It’s time to talk to your manager about the 2017 training budget.
I know how this is going to go, because I’ve been there. She’s going to say, “Just because it’s January doesn’t mean we can spend it all at once.”
Here’s how to respond:
- I’m not going to spend it all – but I do need to reserve my seat in a training class later in the year
- I won’t spend the flight/hotel/food portions yet – we’ll hold those for a later month to even out the expenses
- Seats in these classes are limited, and they sell out
Then, when she pauses to think for a minute, that’s when you give her a printout of the class of your choice:
- March 20-23 in San Diego – The Senior DBA Class – 4 days on high availability, disaster recovery, triage processes, storage, virtualization
- March 28-31 in San Diego – SQL Server Performance Tuning – 4 days on index tuning, query tuning, wait stats, and knowing when to throw hardware at it
- April 11-14 online – The Senior DBA Class – same as our 4-day in-person class, but you attend from home in your underpants
- April 17-20 online – SQL Server Performance Tuning – same as our 4-day in-person class
- May 16-18 in Wroclaw, Poland – SQLDay, where I’m doing a 1-day pre-con on Performance Tuning When You Can’t Fix the Queries
- May 21-25 in Orlando, Florida – SQL Intersection, where I’m doing a 1-day post-con on Advanced SQL Server High Availability
And you get access to a video recording, too. For all of my classes, including the 1-day conference pre-cons, you get 6 months’ access to a streaming video version of the class so you can step back through sections you missed.
Students have told me that’s really helpful because their bosses expect them to drop everything during class and switch to an urgent help desk ticket. Normally, you’d miss a module permanently – but now you can go back through the videos later and watch what you missed.