Help me attend my first industry conference! Need advice on asking permission/presenting my case to mgmt.
(Anon because of job-related issues.) I have heard about an amazing-sounding conference
that will be taking place in April. I would love to go, and have the type of creative job that could really benefit from being exposed to some outside ideas. My issues are:
1. It costs ~2500, which is considerable. Plus I would have to travel to get there, and get a hotel.
2. My job title is "interactive designer". There are "senior interactive designers" who are higher than me in the food chain, and others even higher. I feel like they should probably get the opportunity to go before me on principle, but they don't seem to care/be interested in further education and I really do care! I'm comparatively young (24) but it is frustrating to have to potentially have to defer to people who would probably want to go only after I have brought it up/researched it, etc.
As far as I know, my company has no policy on conferences. I've never really heard of anyone going, but we are a rapidly growing company (from about 100 employees last year to about 150 now)
3. Would there be a chance I would need to use vacation time for this? My instincts say no but I don't really have anyone to confirm this with without sounding stupid. I'm just worried that after adding up the cost of the conference, the travel, the hotel plus my inability to work on client work on those 3 days, the company might not look upon it favorably.
4.) What is the best way to bring this up? I have a "mentor" but he isn't a real decision maker and doesn't have the assertive personality to really go to bat for me. My plan right now is to mention it to him and ask for permission to speak with his superior.
Any advice on this would be appreciated. I realize its kind of a general question but I don't really have anyone to ask without coming out and asking my superiors, which I plan on doing after being more informed.
PS- All of my reviews have been great and I was promoted last summer, so my job performance should only help, although my job title is less than impressive.