Approaching your employer - six tips
1. Identify the help you might need.
Work out how much the course will cost you - course fees, examination fees, the cost of extra revision classes, textbooks and so on.
You might need some time off for examinations, or permission to study after hours.
Help might also include the opportunity to work on projects that can be used as part of an assignment or dissertation.
2. Look up your firm's policies for sponsorship.
Your employer might offer a 'flexible benefits package'. Several large employers offer sponsorship as a staff benefit.
It is also important to understand how your organisation identifies learning needs. For example, if you have annual appraisals, you might want to introduce the idea of further study at these meetings.
3. Develop the business case.
It is likely that your company will only consider contributing if you present a business case.
This needs to demonstrate a measurable benefit to the organisation and how your learning meets both your aspirations and any needs identified with your manager.
Our templates are a useful starting ground, regardless of which programme you wish to study.