How Data School Australia is balancing technical and soft s…


A true data professional is often described as someone who can balance technical competency with business know-how and the softer skills or being able to listen and communicate effectively.

It’s a rare requirement, but one the UK-based Data School is striving to instil in its graduates, including the first cohort who were recently welcomed into Data School Australia.

Founder, Tom Brown, told CMO Data School was created as an initiative of the data specialist company, MIP, in response to a huge data skills shortage, particularly with the software products, Tableau and Alteryx.

To date, it has graduated eight cohorts of students in the UK, with two more progressing through the program, and an 11th group currently being recruited. With more than 100 applications for every available place, Brown said Data School is highly selective in terms of who it brings on board.

“It doesn’t just find the typical people you might expect on a graduate training program,” he said. “We are looking for people who are passionately interested in working with data.”

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