Please Suggest Valuable Technical or ?motivational? Training Seminars, etc.

Mike S.

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Please Suggest Valuable Technical or “motivational” Training Seminars, etc.

I’ve been told by my boss that I should attend some training or seminars/conferences, etc. for “professional development” and to “sharpen the saw”. Technical or “motivational” stuff. I asked for suggestions but received none.

I don’t know when I’m supposed to have time to do this, but anyway…if I go I don’t want to waste my time. Can the esteemed Cove members make some recommendations of good quality (so to speak) training courses, seminars, conferences, to attend? I am currently a QE in aerospace mfg.

As always, thanks in advance for your help!
 
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Re: Please Suggest Valuable Training Seminars, etc.

I’ve been told by my boss that I should attend some training or seminars/conferences, etc. for “professional development” and to “sharpen the saw”. Technical or “motivational” stuff. I asked for suggestions but received none.

I don’t know when I’m supposed to have time to do this, but anyway…if I go I don’t want to waste my time. Can the esteemed Cove members make some recommendations of good quality (so to speak) training courses, seminars, conferences, to attend? I am currently a QE in aerospace mfg.

As always, thanks in advance for your help!
Your boss is focusing on the wrong aspect of "for “professional development” and to “sharpen the saw”.

You and s/he should focus on the results from the training which will benefit
  1. the organization
  2. your progression/advancement within the organization
As part of the focus, together you and the boss might have a frank discussion about any shortcomings (professional or social) s/he has noticed which may be affecting the organization and your chances for advancement within the organization.

Once you have an idea of the target, selecting courses and providers should be much easier.

I do not mean to infer you DO have shortcomings, merely that your boss may have such a perception.
 
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Craig H.

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Re: Please Suggest Valuable Training Seminars, etc.

Hi, Mike.

I don't know if you have any certifications, or if you are even interested in them, but if you don't have any certs and are interested, you have been around the quality "gig" for a while. Why not consider a refresher course for one of the ASQ Bodies of Knowledge and sit for an exam, if Wes' (excellent) suggestions don't work out?
 

Mike S.

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Re: Please Suggest Valuable Training Seminars, etc.

Points taken, Gents.

But I may be left on my own to suggest something. An ASQ cert was originally focused on a lot in my interview as a way they could tell if you really knew anything or not and I did/do not have one. But once they saw my work that focus has died way down, and right now with the number of hours I’m working I don’t have the time to commit to something long-term. For now, I think they’re thinking along the lines of a few-day kinda thing. I just don’t want to go to something on any subject that is poorly put together or a waste of time. For example, maybe there may be really good courses out there on GD&T or RC/CA, and there may be really crappy ones.
 
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Craig H.

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Ok, then.

I have been to several seminars on ISO given at Ga Tech. Our own Craig Cochran is one of their trainers. Some of their trainers were also involved as resource for the statewide ISO user group that I was a member of.

I have yet to attend one of their classes that was not well put together, and they are delivered by some top-notch trainers.

BTW, I did my undergrad work at the Univ. of GA, and the two schools are rivals. If what I said above was not true, you could not pay me enough not to gloat.
 
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