Want to Take Night Course, But Have to Ask to Leave Early


October 9, 2009 by sparktalk

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.


It is always good to consider your interests when planning for your future!  Four months is a relatively short time with your current employer, but if you approach it correctly you may be able to arrange to follow your dreams.

Consider your relationship with your supervisor.  Would you be viewed as a dedicated, hard worker?  Consult someone who has been there longer than you if there is someone you trust.  Couch your request in such a way as to present this opportunity as something you would truly like the opportunity to do, but stress that your job is your priority.

Offer to come in early or have an abbreviated lunch on those days you are requesting to leave early. If all else fails tell the chef of your situation and suggest others might have the same issue – if attendance is low he might change the time.  At least he will know you are interested in his class in the event he offers others.

Happy cooking!

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About Mary Sherwood Sevinsky

Masters-prepared Certified Disability Management Specialist. Over eighteen years experience in vocational assessment, counseling, and testimony, primarily in rehabilitation services.
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