Want Your Employer To Sponsor Your Degree? These 5 Steps May Help!Posted: 18th of February 2015 by
With tuition fees being an obstacle to many who want to get a degree, wouldn’t it be nice if someone else paid them for you? Rather than getting into debt to pay for your studies you might want to see if your employer would consider paying the tab for you. of course, to get them on board it will take more than just walking up to your boss and asking them to shell out so you can study. There has to be something in it for them too, but with these five tips you might just be able to live the dream of getting your degree while your employer pays the bill.
1. Tell Your Employer Before You Get Started
Rather than signing up for your course and then asking your employer to pay for it, it is worth explaining your plans to your employer first. Breaking the ice by explaining that you plan to study for a degree will get the ball rolling. Of course, you will need to reassure them that your plans will not harm your work and ask if there is anything that you can do to make sure they are OK with your plans to study outside of work. This common courtesy will reflect well on you and show that you are still a dedicated and conscientious employee.
2. Explain How Your Studies Will Help Your Employer
The next step is to come up with ways in which you feel your employer will benefit from your degree course. Come up with a few ideas as to how your degree will help in your current work and also help them save or make money. The idea is to begin to show how their (hop[ed-for) investment in you will help them too.
3. Ask For Input From Your Employer
Rather than simply going ahead and registering for whichever course you want, it is worth making your employer feel like part of the program. Ask if there are any specific courses or topics that they feel would be beneficial to the company you work for. Your boss may be able to identify skills gaps in the company which your degree could help fill. This way, you will clearly demonstrate that your degree is not just for you – but that you are also thinking of the benefits to your employer. Let’s face it, they’re not going to want to pay for your course if it doesn’t help them too! Speak with them about your own skills and how they fit into their organisation – and also how these can be improved for the benefit of your work.
4. Keep Them Updated
Offer to keep your bosses updated as to your progress on the course, along with pointers as to how what you are learning is directly beneficial to your job or employer. If you can show that your learning is having an immediate positive impact on your performance at work they will be more likely to look kindly on your studies.
5. Focus On Your Real-Life Work In Your Studies
When you can, make sure to use real-life situations from your working life in your studies. Not only will it keep your education and work running in parallel, but it will also make it easier to show how your study is helping with your work when it comes to reporting back on your progress. You may even find that your boss decides that some of the plans from your course are worth using at work.
While these steps may not ensure that your employer is happy to pick up the bill for your degree, they will certainly give you a better chance of having your studies sponsored than just going ahead on your own. Even if they don’t pick up the full cost, your employer may be willing to help out with some of the fees.
Either way, it will stop you getting into a situation where your employer thinks that your studies are a pointless waste of your time and a distraction from your job!
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