We all know the runaround associated with getting a manager’s approval to attend an in-person professional development training or event. You find a training that meets your needs, check out the details, put a good argument together why it’ll benefit you and your team, send it all over in an email and then…you wait.
The best case scenario is that you’ll hear back in a few days or a week with an answer. But honestly (and unfortunately), the answer for a lot of government employees is no.
We understand the frustration in this situation and we want to help you get around it because training events are hugely important for furthering your gov career – something everyone deserves an opportunity to do.
The key to getting the “yes” from your supervisor to attend a training is to anticipate their questions and requirements. If you can think through what information they need and provide it before they have to ask, you’re more likely to get a positive response, sooner.
We want as many government employees and contractors as possible to join us this year at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit in Washington, D.C. on August 9-10, so we created an Approval Toolkit with everything you need to convince your boss to let you attend and get the professional development you need.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll get in the toolkit:
The NextGen Summit was created nine years ago to help public servants get the training they need to drive their careers forward and we’ve been building on this mission ever since. Check out this year’s agenda but also keep an eye out for updates, including keynote speakers!
Questions about the Summit or need more help getting approval to attend? You can get in touch with us any time by emailing [email protected] or call Megan Dotson at 202-407-7408.