We reached the halfway point of our training at the end of last week, and to say it has been a whirlwind would be an enormous understatement. The last 8 weeks have been challenging, sure, but at the same time enjoyable. I didn’t think that I was capable of learning this much in 2 months, but here we are. In this blog, I will take you through my top 3 tips to prepare yourself for success at The Data School. 


1. Come in with a Growth Mindset

What is a growth mindset you may ask? Well, it’s self-explanatory; having a mentality in which you’re willing to grow and learn every single day. It’s important to understand that you’ll be learning something new pretty much every day. This can be draining, because you’re constantly taking in new information, but once everything starts clicking, then it makes it all worthwhile. My main point is; be prepared to learn and grow as a data analyst and as a professional too.


2. Be Prepared to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Get uncomfortable and prepare yourself to be uncomfortable on pretty much a daily basis. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge, put your hand up to do things that you usually wouldn’t do. I often find myself being the person to put their hand up to do things, because I know I’m pushing and challenging myself by doing so. I don’t often feel comfortable doing it, but every time I step up I feel good about it afterward. I see this as good practice for when I’m out on placements because in the real world, you don’t often get the choice to step outside your comfort zone, it’s a must. So getting familiar with it now will help me out in the not-too-distant future.


3. Don’t be Afraid to ask Questions

Last but definitely not least, and probably the most important piece of advice I can give you. If you’re from a non-technical background, like me, you will not understand a lot of the jargon that is spoken during your training, so it’s important to ask any question that comes to your mind. The coaches and everyone associated with your training are here to help you, so trust me when I say there are no stupid questions. It looks way better when you ask a question and get clarity, instead of pretending like you know what’s going on, try to talk about it later and then look silly because you’ve acted like you know what you’re talking about it.

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