|The best step in this situation is to have a heart-to-heart conversation with the person in charge of your training, growth, and development, and that person is you. It is very nice to have an employer who helps or supports your educational efforts, but your education should not stop because the employer is no longer able to pick up the tab.|
There is no question that continuing education is one of the most important steps that any employee can take today in order to continue to achieve and advance at work. If your employer is not helping in this area, you need to pick up the reins.
There is a tremendous range of courses, classes, and seminars to meet your work-related interests and objectives. There are online and offline options with offerings that can fit almost anyone's time demands and financial constraints. You should do some homework to find the ones that best fit your needs.
One interesting side note is that some studies are finding that the most effective and lasting education an employee receives often comes from his or her manager. If you are working for a great manager, you may have a great educational opportunity staring you in the face every day.