You need to make sure that you have your boss’s buy in on your spending time attending industry events, otherwise her lack of support can be a significant hurdle. There are several things you can do to help make sure that her mindset is only a hurdle, rather than a total roadblock.
Ask for support
Once your boss is aware that you might attend an industry association meeting or conference during the workday, ask for her support. Ensure she understands that the meeting is work-related, and remind her of the benefits that you will:
- Network with other business professionals in order to identify talent for key open-positions in your department.
- Network with industry experts who might have insights on how to plan and implement a big project that is scheduled to start next year.
- Learn and bring back to the organization best practices that can help the organization achieve its short- and long-term goals.
- Accelerate your professional development
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