Is your organisation drowning in data or missing out on the huge productivity gains offered by technology? Is it well-positioned for the gig economy? Can it protect itself from cybercrime? Swinburne Online’s six-week micro units are designed to help professionals embrace current challenges and take their organisations into the future, without the time and cost of completing an entire degree. Many employers will pay for this kind of learning, especially as it can be directly and quickly applied to the workplace.
Here are 6 steps to follow when asking your employer to cover the cost of a micro unit.
Emphasise the 6-week timeframe
This is a unique feature of our micro units. They succinctly deliver in-demand, practical skills in just six weeks. You don’t need any prior expertise in the area. Tell your employer you can upskill quickly and start delivering benefits immediately.
Help the business face change
Micro units are designed with industry to address the specific issues that businesses are grappling with right now. You will gain the strategies to lead your organisation through change and into the future. Even if you’re not in a leadership position now, offering to help the business in this way will show your leadership potential.
Promote the affordable cost
With an introductory rate of $990 per unit (reduced from $1250), micro units will suit the professional development budgets of many organisations. What’s more, you can certainly complete the unit with minimal to zero impact on your capacity at work. We recommend 4-6 hours of self-paced study per week, across the 6-week unit.
Investigate your workplace education assistance policies to decide whether to ask for financial support AND study leave. Judge the current climate at work to give yourself the best chance of a positive reception.
Describe the benefits
Before you approach your manager or human resources department, make sure you can describe how the micro unit with benefit the organisation. Talk about your vision for improvement and how it aligns with your employer’s goals. Here are some examples relating to each micro unit.
Mention our industry partners and coaches
We’ve collaborated with multi-national industry leaders like Tableau, SEEK, Palo Alto Networks and UiPath to make sure our course content is hugely relevant and practical. You’ll study real business case studies and understand how the ideas can be applied in your workplace. Our Online Learning Coaches are industry experts, guiding you through the unit and sharing industry insights you can’t find anywhere else.
Importantly, your final assessment gives you the chance to apply your learning to your own workplace. You can then consolidate your new skills and strategies in a one-on-one mentoring session with your industry coach, before applying them at work.
Offer a return on investment
Whether you are asking for financial support or study leave, micro units offer maximum, immediate returns for minimum investment.
It’s worth doing the research to attach a dollar amount to the various improvements you can bring to the organisation (see tip no. 4), then you can offer a convincing return on investment (ROI). You could even compare the cost of specialised consultants with the very affordable cost of this professional development. Perhaps you could add further value by training or informally coaching your colleagues?
- Estimate the savings and earnings you could create on an annual basis.
- Deduct the course fee combined with any study leave you are asking for.
- Multiply the result by 100 to predict a percentage-based annual return on investment.
For more information, speak to our Course Consultants today on 1300 110 128 or read our Micro Unit FAQs.