So the random request via meetup.com to get schooled on excel went great.
We met up at the deli eating area at Wholefoods in the next town over from where I live. It turns out that the guy had recently moved down to the ATL from Washington DC after getting out of the Army. He didn’t share a lot of details about his spreadsheet and data but indicated that he was trying to get a better job and transitioning to civilian life. The file looked like it was some kind of project from a job training program… maybe something from the Army or some kind of contractor that works with Vets.
Anyways, it was awesome to see the light bulb going off in his head as I showed him stuff with exel and helped him work through the assignment.
This guy laurento made comment below in the original post
and I couldn’t disagree more. I think excel is a great tool, prolific even. Plus, I’ve made a ton of money by being good at excel over the years.
When I finished college, I had $50 to my name and about $10K in debt. The $50 I had was the remainder of the safety deposit from my apt. The landlord kept the rest for “cleaning and damages”… anyways, I had a job lined up already but it didn’t start until the end of the summer.
I got about a thousand bucks in grad gift money from friends and family but then had to get new tires and a new clutch in order to drive cross-country to NY where the job was starting in Aug so there went the thousands bucks and I was back to being broke for two months.
So I went to a temp agency hoping to get some work doing light industrial driving a forklift in a warehouse or something. But since I had just gotten a BSME, they made me take a computerized test to “assess my skills”. By the time I got back to my parents house, I had a message from the agency… they already had a gig lined up. Turns out I had “scored really high” on the excel section of their test and they had a job at a bank lined up. I told them that I wanted to work at a warehouse, not a bank, and I think they said something like “no way”.
So I took the gig, it was good, air conditioned, in a nice part of town…. this in Phoenix were June-July are hot and dirty. I ended up just having to manually fix thousands of lines of transactions gone wrong in a database. Apparently, the bank had upgraded one of their systems and messed up a ton of transactions. Everyday, I came in and got a big stack of messed up transactions, and I worked all day line by line, entering fixes into their system. I ended up making a couple of thousand bucks, I think it was twelve bucks an hour.
So my excel skills have carried far since then. I recently just got a 5K raise for my willingness and desire to learn new tools beyond excel like R and JMP…I got the raise before I even know how to use them…[my mind kinda blown]. Anyways, you gotta start somewhere, and I was really happy to be helping this guy get started. And I’m hoping that he sees similar success. He was all like, man! you could totally be a consultant, and was very grateful.
Here’s to the future!