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Want to Take Night Course, But I’d Need to Leave Early

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Dear Experts,

I love to cook and want to sign up for an 8 week course a chef I admire is offering. It would require me to leave the office I work at 45 min early 1 day/week for 8 weeks. I’ve only been at my job for 4 months, should I ask for permission to do this?

I don’t think the chef will be offering the course again soon and I really want to take it since I someday want to be a chef. The job I do now is an administrative position I took to make money. I’m worried they might question my loyalty if I’m taking this class. I don’t want them to fire me.

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#326 Ask boss & offer to make up time + extra to compensate. Show appreciation for request’s consideration. (@jtodonnell)

Q#326 Keep focus on boss; present solution along w/request; offer to make up time based on boss’ schedule/project needs. (@ValueIntoWords)

Q#326 If you feel you have a good rapport with your boss, ask to make an arrangement (coming in early that day, etc). (@gradversity)

Q#326 OK to ask. Don’t spill guts about future goals though. Be prepared for “No” & be adult if you get it. [1/2] (@dawnbugni)

Q#326 Present plan to cover UR work. Prhaps offer to come in early/stay late to make up time. Not all take. [2/2] (@dawnbugni)

Q#326 Ask, say u’ll make up time; b prep 4 no. If ur afraid u cd b fired 4 askng, how r u rlly doing at job? (@juliaerickson)

Q#326 Asking to leave early for a non-work related class after only 4 mos doesn’t sound like a good plan. (@keppie_careers)

Q#326 Do they know you’re not there for the long haul? If so, then they shouldn’t mind. If not, ask anyway. (@beneubanks)

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