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

Blogs Are Awesome Because…

Blogs are awesome because they can be about anything in the world that you want them to be. My personal blog right here for example, is about Data Science, Business Analysis, Excel and my life. Maybe I could focus on just one topic, but to me that would be dull and you wouldn’t get a flavour Read More

Timeular First Impressions

You may remember this Kickstarter from a couple years ago: I wanted one for myself for a long time, but sometimes I forgot and sometimes I felt that the price was too steep. I’ve changed my mind about the expense as I’ve been getting frustrated with just HOW MUCH MAINTENANCE regular time-tracking requires. Also I came Read More

Data Science Contact Week 1 Day 1

Today was my first proper learning week with the University since enrolling on the apprenticeship. I was terrified yesterday because I hadn’t been preparing enough according to the web portal and I thought I would be way behind everyone else. Nah, today there was chaos and disorganisation almost all round. Some people didn’t even have access Read More

Gitgud At Excel, Fast

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time should know that I am a whiz at Excel. I have graduated from the Excel guy to analyst now, but for a good few years I was the Excel guy and becoming an analyst has only expanded my Excel skills further. So one thing that Read More

Internal Company Blogs Are A Thing!?

I may not be a big talker, but I love communication. Why else would I blog? Something that comes into my mind now and then is communication at the workplace. It’s easy to just start a chat in the kitchen while making a cup of tea with anyone, which I really like. And Microsoft Teams makes Read More

I Am Excited For Monday

Today I am not going on holiday. It is not my birthday. I have not won anything. I am not attending a special event. Today I am going back to work, as usual, after the normal weekend off. So why am I excited? Well, I had a very busy week last week, a lot to do Read More

The Death Of The Desktop Is A Tragedy

Something you often notice in modern workplaces is that a lot of people are working from laptops, even when they have a desk and never move it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, portability is inherently useful and more easily allows remote working after all. Remote working is the way to go! But when you have Read More

Some Quick Tips For Success With Power Query

PowerQuery is an amazing addition to Excel. It can transform entire columns of data in a couple of clicks. It can unpivot monthly trackers, instantly normalising the data. You can use it to stitch multiple csv/txt files together just by pointing it at a folder. And it can read, import and transform any sheets or tables Read More