A 5-Step Guide to Convincing Your Manager to Send You to AU 2023 

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Upgrading your skillset and network in the construction sector will help you—and your firm—be more competitive. Autodesk University enables you to do just that.  

Taking place in Las Vegas on November 13-15, AU 2023 offers hundreds of learning sessions and provides unparalleled networking opportunities to help you level up your career. 

Still, getting your manager on board can be tricky, so if you're looking for ways to make the case on why you should attend AU 2023: The Design and Make Conference, we've got you covered.  

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Industry conferences are more important than ever 

First, let's set the stage: conferences are increasingly becoming critical, particularly in the AEC sector.  

The industry faces an immense skills gap, with 77% of US construction firms saying that they're struggling to find candidates with the necessary skills. And it's not just the US; according to Autodesk's Nordics construction survey, 84% of firms struggle to recruit, and over a third (32%) are concerned by a general lack of skilled labor.  

Clearly, the shortfall of construction talent is a global issue, and one of the best ways to find solutions is to immerse yourself in industry conferences like AU 2023. Aside from inspiring you to pick up new skills, this event gives you a first-hand look at technologies and solutions that can help firms bridge the skills gap. 

And if you're reading this, we know you're already sold on attending AU 2023. Now, let's discuss the steps you can take to help your manager see the value of the conference. 

How to convince your manager you should attend AU 2023

1: Familiarize yourself with classes and conference details

A compelling case is a well-researched one. If you're gearing up for a conversation about AU 2023, start by getting familiar with what the conference has to offer.  

There are nearly 600 classes (over 150 of which are construction-specific) offered at the event, so bookmark the ones most relevant to your role. You'll also want to bring up the keynote sessions featuring executives, Autodesk customers, and thought leaders sharing new ideas and inspiring stories. A full class list will be available mid-August, so keep an eye out on the site for a complete view soon! 

Beyond these sessions, AU 2023 has several networking opportunities lined up, including meetups that enable you to connect with industry peers and foster relationships that can contribute to your professional growth and your firm's success. 

And let's not forget the Expo floor, where you can discover exciting trends, demo cutting-edge tech, and meet Autodesk partners and product experts. 

There's definitely a lot to see and do! Get to know what the event has to offer, then map out the opportunities you'd like to attend. 

2: Create a sample agenda or list of classes you want to attend

Details matter, especially when you're trying to make a case to attend a conference that involves your time and resources. So, show your manager that you've done your homework and strategically pinpoint the sessions that will benefit your role and the organization. 

Keep your eye on the general agenda page; you'll see the list of specific classes so you can flesh out your AU 2023 agenda and experience. With hundreds of classes in store, you'll undoubtedly find sessions that align with your (and your firm's) needs—be it learning a technical skill, a specific product, or an industry issue.  

Curious to see what classes were like last year? Check them out on demand or watch our playlist on YouTube:

3: Price out the investment

Learning and development take a certain amount of investment, and your manager will likely ask how much the trip will cost. To make this part of your conversation easier, we have a handy calculator that lets you estimate the total cost of the conference. The calculator factors in: 

  • The price of the conference pass  
  • Average hotel cost (multiplied by the number of nights)  
  • Airfare  
  • Average transportation cost 
  • Miscellaneous costs

You'll find our calculator tool here. Using it is easy; just enter your numbers, and the calculator will automatically populate the total costs.  

4: Outline your top reasons for attending

Aside from discussing specific classes, present your larger motivations for attending AU 2023. Make sure these relate to your specific role, project, career path, or anything else you're working on.  

The key is to communicate how your presence at the conference benefits the company, so you and your manager can identify the business case for AU 2023. 

5: Send a formal email

Make things official by sending a formal email convincing your manager to send you to AU 2023. This makes your effort more compelling because it shows your commitment to professional development. 

And the good news is you don't have to write the email from scratch. You can use this AU 2023 email template, specifically designed to articulate the benefits of AU 2023 in a compelling, professional manner—while giving you room to add your personal touch. 

For best results, customize your email with a sample agenda and your top reasons for attending.  

Ready to put together your email? Check out the template here 

Backup option: Attend virtually 

Can't make it to AU 2023 in person? It’s always wise to have a plan B and luckily you have the option to attend virtually. While there's a certain magic to being at the conference in person, you can still experience part of the AU magic by securing a free digital pass.  

The pass won't grant access to all sessions, but you'll have opportunities to attend a limited selection of classes live, plus access to certain on-demand sessions, the keynote, and industry forums. 

Grab your digital pass here 

Convince your manager to send you to AU 2023 

Now is the time to speak with your manager about sending you to AU 2023: The Design and Make Conference. Make your case and register by August 4 to enjoy a $250 discount!  

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Remember, the future of construction is here, and you don't want to miss out on this opportunity to be a part of it. Register for AU 2023 today! 

Grace Ellis

As Manager of Content Marketing Strategy at Autodesk and Editor in Chief of the Digital Builder Blog, Grace has nearly 15 years of experience creating world-class content for technology firms. She has been working within the construction technology space for the last 6+ years and is passionate about empowering industry professionals with cutting-edge tools and leading strategies that improve the quality of their jobs and lives.