How to Request Training and Professional Development from Your Employer

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As an employee, there are several steps you can take to request professional development from your employer:

  1. Identify your professional development needs: Consider what skills or knowledge you would like to develop and how they will benefit you and the company. Review your career goals and performance expectations noted in your annual review. Research the courses or training programs available and identify those that meet your needs.
  2. Schedule a meeting with your manager: Request a meeting with your manager to discuss your professional development goals and the training opportunities available. Be clear about what you hope to gain from the training and how it will benefit your role and the company.
  3. Provide a business case: Prepare a business case that outlines the benefits of the training, including how it will improve your performance, increase productivity, and benefit the company overall. This will help your manager understand the value of the investment and increase the likelihood of approval.  Put this proposal in terms of dollars and the return on their investment (ROI).
  4. Be flexible: Be open to alternative training options, such as online courses or webinars, if in-person training is not available or feasible. Also, be willing to work with your manager to schedule the training at a time that works for both you and the company.
  5. Follow up: If your manager agrees to your request for professional development, make sure to follow up regularly and keep them informed of your progress. This will demonstrate your commitment to your professional development and the company's investment in your growth.

Remember that professional development is an ongoing process, and it's important to continue learning and developing new skills throughout your career. By taking the initiative to request professional development, you can demonstrate your commitment to your job, increase your value to the company, and enhance your career prospects.

Looking for a training provider? Contact Dawn Monroe Training for more information.

About Dawn Monroe:

Dawn Monroe is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist Master (MOSM), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE), Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT), Certified Virtual Educator (CVE) and Certified Virtual Presenter (CVP).  She has a background of 30 years in the technical training industry.  Dawn enjoys connecting with individuals who are ready to learn. She translates technical concepts to encourage productivity and professional development.  Visit for more information.


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