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The right amount and type of Excel skills for management position?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Luwak, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Luwak

    Luwak New Member

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    Hi all,

    I am in a management position and have been working with Excel for many years. Recently I realized that my skills and knowledge are quite pathetic so I started doing an online course to refresh and expand my Excel skills. I strongly believe that becoming more Excel literate will help my in my career. Seeing again what is possible in terms of data visualization makes me quite excited, but I am wondering how deep I should let myself get into this rabbit hole of Excel awesomeness. I surely have some catching up to do on the basics, but after that what should I focus on to spend my limited time most effectively on specific skills that will help me in my career (instead of turning me into a data analyst)?
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  2. AliGW

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    With respect, without knowing anything at all about the nature of your job and intended career aspirations, it's practically impossible to answer. Having said this, as a pupil data analyst myself (alongside my teaching duties), I am creating a data visualisation system for our school using Power BI, so getting down that rabbit hole and continuing to do so has been beneficial to me.
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  3. Luwak

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    Thanks, I realize that my description was a bit minimalist. I am currently director of an SME production company where we do production outsourcing. I would like to use Excel to get a better grip on the business. At the moment I am enjoying the learning experience, but rationally speaking it would probably make more sense to hire a consultant as opposed to trying to do things myself. Anyway, after the basics I would like to focus on tracking business performance (KPI's, financial reports etc.)
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  4. AliGW

    AliGW Active Member

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    So assuming you have Office for business, your company should have access to Power BI - just Google it and check it out. There is a free trial you can get.
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  5. Luwak

    Luwak New Member

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    Yes Power BI looks impressive and as I understand can also handle data from other sources than Excel.
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