Can I send myself to a professional conference?
February 1, 2013 11:52 AM Subscribe
There are a couple of professional conferences in the next year or so that I would like to attend, but due to a tight budget situation, my employer probably won't pay for me to go. Would it be strange or somehow inappropriate for me to just pay for it myself?
posted by jeoc to Work & Money (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The next few years involve some big expenditures for my employer and it is likely that travel and external professional development will be very limited. It isn't that my employer doesn't value professional development and they have been good about supporting conference attendance in the past, but there are other, more pressing issues right now.
Maybe I'm being silly or dense, but it seems like there is some sort of expectation that your employer will pay for attendance at conferences. I can afford to do it myself, and would really like to go. Is it violating some unspoken norm or practice to self-fund conference attendance? Does everyone who attends a large, national professional conference have it paid for by their employer?