I’ve wasted money on a course

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Health -

T hat is very un­for­tu­nate and I can see it’s both dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing. I pre­sume you’ve talked to them about it, which is how you know you can’t be re­funded. If the course is still go­ing and they feel they are do­ing a rea­son­able job, they might well main­tain it was your choice to leave and there­fore they weren’t re­spon­si­ble. If, how­ever, parts of it were can­celled, they’d need to look at a re­fund.

The chal­lenge here is to fo­cus on what you can learn from the sit­u­a­tion. As a man­ager in your present job or in any new po­si­tion, you’ll be faced at times with things that don’t go to plan. Ob­serve the or­gan­i­sa­tion you’re train­ing with and see where you think they’ve gone wrong; then make a note of how you’d do some­thing dif­fer­ently if you were run­ning the course. This will stand you in good stead if faced with an un­ex­pected change.

On top of that, ob­serve your fel­low par­tic­i­pants and think about what dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties might need.

You can also use this knowl­edge when you’re man­ag­ing staff. I know it’s not ideal but, if you gather your thoughts and ob­ser­va­tions, I think you’ll be sur­prised by how much you’ve learnt, al­beit it in a slightly un­ortho­dox way.

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