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    Hi Guys,

    Wondering if anyone has any tip, pointers or advise. Basically, I've just started doing my degree with the Open University, and I know that as the modules progress, they become harder and require more time and the fact is that I don't want to spend 15 years on this, I want to take more on from the University.

    With working full time as studying, I was wondering how anyone would approach your employer about this, maybe asking for study time etc.

    Thanks in advance,

    Stuart.

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    Is the degree directly related to the job you're doing? Are they funding the course?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconAlley_Sam View Post
    Is the degree directly related to the job you're doing? Are they funding the course?
    The degree is related to the work I am doing (Computing and IT) and I am funding this myself, and I don't mind funding at, as I can imagine asking for funding would just get knocked down, so I'd rather be smart and ask for time.

    Stuart

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    Well the worst thing if you ask is that they say no!

    I only asked because we have a few people doing courses/diplomas etc. related directly to work, funded by the company and they're allowed/encouraged to study during work time if they need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconAlley_Sam View Post
    Well the worst thing if you ask is that they say no!

    I only asked because we have a few people doing courses/diplomas etc. related directly to work, funded by the company and they're allowed/encouraged to study during work time if they need to.
    I started this off, off my own back, but I don't want to find myself struggling with studying and working. Just need to figure out how to word it correctly.

    Stuart

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    Include that you've taken the initiative to increase your skill set/understanding etc. and maybe list a few ways you hope it'll improve your performance at work.

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    Perfect! Thank you, that gives me a great starting point!

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    I'm doing a degree with the OU in IT at the moment, just finished first year (single module TU100). Funded myself but asked work for some study time, basicaly if i'm upto date then go ahead and do some study. Were a small school and sometimes it can be a bit slack. As overs have said, all you can do is ask and as there are work based modules then it can only benefit the school.

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    Exactly what I have just finished studying. I can't see it being a problem, we have a good team here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart-Hannah View Post
    Perfect! Thank you, that gives me a great starting point!
    Most welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconAlley_Sam View Post
    Include that you've taken the initiative to increase your skill set/understanding etc. and maybe list a few ways you hope it'll improve your performance at work.
    I totally agree with Sam; If you don't ask you don't get these days and if they say no to a contribution to the fees then they may be willing to give you some time where you can solely focus on studying
    Again just reiterating what Sam has already said, you could request a meeting with the HT or SLT and produce a document of the skills you believe you will achieve from the course and the benefits to the establishment this would then have they can pass this on to the governors for analysis and approval and looks a very professional way to go about things

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