How to convince your boss you should take a FutureLearn course during work

Doing a FutureLearn course can be a great way to help your career, so in this post, Alex shares top tips on how to convince your boss that you should do a FutureLearn course at work.

With so many online learning tools out there, it’s no surprise that people are spending on average 14 hours a month learning outside of work. It’s easier than ever to access new knowledge and skills. But juggling learning, work and a life can be difficult – it’d be much better if you could do some of your learning at work, especially if it benefits your role.

There are all sorts of benefits you can get from learning at work – from being more engaged in your job to improving your personal development. It can even make you happier.

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So, with that in mind, here’s my how-to guide to help you convince your boss that you should take a FutureLearn course during work hours.

  1. Find out if you’re already allowed

Before you start seeking out the perfect course to do at work, first find out if your company has a training policy or budget allowance for employees. If you can’t find anything in your contract, speak to someone in HR to find out if a policy exists. If you are allowed, great – get started on finding a course.

If not, it means you need to spend a bit more time on the next step.

  1. Do your research

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Now you know where you stand, get started on your search for the perfect courseA few questions to consider:

  • What are your learning goals?
  • How long will it take?
  • How much time can you commit each week? 

…It’s worth noting that all FutureLearn course content is step by step, so won’t eat into your work time.

  • How does the course benefit your role, well-being and professional development?
  • Is it accredited?

Having good answers to these questions will be crucial in the next step: the pitch to your boss.

  1. Present a good case to your boss

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Now you’re ready with all the info on the course, it’s time to state your case. We’ve found that it’s usually more effective to email first (here’s a handy e-mail template), presenting the course you’d like to do along with a quick summary of why. Then follow it up with a face-to-face meeting.

This way you have two chances to convince your boss and it gives them an opportunity to process the request in their own time. 

  1. Anticipate a struggle

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It’s very possible that your boss will say no to your request or want further justification. Anticipate these questions and get your answers ready, you’ll be far more likely to get a yes. The key thing is being prepared.

Likely questions might include:

  • How much will it cost?
  • how does this benefit the organisation?
  • How will taking this course affect the projects you need to deliver?
  1. Offer to share your knowledge with other colleagues

If your boss is still wavering, it’s worth mentioning how your learnings can impact the wider business – offer to share your new skills with colleagues. Presenting back a summary of your learnings or offering to mentor other team members on that specific topic.

Alex’s pro tip: These sessions go down well with snacks

  1. Celebrate your new skills

By now, your boss has no doubt said yes. So let’s jump forward to when you’ve finished your course:

You’ve picked up new skills, grown in confidence and had some rewarding working hours learning. Now what?

It’s time to celebrate your hard work. Many of our courses offer upgrades, buying one of these (or having one bought for you) can help you prove your learning and demonstrate your commitment to a given subject and your professional development.

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If all else fails and your boss needs further convincing, get in touch with us and we can help you present a convincing case.

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Comments (4)

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  • Timothy Betancourt

    Hello
    Great chance to learn during work. But sometimes, there’s absolutely no time for additional skills improvement. I’ve chosen the course Teaching for Success: The Classroom and the World. But I doubt that my boss will allow me to do it during work hours. I plan to dedicate much time to it anyway.

    Timothy Betancourt
    Mesa, Arizona, Red Mountain High School teacher
    StudyRoom at https://www.projectmanagement.com/ tutor;
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  • Md. Kohinoor Hossain

    It’s a great plat form to share knowledge museum where joining persons must develop their career building method from the global connection with the scholars, erudite, learners, criticizers, mentors and philosophers in the various aspects of the inter-disciplines. So, all should come to share our opinions who intend to get career-building project.

  • Chupacabras

    Once your boss has agreed to give it a try, you need to do everything your power to make sure that it will work. Otherwise, it will be tough to convince your boss the next time. Your future reputation is on the line.

  • Ahmed Youssef

    I would like to say that this is a brilliant idea not just when it comes to productivity and learning also time management at workplaces.