And get your company to pay for it, too!

Young black woman at a job interview

1. Dig into the company’s policies.

2. Show how a course or a full certificate will benefit you and, in turn, the company.

3. Show what skills you’ll be learning and how you’ll transfer them to the job.

4. Be prepared to stay at that company for a while after you complete your studies.

5. Be prepared to negotiate.

Ready to ask your manager about funding for your education? Here’s a handy-dandy form to prepare for your manager.

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