, it goes without saying that there are ethical responsibilities to consider here, and the integrity of the audit process, and the trust, and respect of the organization being assessed must be maintained at all times.

All specifics regarding corporate, tactical business processes, and proprietary information are to be kept in strict confidence, and not to be copied, or shared.

But one cannot help but grow professionally from the exposure to this type of environment, and experience.

Benefit #2: Do you love the idea of business travel, getting away from the office, and getting the guided tour of some interesting organizations?

Do you enjoy traveling for business? Does the thought of visiting various locations, and organizations, both domestically and internationally, sound like an intriguing career option?

I love to travel! I am not particular on the location, or even the method of transportation. I am happy to jump in my car to attend a meeting on the other side of town, or board a flight to another continent to visit a vendor or affiliate organization.

I enjoy the variety it adds to my regular routine, and the experience I gain regardless of the significance – every instance holds a degree of value, and I feel I walk away having grown professionally from each experience.

Through my career in quality management, I have had the fortunate opportunity to experience some amazing locations, shared knowledge with an assortment of businesses, and in those travels have made some invaluable contacts, and friends.

I realize that frequent business travel is not for everyone, and depending on the area, or function of quality management one might focus on, will largely dictate the frequency of travel required – if at all.

As a Vendor/Supplier Assessor, or Lead Auditor for a certifying, or regulatory body you may spend a large portion of your time in transit.

In the case of a Corporate Internal Auditor, Quality Coordinator, or Manager, frequent travel may not be a part of the job description.

The beauty of a career in quality is that you can take the direction that best suits your lifestyle.

Benefit #3: Increase your earning potential, and professional marketability to potential employers or within your current organization.

Who wouldn’t like to boost their ability to earn more, and provide additional value to their organization, or become more appealing to prospective employers?

By taking steps to improve, and enhance your skill set, you not only shine a light on yourself as a viable candidate for career growth, but also become more self confident that your perceived value is justified.

Its no secret that developing, and expanding your expertise, and increasing your level of professional knowledge, are major factors in determining your earning potential.

Yet so many people sit back and rely on the merits of their existing skill set, or education, and hope that by achieving a certain level of ‘time on the job’ will equate to higher pay, and advancement.

But why wait around for the years to add up before pursuing your career objective.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, quality management proficiency can easily be added to your existing skill set without interruption to your current position, or career function, and with minimal financial impact when compared to other alternatives.

And with that added knowledge, and expertise brings career dexterity, and value. This translates into better positioning in terms of advancement, and earning potential.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say that once you take a few quality related courses, or acquire an auditor certification, you are instantly going to have businesses throwing bags of cash your way, or opening up a corner office, and an executive parking stall!

This is not a realistic view, and one I would not try to falsely claim, but if you make a game plan for your career advancement, and develop your skill set in a systematic way, you will be setting yourself up for future success.

Benefit #4: Seamless transition between diverse industries, or positions.

Industry diversity is a very valuable professional advantage, and one that can provide career opportunities that might never have been possible otherwise.

Many people have the misconception that due to their academic background, or career experience, they are pigeon-holed in their current career, or position.

What many fail to realize is that the education, skills, and experiences acquired over the course of ones career, to this point, are far more valuable, and transferable than you might think.

As is the case with quality management tactics, and processes, you will find that many of the principles remain the same across all industry sectors.

You may find yourself at a career crossroads, but as a quality management professional, you will become well equipped with skills, and proficiency that transcend industries.

There is growing long term demand for quality management professionals across all industry sectors, and can be adapted to all organizations, regardless of type, size and product/service provided.

This professional flexibility allows you the freedom to go where the opportunities are.

Of course, there will be technical aspects of the new position that you will not be proficient in, and industry jargon to familiarize yourself with, but with the help of co-workers, management personnel, and daily participation, listening, and inquiry when necessary, you will develop this knowledge as you progress, and before long, your lack of industry specific experience will no longer be an issue.

I personally moved seamlessly from aviation to oil and energy, and just as seamlessly between technical operations, engineering, and construction – quality management is a truly transferable qualification!

Benefit #5: Follow your entrepreneurial spirit, and start your own consulting, or auditing business.

Becoming an entrepreneur is something that many people dream about. The freedom, and ability to develop, and nurture something that is truly your own, and not the result of someone else’s vision, is a very powerful possibility.

There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US, and over 22 million are self employed, with no additional payroll, or employees and 52% of those small businesses are home-based.

So the allure of being your own boss, making your own hours (within reason of course), and being accountable to yourself, and your valued clients is appealing to many.

If the risk associated with walking away from your current job to brave the entrepreneurial landscape is a little too great for your liking right now, there is also the option of starting up something on the side, to get your feet wet, and test the waters.

Many quality management professionals take this route, and become full, or part time entrepreneurs at some point in their careers. Because quality management so easily transcends industry boundaries, a quality professional could find endless opportunity, and client base, in order to offer their expertise.

Some examples of the direction a qualified quality management professional with an entrepreneurial spirit might take are:

  • Freelance Auditor – offering services for companies, or certifying bodies,
  • Training – developing, and administering training programs, and classes on quality, auditing, and management based material,
  • Consulting – helping organizations improve performance, and build foundations in the areas of quality, operational, and management principles.

These are just a small representation of the opportunities a quality professional could explore in the pursuit for professional independence.

So lets wrap this thing up!

As I stated earlier in this post, all of the benefits I have included here are a direct result of my own personal experiences, and I am confident that with an informed, and strategic approach to career advancement, anyone can take advantage of these benefits in just the same way.

Quality management has a lot to offer, as a dedicated career path, or just an added skill set to enhance your current position and professional expertise.


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