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When does the course begin and end?
The course begins when you sign up. It is self-paced. You have 1 year to complete all of the course materials. I will also be around to answer any questions during your enrollment via email, whatsapp (preferred), or Facebook group. Based on my availability, I will do 'live webinars' to answer any student questions. Join my Facebook group, it is extremely important. The content I share everyday is changing lives.
Are there any pre-requisites?
Yes. You should sign up on IBM's website so that you can use the free trial version of the tool to learn. Using the free trial you will have full access to the IBM Cognos Analytics tool. This is the tool that you would be using to create your portfolio of samples for your job interviews.
Do I need to download anything?
No, you do not. But you will need an internet connection and a web-browser like Internet explorer, safari, chrome or firefox.
Do you need a degree or previous work experience?
No, absolutely not. I did not learn how to become a Data Analyst from any college, I learned it on the job. Anybody with average intelligence can learn the tool in other to perform the analytics. You will be delivering reports and colorful dashboards using the Cognos analytics tool based on the company's requirement. If you are creative or business minded it will not feel like work.
How long does it take for me to finish and also get a job?
You can start using your skills immediately. I have had a lot of requests for my services from digital marketing agencies, car dealerships, retailers, sales etc. You can also work for any of the 29000 companies that use IBM Cognos Analytics as a contractor or employee if you fancy that career path. I think a determined person could finish the course within 2 to 3 months. But you have 1 full year to access the course anytime afterwards.
Can I work from home, start my data analytics agency or become a digital nomad?
Yes. Master this tool and you can start attracting your own clients and yes, you can chose to work from anywhere in the world if you become good at it. You can live the digital nomad lifestyle like me, achieve location independence, and you can enjoy the advantages of living abroad. I personally enjoy working from Ghana, Colombia and Brazil. For some people you might just want to be home more so that you can see your kids or avoid the long painful communte to work everyday. My life is good and I am free and happy.
So what can you guarantee besides a job?
I can guarantee that you will have a far better chance than nearly all of your peers after you graduate from my course because you will have a truly potent and useful data related skill. The portfolio of data analytics samples that you would walk away with is critical for success. In the technology field, the portfolio of samples you create is your killer advantage and your superpower. You can simply show them to employers to get hired fast.
Is this programming? Math required? Is it Data Science?
No, this is not a programming course. Yes, you will learn how to use AI to analyze data but you will not be creating any AI models, that is Data Science. You need high school math like addition, subtraction and some percentage calculations, that is all. No, this is not a data science course but it could be a great beginner course for those who wish to study Machine learning or Al or Data science in general.
How is the Congos Data Analytics course structured?
The Cognos Data Analytics course is structured into modules. Each module covers each critical feature available within the tool. Module lessons begin with the beginner basics and then moves on to more advanced concepts.