On October 4th 2019, I booked to attend Tableau Conference 2019 in Las Vegas. This was going to be my first Tableau conference and I was buzzing.
Since learning about Tableau and the community, I had heard
grand stories about how huge the conference was, how crazy the parties were and
how very American it was. And now, I would get to see it for myself.
In the run up to the conference, I read blogs on how to
prepare and what to do when I get there, I also sourced advice from the Tableau
The tips that kept coming up:
Go to Devs On Stage (keynote where Tableau
developers unveil new features)
Talk to as many people as you can – i.e. network
your ass off
Wear comfortable shoes!
I also got recommendations for various sessions including
ones by Bethany Lyons, attending hands-on workshops, Fanalytics and more.
With so much to do and limited time, I decided to set 3 simple goals only and as long as I accomplished them, I could go home feeling like I’ve gotten something out of it.
This week is DS11’s last week of training. Next week, we’ll all be split up and sent to our placements for the next 6 months. We probably won’t all be back together for a while so I’ve been feeling quite reflective. Throughout the past 4 months, we have done some amazing work and in this post, I would like to highlight the vizzes and blogs that are personally my favourite. DS11 has produced so much useful and incredible content over the past few months and this post can’t possibly cover it all so be sure to check out our Twitters and Tableau Public profiles.
How could I have a favourite viz section and not include this beautiful viz by Ellie. This viz was done for Dashboard Week Day 1 and deservedly got Viz of the Day! Check it out here. Isn’t the snow incredible?!
Now that DS11 are approaching the end of our 4 months of training at the Data School and will soon be shipped off to our first of 4 placements, I have been reflecting on the experience and would like to convince you to apply for the Data School too.
Because it’s an amazing opportunity
Where do I start with this one? A salary of 30k in year one, rising to 35k in year two. That alone is a reason many would want this job but it’s so much more than the pay. You will be taught for four months (paid) by the best in the business. The Information Lab is home to 4 Tableau Zen Masters and 2 Alteryx Aces as well as so many of the brightest in the community. The wealth of knowledge and experience that you will have access to is something enviable for many. The Data School is an opportunity to learn and kickstart your career. By the time your 2.5 years are up, you will have worked at 5 different companies (incl. The Information Lab) and worked with many more clients while you were in training. There is no question that you will be qualified for some amazing jobs afterwards. In fact, if you have taken advantage of the opportunities presented to you in the 2.5 years, you will likely have a choice of jobs to go to.
This time last year, I was a final year Medical Engineering student without a clear career path. Now, I’ve graduated and I have a job that I love – more than I expected to have by this time!
2018 has been an amazing year and I’d like to take a moment to say I am so thankful for my family and friends for supporting me throughout and to everyone at the Data School and the wider data community for welcoming me. Now, on to a recap of the year…
As cliché as it is, time really has flown by. The Data School’s 11th cohort have just completed our 6th week of training and will be beginning our 7th week at the time of this post’s publishing. Crazy right?
With only a couple weeks left until the halfway point of our 4 months of training, I thought I’d reflect on how things have gone so far, major lessons I’ve learned, and what I want to do to make the most of my remaining training time.
What I have done so far, in numbers.
6 weeks of Tableau and Alteryx training
2 client projects
1 client project as project manager
9 blog posts published on the Data School blog (or 10 including this one!)
1 domain purchased for my personal website (here!)
The Data School. DS11. Day one of the next chapter of our lives! A mix of nerves and excitement meant I hardly slept the night before and unfortunately, I came down with a cold. Some paracetamol pills later, I was ringing the buzzer for the Information Lab at 25 Watling Street.
Welcome to my blog and my first ever post 🙂 Let me introduce my story so far…
I graduated from university with an engineering degree in July 2018 without a job lined up. I was now an adult in the real world without any source of income or a clear career path. As you can imagine, it was daunting. After applying to dozens of jobs, ranging from finance jobs to healthcare jobs, I was blessed to find an ad for a Trainee Data Consultant position at the Data School (part of the Information Lab).
Refreshingly, the Data School did not require a CV or cover letter (thank you!). Instead, download Tableau Public, a free visualisation software, and create something amazing. Now I was not expecting much from Tableau but surprisingly, it was so much fun!