You’ve most likely heard, come across or even used this tool in work or at school. It’s frequently used in industries like data management, accounting, programming, and much more. It’s Microsoft Excel.
With its constant appearance in varying industries, coupled with its large amounts of tools and uses, being able to use Excel can be a huge asset for anyone looking to widen their skillset. But how should you go about learning this tool? What course should you take to learn Excel? Find out all that and more by reading on.
What Is Microsoft Excel?
Released in 1987, Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet tool that is capable of calculation, computation, developing visual models, tables, and more. To date, there are over 500 functions that can be used on Excel – making it a versatile and useful tool for almost any industry.
For instance, Excel has the ability to do multiple arithmetic calculations at once – making it ideal for a regular person to calculate their spendings, or even for businesses to check their annual sales. Excel also allows its users to translate their data into different forms of visualisations, making it easy to spot trends within datasets.
Why Should I Learn Microsoft Excel?
As previously mentioned, Microsoft Excel is extremely relevant in this day and age – with many industries actively using this tool for varying purposes. An article by CNBC titled: ‘5 in-demand skills job seekers should include on resumes, according to a labour economist,’ names Microsoft Office as one of their key skills to have – highlighting Excel. The labour economist specifies how Excel skills are “hugely valuable and are required in a vast range of industries and occupations.”
On top of this growing demand for Excel skills, learning Excel could also help in one’s own daily life. You could use it for planning and goal-setting, or you could also use it to keep track of monthly expenses and savings. Overall, learning Excel could have the potential to benefit you in both your career and personal life.
How Long Will It Take To Learn Excel?
As with all learning processes, each person requires a different amount of time to pick up a new skill. However, if you plan on learning Microsoft Excel through a course taught by professionals, this process usually takes a few weeks depending on the curriculum set in place.
To get an idea of how long a basic excel course might take, the Data Analytics Bootcamp; which is a beginner-friendly course that teaches Excel, Structured Query Language (SQL) and Tableau from expert data analysts in Singapore – spans over the course of a few weeks, with a total of 7 lessons (3 hours per lesson).
If you’ve covered the basics and are looking to move on to advanced excel courses, those may take a longer period of time, and may cost more in comparison to basic excel courses.
How Much Are Excel Courses In Singapore?
The course fee ranges across different institutions, and it could also depend on your citizenship and whether or not your company is sponsoring your learning. When researching for courses, be sure to look out course subsidies and/or funding support through SkillsFuture Credits, NTUC UTAP, and IBF Funding.
For instance, the fees for the previously mentioned Data Analytics Bootcamp (self-sponsored) are as follows:
As for company-sponsored costs, the fees vary for different companies. For companies in the finance and banking industries, the costs are as follows:
For companies that are not in the finance and banking industries, the full course fee with GST will be S$2,675 (for foreigners).
What Is The Best Excel Course To Take?
If you’re currently looking to take an Excel course, be sure to ask the following questions to ensure that the course is ideal:
- Will the course be taught by industry professionals?
- Are you able to enter the course as a beginner?
- Are there existing reviews and previous works from students that you’re able to take a look at?
- Are there subsidies/funding support available to help with course fees?
- Are you able to gain a certification at the end of the course to verify your learning?
- Will you be able to apply your knowledge into a project from the course?
With these questions in mind, you’ll be able to find a well-rounded course (like the one previously mentioned) that will allow you to gain an in-demand skill. For more information on the aforementioned’s course topic – data analytics – do check out our blog post: ‘What Salary Will I Earn As A Data Analyst? (2022)’ which shares more about what data analytics is and its salary.
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