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Tips for Employer Support

When you attend the 2014 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, you will gain valuable benefits through professional learning, and up to 24 CE contact hours for your licensure renewal. Your professional development will be as significant a benefit to your employer as it is to you because you will return with advanced knowledge and skills to contribute to your organization. But, your employer needs to know why to invest in you before they say “yes.”

 Important tips for making a strong business case with your employer include:

  1. Answer these questions:
    • What are the most important issues or plans facing my organization?
    • What’s my role in contributing to these issues and plans?
    • What sessions or connections would relate to and help support my contributions?
  2. Prepare an estimate of costs: airfare, hotel, meals, transportation, etc.
  3. Plan back-up for your work while you are at Conference.
  4. Write all this information down clearly in a request to your employer. Download a sample document to use here.
  5. Meet with your employer in person and early! Last-minute requests don’t work as well and early registration would save your employer money. If you don’t get an answer right away, be sure to follow up quickly.

Not yet a member of AOTA? Make sure your employer knows that you can save on both by joining AOTA and registering for Conference at the same time. See “Not Yet an AOTA Member?” for full information.


Finally, once you’ve been approved and attend Conference, follow through with the plan you made. Take notes, connect with colleagues, take home helpful materials and products, and share what you have learned with your co-workers and employer.

Be sure the investment your employer makes in you returns the highest interest!