Ultimate Guide to Excel Training | Find the Right Class for You
Excel is the most popular data software in the world. It’s features, functions and wide ranging capabilities drastically improve efficiency, accuracy and productivity. Many professions absolutely require a sound understanding of the software at a minimum, and users who can fully take advantage of everything Excel has to offer strongly improve their chances of having a lifetime of comfortable employment.
Excel Training for a Better (Paying) Job
The number of jobs that incorporate excel into their workflow is vast. According to a new study from Capital One Financial Corp. and Burning Glass Technologies, “…about 80 percent of middle-skill job openings list some kind of digital proficiency as a prerequisite for employment.”
The same report went on to state that, “Middle-skill jobs that just require Word and Excel skills and no other digital skill pay a median of $22.66 an hour compared to $20.14 for middle-skill jobs that don’t require digital know-how, according to the report.”
Job market expert Laurence Shatkin did a study where he divided 836 occupations into 5 categories, and added 3 salary quintiles to each category. He split each salary quintile based on workers with knowledge of excel and those without.
The results were clear; across the board employees who knew how to use excel were paid more. The salary discrepancy between their non-excel counterparts became greater the more complex and higher level the occupation was.
Take Excel Training Because There’s More to the Software Than You Think
There are a lot of reasons to master Excel beyond just the tasks you need completed at work. Understanding its wider range of features and advanced techniques will open up doors you didn’t know existed. When this happens, you can now innovate how your work is done, or accomplish really difficult data tasks quickly and in a way that gets you noticed (think promotions, raises, more responsibility at your job).
We segment our training of Excel into three groups – beginner, intermediate and advanced. But we also add on courses called “expert techniques”, Excel VBA and “pivot tables” because the features in Excel are simply so vast.
Ask yourself if you’re familiar with all of these Excel concepts. If you’re not, Excel training on some level is a great investment for your career.
Intro Level Description: The excel skills developed in this course help greatly with real world scenarios. It focuses on some of the most important, basic and foundational aspects of the software. For new Excel users, even this level will open your eyes to how much is possible with this great software.
- Understand spreadsheet basics and terminology
- Apply formulas and cell references
- Use copy and view formulas and absolute references
- Apply the AutoSum, Average, Max, Count, CountA and Min functions to sets of data
- Find and replace
- Use non-contiguous ranges
- Learn different chart types, styles and elements
- Insert SmartArt graphics, conditional formatting
- Optimize your spreadsheets for print and presentation for page formatting options
Intermediate Level Description: With advanced calculations and new ways to filter, segment and display data – intermediate excel training can really empower an employee. You’ll be able to share your data and information in a much more sophisticated way.
- Implement 3-D formulas to calculate data across worksheets
- Modify links to data
- Apply the consolidate command
- Make auto subtotals
- Create and edit named ranges
- Use 3-D names for more than one spreadsheet
- Sort data and info. into more than one column
- Use structured references
- Familiarize yourself with the document inspector tool, trace and track changes
- Invent data validation rules
- Set custom auto-fills
- Make a Pivot Table, which aggregates data from multiple spreadsheets
Advanced Level Description: Advanced level Excel classes work wonders for those who do financial analysis, but they’re also great for less complex tasks that need to be solved. Have you been searching for a formula to work around that tough data problem but haven’t been able to find it? Advanced excel training is where you can get a solution.
- Implement logical functions
- Do an open loan analysis
- Use conditional functions
- Apply PMT functions to calculate payments on a loan
- Take advantage of text functions
- Create date functions
- Learn how to use array formulas to achieve numerous calculations on different data sets
- Use Lookups and data tables
- Know VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP
- Apply MATCH functions
- Run macros the instantly execute various tasks
- Use the web query feature to pull in data from the Internet
- Apply Goal Seek to adjust variables for a target out
Expert Techniques with Excel: Excel is a software with endless possibilities, and as such we’ve created a one off for people who want to wizards with the software. A lot of the best practices and tactics covered in this excel training aren’t covered anywhere else.
- Ranking data with statistical and analytical functions
- Advanced pivot table analysis, grouping data
- Changing the relationship of pivot table data
- Intro to excel dashboards
- Applying conditional formatting
- Using slicers to filter data in a visual way
- Advanced macro techniques
- Setting macros, recording macros and viewing and editing macro code
- Making and applying ‘if’ ‘then’ and ‘else’ statements
- Assigning macros to toolbars
Excel VBA: During this excel training, Excel VBA terminology is covered as well as an overview of object properties and methods. You’ll learn how to attach code to events and buttons, and apply an Object Browser. You’ll be able to use decision structures, add user forms, identify compile-time runtime and logical errors in code, among many other things
- Decision-making code
- Understand scope of procedures
- Implicit and explicit variable declaration is covered
- How to start and use Visual Basic Editor
- How to use various data types
- Create custom dialogue boxes
- Creating a UserForm
- Lots more
All about Pivot Tables: When processing data, you can use a pivot table to provide a summarization within your spreadsheets. The pivot table will sort, count, calculate averages and more on just one table within a single spreadsheet, while showing the results on a second table. You can also use pivot tables for cross tabulations. The name pivot tables comes from the users’ ability to rotate data (or pivot data) between tables.
- PivotTable structures, rows, labels and columns
- Reviewing source data, populating tables, change appearance
- Data regions and data options
- Refreshing pivot tables
- Make changes to source data to create multiple pivot tables
- Setting pivot table options and fields – changing default report and default global settings
- Grouping data in text and detail fields
- Sorting through pivot table values, creating custom lists
- Creating calculated fields
- Lots more
What Type of Excel Training Is Best for You?
DIY education or “Google University” as some people call it, is not an option for most. On top of “knowing what you don’t know,” as well as knowing what sources to trust, and knowing what to Google when your first Google search fails, it’s a far lengthier process than simply sitting down with an instructor or working with them online.
In person training comes with many benefits. For one, you can align your objectives with the curriculum. Video tutorials and prepackaged training don’t have that flexibility. If you have questions or need clarity, there’s no other way to get an explanation other than hitting rewind and watching something you’ve just seen. If replaying the video doesn’t advance your understanding of the concept in any way, you’re totally out of luck.
Students need a teacher than can think on their feet. Instructors who have taught a topic for years have heard students’ most common questions before and know what answers they need. It might seem like reading or watching videos online is the fastest way to learn something, but an instructor has a custom, correct answer for you right away and on demand.
With lots of different options available for online an in-person training, a potential student really needs to track down accurate review data (Yelp, Goolge Plus, etc.). Make sure you check out a company’s online reviews before purchasing any training.
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