Ricardo Santos

Ricardo studied Civil Engineering in his hometown of Lisbon, Portugal mostly because of his passion for urban planning and transportation systems. During the course, he first came in contact with some basic data analysis techniques and that’s when he first realised the power of data. After moving to Sydney in October 2018, he eventually found out about Tableau and The Data School when looking for new job opportunities. In his spare, time Ricardo is likely to be found reading or exploring Sydney’s amazing coastal walks.

Portugal’s ageing population

Day 4 of Dashboard Week coincided with the World's Population Day. We were given https://www.gapminder.org/data/ website to use as a data source and build a viz on whatever ticked our interest. While exploring the countless datasets available I thought it would be...

What does it take to be player of the match?

After a day out on shadowing one of MIP's consultants work for a client, I'm back to The Data School for Dashboard Week's day 3. Today we had a go at a dataset on the 2019 Cricket's World Cup which is just days away from the final. This is where I have to admit that I...

How to ace the Tableau Certification Exam

If you're preparing to take the Tableau Certified Associate Exam, and you're not sure if you're ready yet, or if just want some tips on how to best prepare for it, then this post is for you! Of course, this is not the only blog post you'll read on this topic. I was...

Using Google’s Geolocation API

Makeover Monday's week 21 dataset was about bear attacks in the United States and Canada since 1901. Given the type of data, I thought it would be interesting to plot the attack sites on a map, somehow. However, there were no coordinates on the dataset, only info...

My trips in Sydney – Part 1

In this blog post, I'll be taking you through the steps that I took to parse data from a series of PDF files containing records from my public transport trips in Sydney. A second post that I will publish next week will be showing a Tableau visualisation of that data...

Tableau tips and tricks

It has now been four months since I first learned that there was a data visualisation tool called Tableau. Like a kid who has just been given the newest gadget on the market, I started exploring what I could do with it and immediately it blew my mind away. 'Just drag...

Overcoming the fear of public speaking

We're still only two weeks in, but for me, one of the best things about The Data School is that it focuses on soft skills as well as hard skills. I believe that this is the right way to prepare us for the task ahead - we'll never be good consultants if we're not able...

Getting into The Data School Down Under

Ever since updating my LinkedIn professional experience with the Data School gig earlier this week I started receiving messages from people in my network asking all kinds of things. Some wanted to know how I got in and what they could do to have a successful application while others were curious about what it’s like once you’re in.
So this as a personal account on my path towards Tableau, finding out about Data School, my experience through the application process, and some final thoughts on this first week.