Training budgets are not as plentiful as it was a few years ago in IT, these days it has become more and more difficult to ask and convince your employer to pay for your expensive training class even if the ROI is lucrative for the company. At the same time, it is important to continuously upgrade your skills. To keep yourself abreast with the evolving technology and to remain relevant in IT you have to work towards it all the time. Technology can change before your eyes in a day’s time. Sometimes, keeping a clear goal in your mind and upgrading yourself to attain such goal keep you in your game instead of idling away your spare time.
It is quite intriguing to know that an IT professional faces vivid issues while asking their employer to sponsor their VMware Official training and certification cost. Oftentimes, we witness in IT/ career forums about how to ask your employer to pay for VMware Certified Professional course. These aspirants are not novices but experienced professionals in network/system administrators sometimes. The answer to such questions may not be an objective one, however rather more subjective. Here, you have to portray to your employer the benefits of attaining such credential for you and your company. This may require showing the expected increase in profits and company’s ROI upon attainment and how much it adds-up to the quality of the entire resource pool.
Justifying the cost of VMware training and certification is significant and should be well-thought of before you jump onto any abrupt confrontation with your training and development manager with your cause. Expert opinions of such question would always revolve around the facts that if one are convinced enough that they really deserve this sponsorship. One should always ask themselves few basic questions first, such as – if they are actually working on VMware or planning to use VMware technologies in near future. So, if you already have some VMware experience and if the company is using VMware servers then you may have a fair chance. Generally, the company hosts and migrate their physical server if professionals are willing to get themselves upgraded. If the company is not using VMware then there is no question that company is willing to get their employees VMware training.
The second question to ask yourself is how often it is required to make major changes to your VMware. And whether the company is hiring a third party to make these significant changes then you definitely need an in-house practitioner and trained person to handle such responsibilities. Also, if they hire a third party then how much they are (ballpark) spending per hour for their upgrades. These questions will give you clear picture whether or not the company is interested in paying you for your career upgrade. Additionally, you may also think about any significant changes or benefits that you may bring to your company, if you can solve and major issues and make system more efficient. Also, if there are other benefits to the list you need to check them out, as these benefits can fall in your favor, so give it a good amount of thought before you approach your concerned department.
Another hindrance that may come is to make them realize that you are not someone who may gain skills and leave the company for a better offer. Ask yourself if you are ready to guarantee your employer certain time period before you even look at other companies, also whether you are ready to impart training to your peers to reach the level that you have achieved.
So, overall the purpose is to make your employer see that it is a worthy investment. Besides, you need to be transparent and honest with them and yourself. Don’t over promise anything that you may not able to fulfill later.