Create your Proposal
Give yourself ample time to plan and seek your employer support. The request and approval process can be time consuming. Check the Jenkins MBA application deadlines and the Cashier’s Office calendar for billing deadlines.
Assess Your Situation
Before you begin the conversation with your employer, it’s useful to assess your situation. Consider where you are in the company, how you are perceived, and develop your career plan in the company. What knowledge, skills, and experiences can help you execute your career plan and benefit your company?
Once you know where you stand, it’s time to research your company’s education support processes and policies. In general it’s a good idea to present your proposal for support before budget review processes start.
Colleagues and managers who worked while earning their MBA can give you valuable insights on how an MBA helped their careers. Ask them for advice in crafting your proposal to your employer. Better yet, do you know any Jenkins MBA alumni who received financial assistance? Ask them for tips.
Write a Request
Begin writing a formal request to your employer. Show your employer your willingness to take on more responsibility and desire to make a bigger difference. Highlight your previous performance, and how the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained through the Jenkins MBA can help you make an even bigger difference. Show your employer the return on investment of a Jenkins MBA.
Some topics you may want to address include:
- Work absences/time off necessary to get an MBA
- Impact of pursuing an MBA on your job performance
- Why a Jenkins MBA provides the best value
- Time frame for seeing results from your MBA education
Use the Jenkins MBA website, as well as brochures and other program information to give your employer an idea of the kinds of the specific skills and experiences you’ll gain. Be sure to explain how these skills and experiences will provide value to your employer.
Be Ready to Negotiate
Your employer may not be able or willing to provide everything you asked for. In addition, employers typically want to protect their investments. For example, your company wants to make sure you don’t leave after completing your MBA, so they may propose conditions that require you remain at the company for a certain period of time after completing your MBA.
It’s a good idea to prepare what you are willing to concede and compromise before negotiations begin.