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You'll spend four months learning the best data analytics technologies from industry leading coaches. Once your training is complete, you'll gain experience working with multiple clients for 2 years, leaving you with valuable cross industry experience and networks.

Who are we looking for?

You are extremely curious and keen to learn
You are happy to share your knowledge with others
You are open to feedback and to improve based on it

Who are we?

The Data School is the training arm of The Information Lab, the leading Tableau and Alteryx partner across Europe and beyond.

The Information Lab has helped 1000's of companies to make sense of data and since 2015, we have trained 100's of people to provide a springboard into careers in Data Analytics through The Data School.

We established The Data School to address the Data Analytics skills shortage and to give people a way to gain experience in one of the most sought after specialisms in business today. Data Analytic skills are a shortcut to a fascinating and rewarding career.

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What’s The Data School all about?

New to data or never heard of Tableau and Alteryx? Not a problem! The Data School is training the next generation of data analysts and, particularly, Tableau and Alteryx specialists. For four months, you’ll be taught by some of the world's best Tableau and Alteryx users. You will also learn broader skills about storing, managing and presenting data, as well as personal skills to help boost your confidence in becoming an exceptional consultant. Then you’ll take part in four placements, where you’ll have the opportunity to use these skills to directly help our customers with their data.

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Who is welcome?

Everyone! There are no entry requirements that relate to your background, education or existing technical skills. Some of us do have strong technical backgrounds (in maths or data), but equally others have backgrounds in industries and interests as varied as journalism or hospitality and amongst us, we have both career starters and career changers. We want to continue to encourage a wider group to join us – not only with varied professional backgrounds but also cultural backgrounds. We know that our differences give us strength and that a greater variety of viewpoints leads to better insight into data. The only common ground needed therefore is a passion for the subject.

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What are the Benefits?

Competetive salary, increasing after one year
Generous paid holiday allowance
Laptop and mobile phone provided
Regular and continuous support in your personal and professional development

What is it like to work here?

Whether in training or on placement, you always have support from our internal community of 300+ data professionals. You'll find it easy to get help on technical and not-so-technical matters from the whole team. We have pod and mentor systems to provide that extra layer of personal help, provide a social experiance and to introduce you to the wider company.

You will be encouraged to keep on learning and to share what you’ve learned in the form of blog posts, videos, talks, and any other way you want. You'll build a portfolio of work that you can carry with you into your career.

We’re committed to making The Information Lab a welcoming place for everyone, regardless of race, religion, religious belief, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation and know that this makes us a better place to work and in a better place to serve our customers. We have a flat hierarchy and a transparent way of working, everyone is encouraged to put forward their views.

The feeling that no time is ever wasted because you learn from every experience at The Information Lab. It really encourages me to try things, and feels great when you finally get it working or find someone who can help you get there.

George Dafoulas
Kolsuma Aktar
DS 13

It's a great place to work with a promising career ahead, following the stellar training and placements.

The application process is perfect as it truly asks you for what you can do rather than apologise for what you don't have. I didn't need to worry about being a fresh graduate nor having little-to-no coding skills.

George Dafoulas
Seffana Mohamed-Ajaz
DS 12

Sounds great, how do I apply?

Join Tableau
Find Inspiration
Get Data
Create Your Viz
Share It
The Interview

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Join Tableau
1. Join Tableau

Join the community and download Tableau Public by creating a new account. For tips on how to get started, these videos are great.

Find Inspiration
2. Find Inspiration

From the submissionsof our very first class, to the Tableau Public Gallery, there’s brilliant examples for you to look at and research. Need more inspiration, check out Coach Andy’s page to see what previous cohorts have created to get into The Data School.

Get Data
3. Get Data

Choose any data set you want! We mean it; from politics to sport, TV and popular culture. Tableau provide many data sets on theirresources page. Still unsure of what data to use? Check out the 90+ datasets available on the Makeover Monday website. Our top tip is to find data that interests you.

Create Your Viz
4. Create Your Viz

Now the fun begins! Once you have your data set, you can begin creating your winning viz! Once it’s ready, publish it for all to see. Need help? Get in touch with any of the team or coaches! We’re more than happy to give advice and guidance. There are plenty of training videos on Tableau Public and tons of tips written by Data Schoolers past and present.

Share It
5. Share It

Once your work is live on Tableau Public and collecting love from the community, click on ‘Apply Now’ button below for the cohort you wish to apply for! Let our team of coaches help improve your viz. We review all visualisations sent our way and if you get it in early, we’ll provide feedback for you to make it even better. While you’re at it, send us a nice note too. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

6. Interview

If we see passion, creativity and a flair for data, we'll follow up with you personally and invite you in for an interview with the team.

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    Frequently asked questions

    When will the application process for the next intake start?

    We are always accepting applications and you may apply for any open cohort at any time. When applying, be sure to specify if you are applying for the February, June or October cohort. Please be sure you are registered on our mailing list to receive all of the details.

    Do successful applicants to the school have to pay for tuition?

    No; you will be paid to attend the Data School. You will become an employee of The Information Lab on a fixed term contract for 28 months. Expect to spend four (4) months in the Data School and then the remainder of the time working on placements with clients.

    Can The Information Lab provide sponsorship for individuals without working visas?

    Not currently. We may offer this in the future.

    What kind of clients can I expect to get placements/consult with?

    Expect to work for clients who have large data problems. Whilst these could occur in just about any industry sector, we anticipate placements being with large financial services clients, as well as retail and media clients.

    What’s the time commitment?

    A place at the Data School is a full time role. We don’t expect it to feel like work though, we expect it to be a lot of fun!

    Do I get some kind of certification/qualification?

    There is no formal qualification planned from the Data School. You will, however, be expected to take certification exams in Tableau Server, Tableau Desktop and Alteryx Designer.