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Q2. I'VE BEEN WITH THIS COMPANY TWO YEARS and just learned it has a program to pay for graduate degree courses for promising employees. I want to pursue an MBA eventually, but have been holding off until I can afford it. Is this opportunity too good to be true? Are there any negative sides to letting my boss foot the bill?

A. THIS MAY BE A GREAT BOON to a young, motivated employee, and if you ask to join this program, make sure you emphasize that the company will benefit from paying for your further education because you will then bring more skills to the company. But also consider that if the company does pay those bills, you are under an obligation to stay with the company so it DOES get the benefit of your graduate training. Base the decision on whether or not you love this company enough to stay and develop your real long-term career there.

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