Summary (if you’re too lazy to read):

  • In this reflective blog, I take you through the expectations and skills I had when I joined and the experience and skills I’ve gained
  • Long story short, I came in with high expectations
  • I had little understanding of Tableau when I joined and I had barely heard of Alteryx
  • I had a lot more fun than I had expected
  • Lots of training on Tableau, Alteryx, PowerBI, presentation skills, data warehousing, predictive analytics, SQL and more
  • Besides Tableau and Alteryx as tools, some of the skills I picked up well on include predictive analytics, database modelling and advanced SQL

The Full Story

If you’re reading this, you’re probably keen to know my takeaway from the Data School training that I’ve worked through in the last 4 months. Or, you’re trying to write your reflective blog and need some inspiration. Either way, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the skills and expectations that I joined the Data School with and the skills and experience that I finished the training with.

My Expectations

The job ad promised 4 months of intense training to build me up with all the skills that I’d need to excel as a data analytics consultant and more. That got me excited but I didn’t take their work for granted. I did my research by looking through these blogs that the previous cohorts have written. I could gauge how valuable this training was going to be. So my expectation was quite high. I was very excited and looking forward to it. Seeing the diversity and breadth of talent of the people who were already in the Data School got me even more interested in joining.

Long story short, I came in with high expectations.

My Skills Before I Joined

I had little understanding of Tableau when I joined and I had barely heard of Alteryx. I also didn’t have any experience in analytics and had no idea about the data processing steps needed to get things done. It was all fresh to me.

The skills that I did have that helped me along the journey was my experience in coding using programming languages like SQL & Python. Prior coding knowledge is not needed to go through the training but it is a nice-to-have. 

I also had good presentation skills as I’ve always been comfortable presenting in front of people. That’s a big part of what we do as consultants and certainly was a big advantage for me.

So, I came in with some relevant skills.

The Reality

Let me preface by saying that I had a lot more fun than I had expected. And the credit goes to all my cohort mates that made it all so much better than I thought it would be. And each one of them brought such different set of skills from different backgrounds that facilitated different perspectives and more creative learning.

The training was intense. Lots of training on Tableau, Alteryx, PowerBI, presentation skills, data warehousing, predictive analytics, SQL and more. But what I felt most valuable was the client projects we got to work on. We’ve had the fortune to be able to have amazing clients; industry leaders across a wide variety of industries that gave us so much exposure to different business operations and experiences. What made it even better was the fact that each of the clients had different types of problems which further increased the variety of experience for us.

The Skills I’ve Gained

So besides Tableau and Alteryx as tools, some of the skills I picked up well on include predictive analytics, database modelling and advanced SQL. Along the way, I also got to level up my skill in Python and machine learning by applying some of these in my daily work alongside the usual tools. 

I truly think that I’ve made the right choice in joining the Data School. And I’d like to give a big shoutout to all the coaches, trainers, management and MIP consultants who facilitated all this and helped us along the way. 

All the Fun I had

I don’t think I can translate all the fun I’ve had into words. And I can’t guarantee it’ll be the same for everyone as each new cohort will be made up of a different bunch of people. But with my peeps, we took every opportunity to have outings, drinks and parties. 

The End

It’s been a great experience going through this journey. But all good things come to an end. But I must say that I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my career in analytics. 

Fairuz Khan
Author: Fairuz Khan