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How to Ask Your Employer for Training

In this very competitive world, not many companies will cover your costs of training and certifications and also give you enough space for studying while being employed. Even when the employers agree to pay for the training, there are many conditions and limitations for getting it. Here are few things you need to keep in mind while asking your employer for training:

1. Get Inspired

At first you have to know what you want. You have to question yourself on why the training is needed. Jot down everything that you have in favor of attending any workshop or training. Also, try to find out the benefits to the company or organization if you get this certification. Find answers to specific questions like “will I perform better?”, “in what areas?”, “how will I stand out when I am certified?”

Think thoroughly about the company’s goals and objectives. Brush up your memory and try to remember your interview when you convinced the company why it means so much to you. You told them how dedicated and hardworking you will be once given the opportunity. Have the same sentiment and emotions while approaching your boss for a course or training.

2. Evaluate Yourself

Before asking your employer about the training makes sure that your performance is up to the bar and your employers are satisfied. If not, then plan and level up your performance. If there were projects that you led or where you performed extremely well, emphasize them in front of the employer so that they know how valuable you are to the company.

3. Calculate Costs and Time

This is the most important part. You have to understand your employer’s limits and how they will afford the training before asking. The same employers that might easily throw some extra cash for a week-long training might also turn down costly trainings that are month-long without giving it a thought.

Therefore, you have to match the interest level of both yourself and the company. If the company sees losses rather than benefits then they are not going to let you attend the training, let alone pay for it.

4. Be Realistic

When convincing your employer about the necessity of the training, be realistic. Point out the areas that will be improved once you have attended the training. Do not exaggerate. Try to make your absent time seem like an investment and not a loss. Prepare mentally to accept rejection. If you are rejected, consider their critique and bring changes where necessary. Then wait for the perfect opportunity to approach again.

5. Focus on the company’s benefit

If you talk too much about yourself explaining why you are motivated to get this course under your belt, the first thing your employers will think is of the money they are spending for your own personal benefit. You have to take the spotlight away from you and focus on the company. Tell your employers how completing this training will enable you generate more revenue for the company. Talk as if you care!

6. Practice makes everyone perfect

Obviously, have some practice in front of the mirror or some friends before going for the final approach. Always perfect your approach with practice. It never hurt anybody to have a little more practice before the final match. If you can tune your approach and focus on the company rather than yourself, you can snatch the moment. Your employer will be convinced and you will be given chance to attend the training.

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Last updated: 09 Nov 2020

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