Are you interested in enhancing your technical skills? Well, the company you work for just might be willing to pay for your classes. Many working professionals take part-time and full-time coding classes to improve their coding skills so they can be a better asset to their company and oftentimes, companies recognize the benefits.
The tricky part is the way to go about proposing that your company should pay for your classes. It’s actually easier than you might think. By taking a coding class, you are showing that you’re motivated to add to the success of your company. After all, what’s a business without tech savvy employees? Below, we have outlined a few ways to convince your company to pay for your classes.
- Know your company’s guidelines.
Check your employee handbook to see what the guidelines are for training. Some companies don’t have a policy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t support training. They may just have a limited budget. Be prepared with questions about your company's training budget and ask if other employees have received training reimbursement in the past.
- Find the Right Training Program.
Do your research! Find a few schools and programs that offer the classes you want to take. Make sure to pick a class that teaches the technologies your company uses. Compare prices of the different programs and be prepared to present those prices to your manager. Also, compile information about the curriculum, duration of the classes, class schedule and deadlines to register.
- How will this benefit your company?
Build your case and have a prepared explanation of how coding skills will contribute to your current role. List the possible ROI’s for your company. Below are a few examples:
- Complete tasks more efficiently
- Ability to effectively communicate to team of developers
- Train your coworkers on your new found skills
- Take on more responsibilities
- Generate more revenue for your company
- Send your request in an email.
Sending an email request will allow you to strategically pitch your request. Afterwards, you can meet with your boss to negotiate.
- Make a commitment to your company.
Since your company is paying for your training, make a verbal or written commitment that you’ll stay with the company for a certain amount of time after the training.
Find a class to present to your boss.