I made a mistake at work yesterday in a process I developed and know back to front. It was only a single step, but a crucial one. It is so frustrating when you know that the only person you can really blame is yourself. But there is one lesson I can take away from this, that Read More
It is not uncommon for me to compare my last job with this one and feel grateful for what I’m doing now. Today I found myself there again. Recently I’ve been tracking my working time on Toggl, not everything but close enough. Today, all my time spent working on the report came to less than an Read More
Yesterday I was a little concerned about my new study plan. I felt like I was falling short. This morning I made up some of the time I had missed on my plan. It didn’t take long to plug the gap and I was actually more eager to study because I wanted to prove to myself Read More
Today I attend a one-day course to learn some business strategies and tactics. It was led by an instructor with years of experience who obviously knew what he was talking about. He asked us our particular business problems and we shared them with him, and he gave example answers that would help us think of ways Read More
The more you learn, the more you realise how much there is left to learn. I was reminded of this important lesson today when I was trying to use a smarter way to populate an Excel report and came up against some challenges. Even though the way I was preparing the report was much better than Read More
One of my hopes for this blog, and generally the content I share here, is that it may help others who find themselves somewhere on the same path as I am. That may be where they’ve learned enough Excel to be able to list it as one of their skills, and they want to know where Read More
After such a busy weekend, I started looking at what my next steps should be. After some research, I found articles saying that working across four different departments within an industry can boost your career as much as an MBA. Although I haven’t yet worked across four different departments in retail, I’m not far off from Read More
Yesterday I stated my aim for this weekend to complete four courses. With a combined recommended study time of 12 weeks, this is going to be pretty hard! Having already begun the PowerQuery and Critical Thinking courses, I have a small head start, but still a long way to go. Better get cracking!
This weekend my goal is to shed the Excel guy image by developing proper analyst skills. Excel skills are something I don’t worry about too much any more, as I’ve got my usage of formulas, charts, VBA and pivot tables to a degree where I can do pretty much whatever I want within Excel. The next Read More
After a quick search through my old posts, it seems like I’ve skipped one of my favourite resources for advancing careers. When I was just getting started out, discovering this website and following its advice had a tremendous impact on me. The site in question is The Muse, and I really should have mentioned it before!