BI Reporting: Excel Stuff

Following on from my post yesterday, I wanted to give a small update. I’m now halfway through the Excel certification that contributions to the BI Reporting badge and I am learning some useful new features. As I mentioned before, I’ve been using PowerPivot for around 4 months, and while I’m aware there is still much to Read More

Getting Certified in BI Reporting

From looking into the learning around Power BI, it seems like the difficult part is combining data and adding calculated measures. For the last 9 months, I’ve been using Power Query and for the last 4 months I’ve been using Power Pivot. Both of these are the backend in Power BI that drive all the data Read More

Preparing Myself For The Future

Something that I have always been comfortable and good at is learning new work skills. My Excel skills for example have only gotten better and better and been the backbone of my career for the last 5 years. With all of the different jobs I’ve undertaken that were heavily Excel focused, I’ve also developed great analytical Read More

Getting Up To Speed For Data Science: Attitude

At the end of last year I was losing faith in my ability to study Data Science. Even though I had had a good first contact week, the material was incredibly difficult for me to understand. Following that, I wanted to work hard on my maths, but really had to start at a much lower point Read More

Organising Bookmarks More Usefully

One of the troubles with attempting to be a self-driven learner is that organising everything is up to you. Being in control of how and when learning happens is great, but being told what to learn and when and being directed to the material simplifies so much! So this is what I’m lamenting after my contact Read More

Getting Up To Speed For Data Science: Maths

As I mentioned in previous posts, I’ve just finished my second contact week with the Uni for my apprenticeship and I am re-motivated to learn. The maths is the thing that has me the most stumped, so I’m going to take charge and stop hoping that the material I’m struggling with will suddenly make sense. Luckily, Read More

Data Science Contact Week 2: Finished!

Today marks the end of my second contact week for my Data Science apprenticeship. My main takeaway is the same as last time, I should not be so worried about being behind, if I just put in the hours, I’ll be fine. After this week, I can even envision myself getting ahead as we now have Read More

I Underestimated Data Science

I didn’t realise I was going to have to learn Linear Algebra and Calculus for this degree. It was silly of me really to so far underestimate what I would need to learn. From what I had read online, python or r can do all the work for you, you just need to learn the language Read More

Data Science Contact Week 1: Finished!

My first face to face contact week with the university professors is over. In some ways I’m relieved because the hours have been long, as has the commute, and the work has been tiring. But I will also miss it, because I’ve enjoyed the structured learning as well as collaborating and bonding with fellow students. I’ve Read More