A lot of companies have training budgets, where they actually have money kept aside for their employees to take courses like this to aid their professional development. If this is the case for you, then great! If your company doesn’t explicitly say they offer it, it’s sometimes worth having a discussion with them to see if it’s a possibility.
From our experience what normally happens here is that you’d have discussion with your HR department or manager,
– What the course is about (also what the Design Sprint is and why it’s used, if they don’t already know)
– What you’ll personally get from it
– What the company/your team will get from you being part of it
– How you’ll apply the learnings to your everyday work
– What the cost of the course is
– How long it’ll take you to complete it
– An actionable ‘next step’ from the course (i.e. facilitating a Sprint at the company)
If you get the ‘green light’ from them then it’ll be totally dependant on the company whether they want you to pay and then send them the receipt for reimbursement, or whether they want to pay on your behalf.
About 20% of people currently enrolled in our Design Sprint Masterclass have managed to get their company to pay for it, but so far everyone we’ve spoken to has said that regardless of whether they paid themselves or not, they feel like the investment will be totally worth it and that they’ll make the money back from the benefits of taking the course anyway (professional development, promotions, new client offerings, etc.)