Step 1: Feel unsatisfied and underpaid in job, send out lots of CVs.

Step 2: Think about the future and ask employer to sponsor a Chartered Institute of Marketing course.

Step 3: Find one for £390, employer agrees to pay, get very excited. Finally feel positive for the future, even if it means having to stay at current company for another year and be paid peanuts.

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Step 4: Turn down several interview offers, explaining that you’re now being sponsored to undergo professional training. Feel particularly bad about turning down an interview at a large company offering lots more money.

Step 5: Fill out application form, sponsorship form, wait a month until enrollment. Get very excited and buy lots of marketing books.

Step 6: Discover during enrollment that advertised fees were actually “additional fees”, and course cost is actually £1,400.

Step 7: Company can’t/won’t pay.

Step 8: Think about the interviews and opportunities turned down.

Step 9: Cry in toilets.

Step 10: Continue to secretly cry at computer.