Who should pay for career development?

Subject: Who should pay for career development?
From: Russell Kilday-Hick <rkilhick -at- SFSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 21:26:39 -0700

I recently attended a Photoshop conference of 600. It seemed to me that
most of the attendees were sent by their employers, who paid their fees,
flew them cross-country, and put them up in expensive hotels. I, on the
other hand, commuted locally to the three-day affair and paid a third of
the cost myself.

I would like to know how common these two scenarios are? What kind of
training or career development does your company offer and who pays? Do
you expect your employer to pay for all or at least part of retraining ?
And if you are independent, what trainings do you find worth your time and

What is your perspective on continuous education to keep up with new
developments in technology? Do you avoid it when you can, or is avoidance
professional suicide? What kinds of trainings are the most effective for

Does anyone know of any recent studies or surveys? I have so far the August
1994 issue of "Technical Communication" (special section on training) .
Any others?

In addition, I am interested in exploring the cost comparisons of in-house
training verses sending employees out. Any companies out there with
experience in this?

If you have information (or leads), please "e-mail" me at
rkilhick -at- sfsu -dot- edu I appreciate anything you can contribute. Tell me your
story. Now I'm off to the library.

(I hope this makes Eric Ray happy (STC's Journal, Nov. 96) because it's not
about typos. :-) )

Thank you in advance.

Russell Kilday-Hicks
Production Specialist
SFSU Publications Office
415/338-3008 * rkilhick -at- sfsu -dot- edu

The difference between
an amateur and a professional is ...
the professional looks it up.

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