Back in September I was involved in the Deloitte Data Analytics Academy. It was both challenging and rewarding.
Funded academy was funded by the Department for Employment and Learning, and was run at Belfast Metropolitan College’s E3 building.
I was asked to provide training material on Data Analysis and Visualisation for the course, and to write and deliver training on SQL Server 2012.
The Data Analysis Academy students were all graduates with a 2:1 or above but didn’t come from a Computer Science background. Nevertheless the selection process was rigorous and students were all highly intelligent.
This week, a high proportion of the class received job offers, based on available roles in Deloitte. If last year is anything to go by, the others should be snapped up quickly. And rightly so. In my first feedback session with Deloitte in September, I was asked what I thought of this year’s group and impulsively replied, “well, you haven’t got any numptys”; I’ve had that quoted back to me a few times now
Feedback from Deloitte was that last year’s cohort were out-performing their Computer Science degree-holding counterparts on many fronts. This year expectations are high, but I know they’ll do equally well.
To the victors: good luck in your new career!