A close friend of mine has recently secured her first graduate job. Since it's field based, she's expected to travel for various courses, meetings, research etc, and has been told she will receive reimbursement. Now, she's been asked to attend an educational seminar for employees in her industry - not compulsory but 'strongly recommended'. In addition to this, her contract start-date isn't actually for a couple of weeks yet, and her employer hasn't mentioned anything about reimbursement. The seminar is about 100 miles one-way.
So my question is, does one ask for reimbursement in the circumstances (new job/unofficial start-date/non-compulsory event); and if so, what is the best way of going about it?