Making Excel work for you!

I don’t know about you, but there was once a time when if someone mentioned the words “Microsoft Excel”, my heart-rate would quicken, my palms would become sweaty, and an overwhelming sense of dread would begin to creep from the pit of my stomach- right through every nerve and sinew of my body. This is not an exaggeration as my old-self, and many others find Excel intimidating, complicated, inaccessible, and daunting. But what if I told you that it didn’t have to be that way, and that once you get to grips with it, Excel is a tool that can actually increase your efficiency and productivity?

When used correctly, Excel can save you time, keep you more organised, and complete many tasks that would have otherwise been laborious and complicated if done manually. Whether you work in an office in any sector, run a small business, are an entrepreneur, or even looking for a way to manage your contacts or accounts- Excel can provide a simple solution.

But it is getting to grips with its intricacies that poses a problem for many, and this is where the range of Excel courses provided by Holistic Institute of Technologies comes in. Holistic offer a selection of five different training packages that cover every level of learning from basic to advanced, as well as Excel for specific technical purposes. The courses are delivered in manageable, bitesize modules by a certified Excel genius and will transform even the most confused user, to a spreadsheet whiz in just a few sessions.

The Excel Core training course is perfect for those that quake at the thought of using the programme. It lays out the basics, its capabilities, and gives you the skills you need to master it over the course of one day. Starting with the creation of workbooks and worksheets, it then introduces an overview of other timesaving features such as Macros and Autofill, and how to create simple formulae and format worksheets. At the end of the course, students will be able to create and manage worksheets, create and format cell data, apply formulas and functions, present data visually, and also give them the ability to analyse and organise both inputted and outputted data.

The Excel Expert training course is the perfect follow up to Excel Core, or a great entry point for those that have a level of confidence within the programme already. If you know how to run calculations and filter and sort numeric data then this course will allow you to further develop and expand on your existing knowledge. Students will tackle how to automate common tasks, how to apply advanced analysis techniques to more complex data sets such as Pivot Tables, how to link your worksheets with others, and how to import and export data using Power Views.

Getting a bit more technical, VBA for Excel teaches students to make the most of the programming possibilities in Excel. VBA for Excel will teach participants about the Visual Basic Editor, declaring variables, constants and data types, and will give you the knowledge you need to write your first VBA function. It will also provide in-depth guidance on decision structures, loop structures, complex exercises, and user forms, which will allow users to realise Excels potential as a powerful tool for the manipulation and analysis of present data.

Did you know that it is now possible to process millions of rows of Data in Excel? What this means for you is that you can use the programme to gain deeper business insight and shorter decision making cycles. With the Power BI training course, you will learn how to consolidate and mine data from multiple sources, investigate trends, create dashboards, and most importantly- make sense of your business data. As daunting as this may sound, with the right knowledge, this can be done with a few clicks within Excel and the results will provide you with the business intelligence that you need to succeed.

This course is designed with supervisors, managers in mind, but it will also be of use to team members who need the ability to summarise, report, and analyse data. The Data Analysis & Business Modelling training course provides learners with the skills they need to use Excel for reporting and business modelling for decision making, using real-world business scenarios. You can utilise the programme to evaluate investments and financial decisions, ensure accurate data entry, summarise data using histograms and PivotTables, and even estimate business variables using trend curves present in the data. There are programmes out there that charge you thousands to offer this kind of function, but with the right skill set under your belt, you can utilise Excel to do it for you.

Whether you are a beginner looking for an efficient way to handle your accounts, or an expert who wants to perform in-depth analysis of important financial or business data, corporate training in the functions and capabilities of Excel is a must.

Remember it doesn’t have to be scary, and we promise that once you get to grips with it, you will not only be more productive and efficient in your work, but you will wonder how you ever managed without it in the first place!