Training is an important part of employee development and most managers recognize this. At the same time, most managers have a budget to which they need to adhere.

Next time you request training, do yourself, your manager, and your company a favor by articulating the reasons for this training. To reduce misunderstanding and ambiguity, state your case in writing. Be explicit about what you are requesting. This may include time away from work, training fees, and travel expenses.

Your statement should answer as many of the following questions as you  can:

  • How will this training benefit your ability to complete your current project or an upcoming project? How will this training benefit the company or department?
  • How does this training align with your career goals?
  • How much will the training cost? How much time will you need to miss from my regular assignments? Do you plan to make up this time? Do you plan to take vacation for the missed time?
  • If the training is out of town, is similar training available locally? If so, why is the out-of-town training preferable.
  • If your company provides "free" training resources, what does this training provide that is not available in those resources?

Generally, managers are supportive of training for their employees. Help them make the decision easier by clearly stating a case for your training.

Note: This blog post was inspired by a recent conversation with career counselors at the Sogeti Minneapolis office.