Do enough re­search be­fore ask­ing your boss about fund­ing for your stud­ies

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WON­DER­ING how to ap­proach your boss about fund­ing your stud­ies? Start by do­ing your home­work. If you’re go­ing to ask for fund­ing for your pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, make sure you’ve done your re­search first.

You need to be able to jus­tify ex­actly why your se­lected course is the best op­tion for you, and how this will im­prove your per­for­mance at work or pos­i­tively im­pact the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

If you need some guid­ance, call the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion to as­sist you with in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the course and its ca­reer im­pact. Do this be­fore ap­proach­ing your boss.

Next, check if your company has any tu­ition as­sis­tance poli­cies or train­ing funds avail­able.

Your HR depart­ment should be able to an­swer this and give you in­struc­tions on how to go about ap­ply­ing for fund­ing support.

If not, you’ll need to present your boss with a per­sua­sive ar­gu­ment as to why the company should con­trib­ute to your stud­ies.

Ex­plain tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to your or­gan­i­sa­tion. Do some think­ing around how the skills you would learn through the course will di­rectly im­prove a process or as­pect of the or­gan­i­sa­tion that clearly needs im­prov­ing.

Ask your­self the fol­low­ing ques­tions: How will the course you choose com­ple­ment your cur­rent role? How will learn­ing th­ese new skills pos­i­tively in­flu­ence your work per­for­mance?

At the end of the day, it’s all about the bot­tom line. Think of ways where you might be able to show sav­ings and a higher qual­ity of work as a re­sult of the course you in­tend do­ing.

Make a list of the ways that your or­gan­i­sa­tion, and par­tic­u­larly your team or col­leagues, will ben­e­fit from your new skills:

You will add in­creased value to your team, driv­ing a more in­no­va­tive and pro­fes­sional ap­proach to your work and em­pow­er­ing those around you with new in­sights and knowl­edge;

You will be able to take on new projects and gen­er­ate ad­di­tional rev­enue for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, ei­ther through of­fer­ing a new ser­vice or in­creas­ing ef­fi­ciency;

You’ll be able to in­tro­duce up-to-date meth­ods and adopt the lat­est in­dus­try tools and knowl­edge to en­sure the company is op­er­at­ing in line with best prac­tice;

In some cases, you’ll be able to take on a strong lead­er­ship or man­age­ment role, where it is needed; and

You can men­tor new em­ploy­ees, and train your team mem­bers with your new skills.

After you’ve done your re­search, send your boss an e-mail or set up a meet­ing to dis­cuss your pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

To show your boss that you’re re­ally se­ri­ous about your pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, you could sug­gest con­tribut­ing a por­tion of the course costs out of your salary.

This proves you are con­vinced that this is a highly valu­able in­vest­ment, and could prompt your boss to pay in full. I take my ca­reer at COMPANY NAME very se­ri­ously and would like to dis­cuss my pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with you.

I have done a sub­stan­tial amount of re­search around po­ten­tial train­ing op­tions that would be good for me, and add to the pool of skills in our team.

I be­lieve that COURSE NAME would im­pact both my ca­reer and the or­gan­i­sa­tion pos­i­tively and would like to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of COMPANY NAME as­sist­ing with the course fees.

The course is COURSE NAME. I’m in­ter­ested in this course be­cause:

I strongly be­lieve that th­ese skills are ex­tremely rel­e­vant to my job re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and learn­ing th­ese skills would im­prove my per­for­mance and out­put.

The course is prac­ti­cal and in­dus­try-aligned, which At the end, it’s a great in­vest­ment for both of you.

Claire Jow­ell writes on be­half of GetS­marter, an on­line ed­u­ca­tion company.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.GetS­ will al­low me to have an im­me­di­ate im­pact on the work I do on a day-to-day ba­sis.

I want to master the most up-to-date tools and prac­tices in this field, so that I can foster an in­no­va­tive and com­pet­i­tive ap­proach to our work.

I would like to bring for­ward rec­om­men­da­tions and sug­ges­tions to our work pro­cesses to en­sure con­tin­ual im­prove­ment and boost our or­gan­i­sa­tion’s per­for­mance.

This course will in no way in­ter­fere with my usual work and per­for­mance. IN­STI­TU­TION NAME ac­cred­its it, so there is no ques­tion about the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion I would re­ceive in ac­quir­ing th­ese new skills.

I would be happy to keep you up­dated with what I am learn­ing through­out the course and share my knowl­edge with our team, per­haps in a se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions, to en­sure COMPANY NAME re­ceives max­i­mum ben­e­fit from my new learn­ings. Please let me know when would be a con­ve­nient time to chat. Kind re­gards YOUR NAME

CA­REER BOOST: Make sure you jus­tify how the course you choose will com­ple­ment your cur­rent role and how learn­ing th­ese new skills would pos­i­tively in­flu­ence your work per­for­mance.

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