HSA for Training

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

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    Comments posted to this topic are about the item HSA for Training

  • DinoRS

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2641

    I have a budget available every year to attend SQLPass including any expenses faced during my stay, unfortunately the last two years I didn't have the time to go, hopefully I'll be able to next year but currently I'm not holding my breath for that.

  • call.copse

    SSCoach

    Points: 17093

    Time is the problem in general. I've been fully loaded for several years and while I can take time on occasion it's sometimes just hard to put it  as a priority. Weekends though are just not happening - they have in the past but no more, my choice.

  • jeberhard-623651

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2644

    My office is very good about training. They think it is very important to keep up with the latest changes in technology.  They provide a subscription to Pluralsight for each programmer and gives us one day a month to work from home and take the Pluralsight course or courses of our choice. They also provide transportation, hotel and meals for one users group conference every couple of years staggered among the programming staff.

  • Rod at work

    SSC-Dedicated

    Points: 33200

    WOW, HSA for training. What a great idea! I totally love it!!

    This year I was honored to attend Microsoft Ignite 2019. It is my understanding that I am the first person in IT to go to any conference in decades, so I really appreciate the fact that I could attend. I shared as best I could, talks I attended and presentations via the Microsoft Teams app on my phone with my team here at work.

    Kindest Regards, Rod Connect with me on LinkedIn.

  • kiwood

    Ten Centuries

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    I love the idea. I would say that the best thing I could think of would be to have guidelines and some pre-approved vendors. The best thing is that the general idea could work in any setting and could become a serious reason for some to take certain jobs.

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 717971

    Nice to see a lot of you have budget for training, though without getting/taking time off, it's less useful. Easy to get too caught up in daily work and not take the time to grow yourself and learn. If a specific event doesn't work, you really ought to look at something else. Online class, local class, etc. to be sure that you recharge and refresh your career.

  • Eric M Russell

    SSC Guru

    Points: 125074

    If I'm not putting out a fire, responding to a request, or working on a deliverable, then I'm learning something. I believe that most of us have more opportunity and time for learning (not necessarily formal training) than we realize. This could be taking a deep dive into Google researching a technical topic, watching a video, or working on a proof of concept. If you find that you're swamped all the time, then maybe reading a book on using PowerShell script to automate common DBA tasks would be a good place to start, and then once you start reaping the benefits of that, then use the free time to move on to other things.

    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/expert-scripting-and/9781484219430/

     

    "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought." - Matsuo Basho

  • Dyslexic BDA

    SSC Enthusiast

    Points: 127

    Each year my company promises to provide training courses, normally during review periods but due to time constraints and work load it never happens.  They will pay for the exam, or will reimburse for exams (apparently) but like a lot of people on here finding the time to study is always a challenge.

  • mercurej

    Mr or Mrs. 500

    Points: 556

    A little late in responding to this one.

    I love the idea of an HSA for training.  I have have an HSA for medical expenses and it is a great option.

    The problem with the HSA for training idea is that it is company funded and therefore company controlled.  The HSA for medical expenses is funded by me and controlled by me (within a set of rules).

    I go through the budget process every year, just to be told I can't actually use the moneys that were budgeted for software. training. etc. when I ask for them.  So much like our state government, the fund may be allocated by the company for one thing but without a lock box around it too many hands will use it for whatever they want.

     

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