When you work in the I.T. industry, you have to make sure that you’re up-to-date with today’s technology. One objective of mine was to get training or certified in something. My coworkers opted for certification in things like Windows Vista or Oracle Database but I decided to go back to school and get my degree. Since December of last year, I’ve been putting my request to my manager to get an approval for training. I sent him one email after the other and provided the necessary documentation to speed up the process. I find out today that my request has been denied because “all training is on hold for this fiscal year.”

The thing that I don’t quite understand is why they would stress the importance of getting certified and when we make a request for training, we don’t get approved. This whole office politic stuff is very unpleasing. Here I am, following the rules and doing the things that I’m supposed and I get denied. The training requests were put on hold but where was that hold all this time? I’ve put in that request since December 2007 and it’s taken about nine months to get a reply. If that’s not slow, I don’t know what is.

It’s really hard to stay motivated when you run in an unexpected obstacle. I didn’t think it would have taken this long to get a respond and only to find out that it was unapproved. The structure of my organization was changed a few months ago and the manager that I had is no longer my manager. It would have made a lot more sense to keep him as my manager because he knows how we roll but the new guy doesn’t know a thing about us. He’s only here once every other week and sometimes he’s here once a month.

Moving from a small company to a large company you start to see how things work. In a small company, if I wanted to get something approved from my manager, I just walk over to his office and ask him. In a large company, there’s a whole change of people that has to approve something before I can proceed. It’s a long a tedious process but that’s how things work around here. It’s even harder since my manager isn’t even in the same city as I am.

As things stand, I am still going to go ahead and attend my classes because I’m very anxious to get that degree. Since I am taking it part time it’s going to take about four years to complete instead of two years and I’d like to get it done as soon as possible since I’ll slowly lose interest in it eventually. The longer that I take, the less motivated I’ll become. I’m hoping that the workload isn’t too much for me since it’s been almost three years since I last stop foot on campus. I’m going to feel so old once I step into my first night class.