Young, Determined, but No Authority

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Young, Determined, but No Authority

Posted by Christian Parker on Feb 5, 2019 10:11 am

myASQ Community,

Hi. my name is Christian Parker. I received my 1st job at a chemical plant as a chemist/lab tech and a ISO9001 consultant (due to the untimely event of the company's old QA leader demise).

It's wonderful to be lead auditor certified, or else I would not have gotten this job (tons of lab techs applied, I was the only one who knew of ISO). 

I have had training, and am well educated (as I graduated magna cum laude with an honors science degree); but I'm not 100% familiar with all the processes, since I've only been here 3 months. A lot of what they do here is "old-school" (all paper-work filed on paper v. online, 45/50 of the employees at the small plant are at least 50-60+ years old) and I have a few questions I'd like to ask as I work my up to QA leader for my end goal of improving the company's QMS as we continue to maintain registration.

Nice to meet you all!




Re: Young, Determined, but No Authority

Posted by Cynthia Nazario on Feb 5, 2019 11:27 am

Welcome, Christian Parker‍!
Product Owner

Re: Young, Determined, but No Authority

Posted by Trish Borzon on Feb 6, 2019 1:47 pm

Hey Chris - Welcome!   Ask on the Standards Discussion board. 

Also - you might find the ASQTV Quality Standards channel helpful

Good Luck!  

Re: Young, Determined, but No Authority

Posted by Amanda Foster on Feb 11, 2019 9:33 am

Welcome Christian Parker‍! I was in a similar boat a few years back. Keep us posted.
Amanda Foster, ASQ CQA

Re: Young, Determined, but No Authority

Posted by Denise Story on Feb 18, 2019 1:20 pm

Hi Christian:
Welcome to the community. I think most of us have been in a similar situation as yours during our careers. I know I sure was. In my 20's and asked to job shadow and document senior employee's duties while training them to the latest technology of that time. Now, I am the senior employee who can't even pretend to know what the younger generation knows about technology. I don't even try. I let them know that I need their help. I offer my years of experience in exchange for their wealth of knowledge about computers and different software programs. My counterpart is 23 years old and she is who I was at that age. Young, determined and with no authority. My best advise is to be patient with your senior employees and gracious as they embrace you as their new QA leader. Don't be afraid to let them know that you aren't the SME of their jobs. When you allow them to share who they are with you, you will be granted opportunity to share who you are and how you can help them as the subject matter expert in your own area of knowledge. Three months isn't enough time to see into all of the great opportunities that await you. I wish well and am more than happy to share my advise with you if you need it.
Good day,
Denise Story