I did really request that I be allowed to attend seminars (since most of the time I am the one arranging/organizing them) and trainings outside the office to enhance my skills and knowledge. Trainings that concern my job and seminars that relate to what I do. Meaning, if I am in project management, I will be allowed to acquire new skills in project management or if I am in research, I should be attending trainings in various research techniques. Since I am back in project management, I requested that I also be allowed to attend seminars being attended by research staff (not actually pertaining to research style/techniques but more like topics on WTO, free trade agreements, tariff adjustments and other economic blah blah blahs) if and only if, I don't have any ongoing project implementation projects (which are during the months of April, May, June and sometimes August).
I am not really asking a lot (do you think so?) since I am sure that I am not only the one benefiting from this. They can expect a much better, efficient, effective job from me from that. Besides, I usually get invitations or can search for seminars/trainings offered for free if they are worrying over the damned costs.
Funny that I am expected to attend this technical seminar next month and the bad thing is, it is way too technical. I already told TI about the pros and cons of attending this seminar. Based in the programme, I can only relate about the topic for an hour and the rest, I will only be listening to the mumbo-jumbo of technical jargons. Sheesh. Some people can be so outrightly literal. People! I want to attend a seminar where I can definitely relate and learn something. I am not an engineering person. It will take me months to learn your terms and be able to explain it well.
To cut the chase, I will still be attending it.
Now, I am working with Google to look for those jargons buzzing in my ears. Bummer.