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I would like to improve myself professionally by taking courses that would directly apply to my job. How do I persuade my company to pay for it?
Investing in its people can be every bit as productive for a company as investing in the latest technology. Indeed, companies as diverse as United Technologies Corp. and United Parcel Service of America Inc. have contributed millions to their workers' continuing education. With that in mind, here are some steps to convince your company that it should help you out.

First, find out if your company offers a tuition-reimbursement plan. Second, if it does, then all you need to do is apply for that benefit, which is usually handled through the human-resources department.

If your company doesn't offer such a benefit, however, I suggest preparing a proposal for your supervisor that explains why you need to take these classes, how much they cost, and what the benefit to the company will be for investing in your education.

But if your proposal is turned down, don't throw in the towel just yet. Consider taking the courses on your own dime and on your own time, if at all possible. Furthering your education will enhance your value to the company, as well as your self-confidence, and your sense of achievement. You may find that if your employer doesn't appreciate you taking the initiative to augment your skills, there are other businesses out there that certainly will.

Dan Lumpkin, organizational psychologist, is the president of management-consulting company Lumpkin & Associates in Fairhope, AL. Need answers? Email your career-related questions to askdan@exhibitormagazine.com.
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