To adapt to dynamic career challenges, people are starting to equip themselves with new and upcoming skills. If you wish to stay relevant and up-to-date with the needs of the digital world, constantly learning new skills is the solution. This is my story of how I transitioned from an Industrial engineer to an Analytics Manager.
I worked as an Industrial Engineer for two years at First American India Pvt. Ltd. Since I was always fascinated with data, I changed my domain and got the role of Assistant Manager for Data Analysis and started working in MISD (Multiple Instruction, Single Data).
During my role, I worked primarily with Excel for all data-related work. I was able to work with graphs and pictorial representations, but there was not much else I could do on Excel. One time, the management asked me to show them the top performers or the bottom liners, and with Excel’s limitations, I couldn’t do it. With the amount of data coming in, I felt that there has to be a better way to express data.
When I saw my colleagues in different departments working with different tools such as Tableau, Power BI, Data Studio, and R Studio, I realized that they were getting work done more in-depth. Most importantly, this opened my eyes to a whole new field of data analytics.
Since no one knew how to use Tableau in my division, I decided to learn and introduce it to my team to learn better from data.
I started training myself through online videos and attending live classes. However, they were not as professional and interactive as I had hoped for. The demos were not well organized and the instructors were not trained enough. They lacked interactive and communication skills mostly due to the fact that they were part-timers who were professionals in their own organization. They only focused on basic courses, and not everyone was able to follow their pace. I knew I needed trainers and professionals who had an in-depth knowledge of Tableau.
The Simplilearn Solution
When I googled Tableau courses, Simplilearn was the first result that came up. With anticipation, I looked through a lot of other sites as well and compared all the curriculums. Simplilearn’s curriculum looked far more advanced and structured than all the rest.
I started my course with Simplilearn in October 2018 when I signed up for the course and received a call from one of Simpilearn’s sales executives. The sales executive was easily able to put all my doubts to rest about the course curriculum, the instructors, the amount of interaction I would get with instructors and so on. Even before the course started, I felt that they had good knowledge about how the course would be.
With my past experience, I was very skeptical about the way the instructor would train. However, the batch was a mix of beginners, moderates, and experienced people and the trainer was easily able to handle all the three types of learners. The course was well structured and the quality of training was very good. Some of the highlights from the course were maps, heatmaps, country and state, pictorial representation of maps, tooltip and parameter control.
The one thing that I liked the most about Simplilearn’s training process was the surveys taken after every two days. When the trainer was too fast or too slow for some learners, they were able to raise their concerns and the feedback would be incorporated by the trainer.
This made the training highly interactive as I was easily able to communicate with not just the trainer but with the other learners from all over the world as well.
I hit a roadblock with Simplilearn’s final project for certification. I got in touch with my trainer to get some hep and he was there for the entire duration of my project. I was able to finish the project exceptionally well and got my certification.