Career Watch: Asking for training when money is tight

By Jamie Eckle, Computerworld |  Career, training

If your employer does voice a concern about you leaving once you've completed your training, ask what would make her more comfortable in committing to the expense. She may say, "I'd like to know that you're going to stick around for at least a year." And a 12-month commitment may be a worthwhile trade-off in exchange for a generous training perk.

If there's just no money available for training, doesn't the employee who asks for it risk being regarded as somewhat clueless? It's been said that you can ask for anything, as long as you do it in the right way. For instance, preface your training-support proposal with, "I know some of what's happening on the business side of things, but not everything. Please don't take my request as a form of disrespect. I'm thinking both about the company's future success as well as my own, and I want to be adequately trained to support both."

Keep in mind, too, that training is viewed with respect by almost everyone. Although you may not receive immediate approval for your request, your boss will remember that you want to improve yourself, and when the purse strings do loosen again, you may be near the front of the line for a payout.

--Jamie Eckle

Salaries on the Decline

Janco Associates Inc. found mostly bad news for IT professionals in its midyear review of salaries. As shown below, salaries for many higher-level IT positions declined at large enterprises. As bad as that looks, though, the falloff in pay levels was much steeper for those working at midsize organizations, according to Janco.

Mostly Down

Average total compensation (base salary plus bonuses) in large enterprises for selected positions:

January 2007

June 2009

Change

CIO

$174,979

$172,505

-1.41%

Vice president, security

$152,806

$151,102

-1.12%

Vice president, administration

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