More training? But what was this Master's degree for then?
November 7, 2011 11:17 AM Subscribe
I have questions about the amount of training a professional should get, and how the training and the time spent on training is compensated.
posted by garlic to Education (10 answers total)
First the general questions:
For a given profession, how much training does it require after any college degree requirements are met? What's the purpose of getting this training? Who pays for the training? Is the time the person gets trained paid for as well?
And my specific reason for asking to help understand some of the why's above:
My Engineering company has a yearly symposium where the employees make presentations about various things we've done and learned, with the intent of spreading that information to our peers. However, while the company encourages attendance, they only pay for 1/2 our time at this symposium, with the other half at our expense. The training itself is paid for, but our time is not. When discussing with my boss low attendance at one of the sessions, I brought this lack of pay as a reason people don't attend. His perspective was that engineers are responsible for being good engineers themselves, and should attend these sessions with or without pay to stay a good engineer. This was completely outside my own understanding of requirements, so I wanted to get a better feel for a) what other professions have to do to stay up to date and who pays for it, and what other engineers see as their responsibility to stay up to date and who pays for it.