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.