Getting Approval: What Your Company/Supervisor Needs to Know About GraphConnect
Professional development, networking, and training are critical to our success, but these “extras” often fall down our priority list in the crush of the day-to-day. So how do you go about prioritizing – and getting your manager’s approval to attend – the graph industry conference of the year? Try these suggestions:
1. Create a list of goals
Maybe you’d like to build your skills in a particular area or want to connect with peers working on similar projects. Review the GraphConnect agenda when it comes out and select the sessions that will help you meet these goals.
2. Get ready to share
Let your supervisor know that you’re ready and willing to bring your GraphConnect experience back to the team. Describe how you expect to apply what you learn and offer to share a brief update about the conference when you return.
3. Talk about opportunity cost
Consider the number of resources available in one place at GraphConnect and the time it would take to replicate that knowledge on your own time. Let your supervisor know that you can save up to $200 if you register early!
If you still need help making your case to attend GraphConnect 2022, you can also use the template below to get you started. Simply customize the Justification Letter to suit you and your department and send it along to your supervisor for written approval.