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1. Let me share my #MSExcel story to encourage learning.

Despite being an accounting student, the 1st time I saw MS Excel was during the 6 months #EndASSUstrike of 2003 or so, I was in 300L. I enrolled for a Desktop publishing training at a business centre.
2. Desktop Publishing was very popular then, following the Y2K computer compliance. Someone came to the business centre to do some printing jobs. The operator opened MS Excel to calculate his cost and I wondered what the grid lines were all about. I wanted to know more.
3. He couldn't really teach or tell me more about it as his focus was on Corel Draw but I was amazed at how some grid lines would add up figures. Seeing A,B,C....on one side and 1,2,3 on another side with lines joining them, for me was a miracle. I was very fast with typing
4. So, the operator would pass some MS word jobs to me to type. I became friends with some ANTP members because I would type their entire script in 2 days. It was fun but for me, it gave me unlimited access to a computer & launched my sojourn to being Excel-lent .
5. Internet access was expensive then and I couldn't learn at home because I had no computer. The business centre was my only learning point, so, every opportunity I had was a blessing. I would close late and resume early. It got to a point the shop owner gave me his keys.
6. With my wpm, I was an asset to him but he didn't know I was using his computer to learn MS Excel. School resumed early 2004, I left with my little knowledge, thinking I already knew it all. Guess what, I was raising shoulder on SUM and IF functions.
7. Sometimes later, I came in touch with CONCATENATE. That was when I realised I knew nothing. I increased my learning and got my first Excel contract of N150k in 2004. I was in 400L and my monthly allowee was just N5k.
8. The contract was to automate a school's result computation using excel. In 2008, I joined SystemSpecs as an ERP consultant all because I was good with #Data. Left for Banking in 2010 as MIS Officer & back to SystemSpecs again in 2012. Left finally in March 2014.
To start Business Intelligence & Data Services.

Today, I eat Data, I teach Data, I speak Data and I love Data.

You can be whoever you choose to be but if you choose to learn MS Excel/ Data Analysis in 2019, please follow @WaleMicaiah @StatiSense @dbrownAnalyst

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