I'm looking for some guidance on the below if anyone has any ideas!
I temporarily withdrew from the University of Leicester in 2011 after completing my second year and (somehow) managed to land a job as a Financial Crime Investigator for quite a big bank. I then decided in 2012 to withdraw from the university entirely on the basis that I felt that I did not need a degree to succeed in my career.
To cut a long story short, I have decided to go back in October to complete my third year of my English and History (BA) course. I have only been in this job for about 6 months so it was hard to tell my manager that I was planning on going back as I work in a small team, I know that I provide valuable input and I have put her in quite a difficult situation.
I have asked that my employer release me on study leave from October - June 2014 (unpaid) to allow me to complete my course, and I intend to put this in writing as per the guidelines under Section 63D of the Employment Rights Act 1996. See:https://www.gov.uk/training-study-work-your-rights
The problems that face my manager are mainly the difficulty of finding and training a new member of staff for an 8 month secondment, the worry that I am not going to come back after completing my course, and the fact that she is unable to justify how having the degree will benefit my role and the company as a whole.
In order to submit my request, there are a number of questions that I need to answer, namely:
- How will the proposed study or training improve your effectiveness in the business?
- How will the proposed study or training improve the performance of the business?
Does anyone have any ideas on how best to approach these questions? I clearly already have the necessary skills and knowledge to do the job that I am doing, but I need help with pinning down what - in terms of skills - having a degree will prove?
Any help will be appreciated!
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