Don’t be scared away by the thought that data analytics is too complicated to learn. You can become proficient in just a couple of days to a level far above the vast majority of the UK workforce.
You will discover on this resettlement course that most data analytics is done in Microsoft Excel by people with only a rudimentary knowledge of the product. For most companies, data analytics skills are used to create simple dashboards for use by executives at monthly review meetings. People who know a little more about analytics, as much as you will learn on this resettlement course, produce dashboards that management can interact with to answer more questions and decide on actions during the meeting.
The more basic analytics leave questions unanswered and decisions postponed until the next meeting. Depending on the area of the armed forces you have served with you might be shocked at how often business leaders defer decisions through lake of data.
Taking a resettlement course in data analytics will provide you with the skills to be a rock star in your new occupation. The dashboards you will be able to create will put you in the spotlight as the go to person in your company for data analysis.
Why is this resettlement course so important?
A survey published in September 2016 found that a knowledge of data analytics is more sought after by recruiting managers than a second language, job experience or management experience.
“Our research found that UK business leaders would be willing to offer a 30% higher salary to someone who is data proficient over one who isn’t,” commented Stuart Wilson, VP EMEA, Alteryx, Inc. Alteryx is a leading enabler of data analytics.
The main driver behind this huge demand for analytics skills is the push for self-service analytics. This takes the onus for analysis away from the IT department and has a person in each department who can analyse that department data. As mentioned earlier, most of this involves Microsoft Excel, much cursing and the loss of several days productivity every month.
There is a better way. There is data visualisation. There are very few people with this skill and two days of resettlement training will put you well ahead of the majority.
This resettlement course covers:
- What is data analytics and why should I care
- Data visualisation best practices
- Building analytics with the user in mind
- Working with Microsoft Excel – sometimes it’s all you have
- The basics of Mocrosoft PowerBI – often free as part of your companies Microsoft licence
- Using Tableau Desktop to create dashboard that are interactive, easy to understand and make you look like a rock star
During the resettlement course you will work through a variety of scenarios to solve real business problems with data analysis. You will discover that ‘it ain’t rocket science.’ And by the end of the course you will be confident in creating charts in Microsoft Excel, and dashboards in PowerBI and Tableau Desktop.
We will also show you how to distribute your dashboards using Tableau Reader, including tricks on how to do this with a good level of data security. This alone could help you save your new employer the hundreds of thousands of dollars they would otherwise have to spend on Tableau’s more expensive sharing systems.
The last part of the resettlement course will be setting you up with a free Tableau Public account and uploading a few dashboards that you can show prospective employers as proof of your analytics skills.
Everything you learn will revolve around the needs of the people who will use your dashboards. Very often these will be viewed across the world in boardrooms, checked by sales people on their tablets just before a meeting or queried by engineers looking for the most commonly occurring fault.
Probably the most valuable learning you will take away from your resettlement course on data analytics is the knowledge that a great dashboard starts with an understanding of the user.
A management dashboard will allow senior managers to browse through product and regions to get a general idea of how the company is doing. A sales management dashboard will go deeper into individual sales performance, number of calls made, conversion ratios and margin. A marketing dashboard will show the campaigns that have been run, allow drill-down into performance overall and of individual campaigns.
You will learn that you don’t have to commit that last list to memory. You get your list of requirements by talking to the end user you are making the dashboards for, in most cases it will be for your immediate manager or even for use within your own department. But you will soon be called upon from higher up the chain to provide your much needed analytical skills.
To attend this resettlement course you will need basic computer skills and a willingness to learn.