Dear fellow Data Schoolers,

As my four-month training at the Data School comes to an end, I wanted to share with you the incredible journey I have been on. This experience has been transformative, and I have grown both professionally and personally. In this reflective blog, I will delve into four key aspects that have shaped my training journey and share some insights that I hope will benefit you.

Firstly, I want to talk about overcoming initial struggles. Before joining the Data School, I faced various obstacles on my path to mastering Tableau. Complex calculations like Level of Detail felt overwhelming, and the world of APIs and web scraping seemed like an intricate puzzle. However, the training at the Data School provided the guidance and support I needed to overcome these challenges. My advice to you is to embrace the struggle and trust in the process. The coaches and your colleagues are there to help you succeed.

Secondly, the comprehensive training experience has been a treasure trove of knowledge and practical skills. I delved into a wide range of topics, from data investigation and profiling to advanced table calculations and spatial analysis. Our coaches shared invaluable insights, making seemingly complex concepts easily understandable. I encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to learn. Attend webinars, read blog posts, and collaborate with your colleagues. The more you put in, the more you will get out.

Thirdly, immersing myself in client projects was a defining aspect of my training. The diversity of these projects exposed me to various industries and challenges. From survey data analysis to spatial analysis and predictive modeling, each project presented unique opportunities for growth. My advice to you is to embrace the opportunity to work on client projects. It will allow you to develop real-world skills and gain experience that will benefit you in your future career.

Lastly, the exciting and challenging Dashboard Week was one of the most thrilling components of my training. This immersive week-long challenge demanded the creation of a new dashboard each day, focusing on different topics selected by our coaches. It pushed me to think creatively, work efficiently under pressure, and explore unfamiliar subject matters. My advice to you is to approach Dashboard Week with an open mind and a willingness to learn. It will be a challenging week, but it will also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your training.

In short, the training at the Data School surpassed my expectations in every way. It provided a nurturing environment where struggles turned into opportunities for growth. The comprehensive curriculum, coupled with engaging client projects and the invigorating Dashboard Week, transformed me into a skilled data professional. I am immensely grateful for the practical skills gained, the meaningful connections formed, and the personal growth experienced. I hope that my insights will be helpful in your own journey at the Data School.

The Data School
Author: The Data School