As documented by Maria Camila Iacono
Losing my job in 2020 allowed me to consider and redirect my career. Sure, the pandemic was a factor, but there were personal reasons for leaving as well. While working as a research and development chemical engineer with Sugaright, I realized I lacked certain skills that would be useful in my field, namely Lean Six Sigma, which is used extensively in production, research, and innovation.
I am skilled as a multilingual chemist with professional experience with palm oil biofuels and liquid sugar. I have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Minnesota. After departing Sugaright in August 2020, I enrolled in Simplilearn’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Course. The course teaches project leadership techniques and how to interpret data using risk management, process mapping, and benchmark setting.
My experience was amazing. After receiving my certification from Simplilearn in Lean Management, I was awarded a new job with a major cosmetics company in January 2021, with a 20 percent salary increase. I have also been able to solve problems at work with the help of the skills I acquired during my course. Specifically, because so many products are coming in, we had issues with space management. I learned the 5s methodology during the course, based on a Japanese method of organizing, cleaning, developing, and sustaining a productive work environment. I applied 5s to our product space problem and managed the whole process.
Seeking larger opportunities
I realized I needed to upskill while working as a processing engineer at Sugaright. I wanted to learn Lean Six Sigma , which is very useful and has become necessary to prosper in my field. It is something that we chemical engineers use for quality control and management. I wanted a Lean Six Sigma certification on my resume since I was also looking for a better position in a larger city. My previous job was in Philadelphia, but New York is a hub of opportunities, and I wanted to shift my focus there. Once I left my job at Sugaright, I had time to upskill.