Talking to employers about sponsorship
Whether or not your employer is willing to sponsor you will generally depend on who your employer is. But, you’re more likely to secure funding if the course you’re interested in is relevant to your current job and it’ll benefit your employer too.
In some instances, you won’t be able to progress in your field without significant experience or a higher education qualification.
Some larger organisations already have sponsorship schemes in place – talk to your line manager or HR department to see if they’ll sponsor OU study.
When talking to any employer about being sponsored, try to think about the following:
- What study or personal development have you done already? Your employer may want to see evidence of your commitment to study or self-improvement.
- How will OU study help you in your current role? Have a clear idea of where you want to improve, or where you want to get to.
- What are your future goals? How do they fit in with your employer? They’ll want to know how you can best benefit the company during and after your studies.
Talking in detail about the course(s) you want to study and how you’ll apply them to your work will show how you’ve given OU study serious thought.