Welcome back to my blog. This blog is for anyone who is thinking of applying or currently in any phase of the application process. Today I will be discussing all things about the application process. This will include what the application process for The Data School Down Under is, as well as tips on how to give a good application. I will also go through what I would change if I had to apply again. The application process really intrigued me and the whole idea of being paid to learn seemed all too good to be true, but The Data School is even better then what you think it will be. Before I get started, I just want to say that if you have an interest in the field then please apply. I was very nervous about the process and didn’t think I was capable, but I got in and I am very glad that I applied. Let’s get into the blog.

The application process has three stages. First stage is to send in a Tableau Dashboard that you have made. The next stage is to present the dashboard over a video call. The third stage is to take the dataset that they send you which two weeks later you will go into the office and present your dashboard to a panel as well as a regular job interview. If this sounds daunting, then you’d be right. It is a lot, but I think it is a great way to employ Data Schoolers. Firstly, only people who are really interested will get through as you will invest a lot of hours into the application. Also, they don’t care what your background is and will never ask for your CV. This was good for me as I have never had a job and I was a fresh 22-year-old straight out of an astronomy bachelor’s degree. Now I will go through advice for each stage.

The first thing you need to do is learn Tableau. This is not as hard as you think. Download Tableau onto your computer (make sure it’s the free version) then go on YouTube and follow tutorials. I sort of worked it out myself and submitted a bad application but thankfully they let you submit new iterations if you want, and I watched a lot of tutorials for my new iterations. I learned everything I new before entering The Data School from Andy Kriebel’s YouTube channel and I strongly recommend you do the same. Next find data online, I recommend Kaggel.com, that you find interesting and start planning your dashboard. To do this I recommend going to Tableau Public and look for graph types that you like a try them on your dashboard. Once you have this you should apply. This first stage doesn’t just include submitting a viz (your dashboard) but also tests your ability to learn. You will be sent an email with things that they don’t like about the viz and I found this useful, and my dashboard got updated a lot. You will get 2-3 rounds of feedback if you submit early enough. People do get in without any feedback but I would recommend following their suggestions. The biggest part of advice I can give is that you need to tell a story, do not just throw a bunch of graphs onto a dashboard. They will then pick their favourite applications and invite them to round 2.
Round 2 is a video call the recruitment officer and the head coach where you present your dashboard for 5-10 minutes and answer a few questions afterwards. Please do not stress about this. It is very relaxed, and the questions are causal. I think my questions were about why I picked certain graph types as well as why I picked the dataset. The advice that I give is the same as the last section, tell a story. Write out the script and then rehearse your presentation with the script then convert the script into dot points and present with that. It is obvious if you haven’t rehearsed your presentation. The best will then receive an email with the details on round 3.

Round 3 is the final presentation where you receive an email with a data set and two weeks later you will need to present your dashboard to the selection panel. I promise this is not as scary as it sounds. They are very relaxed and nice to you. The email will have a lot of hints for you to have a great presentation and like round 1 they will give you feedback on your viz. My biggest piece of advice is to just devote a lot of time to coming up with a story, working on the viz and rehearsing the presentation. If you don’t make it into the final eight who will be employed, then don’t worry because you can apply to the next cohort and skip straight to round three. After the presentation the panel will ask you some questions about what you made and then you will go into a separate room for a regular job interview. If you have an interest in data, then you need to apply because the training is second to none.
I hope this blog has helped you understand the process more. If you have any worries, then feel free to reach out to me. I will be more then happy to answer any questions. Feel free to email me at mitchell.bliesner@thedataschool.com.au or you can reach me here https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchell-bliesner-81882724b/. A lot of my blogs are going to be on Alteryx (data tool that you will learn at The Data School), but I will try to do one on the basics on creating a dashboard. Below I will also put my initial application viz, its’ iterations as well as the viz for the final presentation. I will see you all in the next blog. Thanks for reading.

Initial Application: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/mitchell.bliesner/viz/TopIMDBMoviesInteractiveDashboard/TopIMDBMovie

Second Iteration: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/mitchell.bliesner/viz/TopIMDBMoviesInteractiveDashboardv2/TopIMDBMoviesv2

Third Iteration: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/mitchell.bliesner/viz/TopIMDBMoviesInteractiveDashboardv3/TopIMDBMoviesv3

Final Interview Viz: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/mitchell.bliesner/viz/DataSchoolFinalInterviewNBA/FinalInterview