Ask Your Manager for Training

It's rare to find a company that is eager to give you the financing and time for professional development. Yet, professional training will help you do a better job in your current role and make you a stronger asset with outside-of-the-box ideas and new methods and processes to perform them.


  1. Figure out what type of professional training is best for you and also yields strong benefits for the company. Brainstorm ways that workshop or online course could benefit the company while adding valuable skills or certifications to your resume that would eventually place you closer to a promotion or a job at your dream company.
  2. Get specific about these benefits in order to justify the cost of training in your manager's eyes. Exactly how will taking time out of doing the job you were hired to do be of benefit to the company in the short and long term.
  3. When approaching your manager, be sure that you're already doing a great job in the roles you were assigned. Make sure you've already taken initiative in your company to learn new things and benefit from the knowledge of mentors and colleagues.
  4. Make a business case for the training that takes into account the cost and time that your employer will lose while selling them the real benefits that your increased skills will bring to the organisation. Don't forget to include any benefits such as networking opportunities and certification.
  5. Learn from rejection. If your employer is unwilling to budget the company's resources to your training, listen to their concerns. This will help you approach them again better able to handle their objections.