Hi all, Thank you in advance for your responses. I recently graduated with my bachelors in Chemistry (December) and was gainfully employed immediately thereafter (Early January) by company X. I am seeking advice as to the order in which I should pursue certifications and post Bachelor degrees. It is not a matter of what I should get, but rather a: what order would be recommended question. My current job is labeled Chemist 1 with the following job duties: -Oversee and improve the development and implementation of production of certain chemical compounds. -Manage said production facility if the supervisor is not in. -Attend meetings and sit on boards and contribute to improving QA and QC of said process. -Prioritize production and oversee chemical operators -Approve changes to controlled process The job I want to get eventually is Production Supervisor with the following expectations/"wishlist": -Manage production in said facility -Continue and seek active ways to improve QA and QC by scrutinizing procedures for production -Hold meetings and sit on boards and contribute to improving QA and QC of said process. -Prioritize production and oversee chemical operators and Chemists -Approve changes to controlled process -Apply ISO9001 and Black Belt Certification to improve process (Needs >/= 5 years relevant experience, preferred to have a master's and certifications but relevant degrees/certification can be substituted for experience) The certifications I want to get: ISO-9001 Black Belt Certification The advanced degrees I want to get: MBA (emphasis unknown but leaning towards straight management or finance) PhD Chemical Engineering ___________________________________________________________________________________ I have passively talked to my direct supervisor about continuing my education and it has been suggested that they would be supportive of me continuing my education. Said company contributes towards your school expenses if planned on a given track. The Black Belt Certification would cost about $5000 to attend courses and be able to take the exams to get the certification. The ISO-9001 certification I am not sure how long that will take and how much it will cost. I plan on getting the other degrees online (~$4000 per semester) as they are more flexible and I would be able to build up a reputation within the company showing company while getting the degrees. The learning curve for the job is high and I am starting to get more serious with a girl (I would like at least four years before children). Those are my only time constraints currently. I was thinking of the following flow diagram for my career: Black Belt Cert (Fall 2014) --> ISO Cert. (Spring 2015) --> MBA (2015-2017) --> (Passively ChemE PhD) Suggestions? Are there certifications that I am missing that could be helpful? What MBA subsection should I specialize in?