How to spend you training budget (if you have some) weasely, ... erhm, I mean 'wisely'

You all know how this business is alike: if you’re not learning, you’re getting out of the game quickly - knowledge that is more than 3...

5 years ago

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You all know how this business is alike: if you’re not learning, you’re getting out of the game quickly - knowledge that is more than 3 years old is pretty much worthless. That’s why you should use every possible opportunity to invest in your self-development: fortunately many companies understand that pretty well already. This blog post is just a collection of hints - these are the rules I follow personally. Enjoy and feel free to comment:

  1. If your current employer doesn’t have anything like a training budget (or an equivalent) - make yourself a favor and tell the jerks good-bye ASAP. It’s a waste of time really as they should really understand that:

  2. If your current employer has a training budget but its usage is limited to some useless internal crap-training or some other bullshit you don’t find applicable in your future career - well, you’ve seen the suggestion above, right?

  3. Choose your training wisely - DON’T waste budget on some fundamental trainings (you can learn easily on your own) like 'SQL Server Fundamentals', 'Introduction to ASP.NET MVC', etc. - this knowledge is very common, you can find on-line courses, books, tutorials, etc. - going for a classroom training like that is just wasting the money you could spend on something far more valuable.

  4. Don’t limit yourself to basic class-room trainings - I seriously advice you to take part in conferences - it’s great way to get yourself acknowledged to what’s going on IT, to meet real thought leaders (not some corp bullshitters), to have your mindset “reset” a bit as well. Any particular conferences in the region (Central Europe)? Sure - Craft (, Build Stuff ( or NDC (

  5. Be cautious about “promotional offers” - all the major vendors organize trainings & local conferences that are pretty much the constant flow of marketing bullshit. Minimum content, maximums sales slides = waste of time & money. Check the event carefully before registering for, always.

  6. Be pragmatic - go only for something that has a serious chance to be useful in the future: sometimes it means doing something a bit boring like PMP or ITIL, but for some roles it IS A BASELINE and you can’t afford skipping such a thing really (even if the knowledge gain won’t be significant if any). Do it, don’t delay it.

  7. Classroom trainings are nice, but don’t forget about the on-line courses - usually it’s not a big spending and the value value-for-money ratio may be outstanding. Examples? Pluralsight (, Coursera (

What if you’re a contractor and you just do your short-term duty here and then, swapping the client & location every 3-6 months? It doesn’t change things much - you still should do all of the above, but it’s you and only you who should set up your own training budget. It’s a money really well spent.

Fortunately, not all the good trainings / conferences have to be paid for:

Sebastian Gebski

Published 5 years ago


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