The easiest way for employees to get the training they want from their supervisors is for those employees to be working in jobs that fit in with their career goals. That is a win/win situation because the supervisors sponsor training that makes their employees more productive in their current jobs, and the employees also build knowledge and skills that will help them in their future careers.
Especially with employees just starting their careers, however, these employees might not yet be in careers that are in line with their career goals. Nevertheless, the supervisors want their employees to take the training that will make them more productive in their current jobs. The employees, however, want training that will be helpful and in line with their future career goals.
For example, an employee with a degree in business wants to start up her own business, but needs to save some money for startup costs. Thus, she is working for now as an accountant for a large business. She needs to look at all of the training recommended for employees in her position and find the training that will satisfy her supervisor and yet contribute toward her goal of owning and operating her own small business. Then, she needs to sell her supervisor on that training and explain how it will make her more productive in her current position. A course in computers, for example, could make her more productive both in her current and future jobs.
There are some jobs, such as sales representative and customer service representative that will help employees’ careers, even though they do not want to remain in a job such as sales representative or customer service representative. Considering the example of the woman who wants to start her own small business, however, either of these positions will be helpful to her as a small business owner. Also, while in one of these positions, most of the training would help her both in her present position as well as in her desired career as a small business owner and operator.
Her supervisor will both fund her training and do her employee evaluations. Thus, she must be able to convince her supervisor that the training she wants will increase her productivity. If she sells her supervisor on such a course that also will help her to progress toward her career goals, she has made this training a win for both her and her supervisor, especially if she becomes more productive in her current job.
If the organization for which she works does not fund any employee training, she will have to fund it herself. Since she is paying for this training, however, she will be able to take exactly the courses that she wants to take.