“If it’s free, Deryle knows about it.” — My Grandma
I’m all for free things. If it’s free, I want two of them. And that goes for education too. If your employer is giving you opportunities to learn for free, take them. If they’re not offering them, seek the opportunies out and present them to upper management. You may not be with the organziation forever but you can take something more valuable than the dollars: free courses/seminars. So learn what you can for as little as you can and allow it to strengthen your résumé. It’ll take you further than you can imagine.
Make professional development a priority.