How to Decide if Training’s Worth Your Money


Is training worth the money? Most tech professionals say yes. One survey says 80 percent of them believe it increases their base salary, which is up from 74 percent in 2011. The people who work in networking, communications, or servers and storage put the most stock in training, though Web and application developers aren’t so sure. Let’s see if it’s right for you.

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2 Responses to “How to Decide if Training’s Worth Your Money”

  1. Certainly, in this industry, ongoing training is essential.
    Whether or not it pays off is really an interesting question.

    In my opinion, if you are entry level, then every bit of extra training will help to get you up the next rung of the financial ladder.

    However, once you are established, especially if you’re in the same company for years, I have found that companies just simply don’t care. They assume that you will get the training necessary to keep up with industry changes but are rarely willing to pay you for that effort. Conversely, they may “reprimand” you or otherwise coerce you to get that training.
    Of course, the extra training *may* lead to a better job elsewhere, although there is really no guarantee in that since they may or may not need the skills associated with the training.

    As for get training directly associated with what a company is willing to pay, I’ve never seen these opportunities in my few dozen years on the job so maybe they are the “hidden jewels” that if you can find them and fill out the appropriate paperwork and do all of the needed work (probably on your own time) then maybe you’d be able to reap those benefits.
    The closest I had was that I offered special training inhouse to assist various groups in doing their jobs more effectively and I got paid in lunch…so the value to the company was probably a 2-5% increase in productivity in exchange for about $8 in lunch (I think paid by the manager!)

    • Glen Smith

      That’s weird. in my years in the industry, I’ve always had a lot of training opportunities albeit usually a “benefit” like the company pays for your off-hour Oracle training. Also, I’ve been on some in-house projects (like company certification) which show up on my feel free to put on my resume or claim in an interview as experience (for example, ITIL, TOGAF etc.). Finally, (before a certain boss passes away), I’d get asked to run projects I had just general knowledge about and would have to get some training on company time and dime to come up to speed.