For those of you who are new to excel spreadsheets it can feel like a daunting and intimidating software program that you want to shy away from. However, in today’s current society many companies now require that you have basic excel training as it’s used in many different sectors and situations.
If you already have a basic knowledge of excel but you feel its now become dated, why not take a more advanced course to develop your skills even further. After all, excel continues to evolve and has added more interesting features over the years so it’s important to keep up to date with their latest developments.
What is excel?
If you’ve never used excel before but you know your next career path or promotion depends on it, you’ll want to get the basic knowledge and skills so you can do your job effectively. First you need to know what excel is and what it does.
Excel spreadsheet software is a program used to calculate mathematical equations so you don’t have to, it organises data which you can manipulate into charts and graphs and it helps you to analyse data more accurately. The spreadsheet software program is designed to save users time and to enable more accurate and precise work.
Who uses excel and why?
Many different companies use excel for all types of reasons; one good example we can give you is a company who creates reports for their clients. They can create a report and use formulas which can calculate current figures against the previous month or year to evaluate whether the performance is doing better or worse.
Many finance and accountancy firms use excel for calculating budgets, forecasting and to hold data to analyse. It’s not just corporate firms who use excel, teachers do everyday to keep reports on their student’s progress, hospitals use them, project managers, digital agencies and more. So even though excel spreadsheets might seem like they only suit a certain type of industry, they have benefits to many different organisations who understand the value of excels ability to save time.
What are the benefits of using excel?
Microsoft excel is one of the worlds most used spreadsheet and data management tools, it offers so many benefits to the user their professions, helping to simplify work and saving time so there are many reasons why you’d want to use it. Here are just some of the key benefits of what excel can offer:
- It’s flexible and compatible across multiple devices and operating systems so you can arrange, analyse and present your data whether you use a PC, Mac, iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ tablet, or Android™.
- It allows you to layout and format different types of data – you can lay out your text data in spreadsheet or workbook format as well as ‘dropping in’ different information and data from other sources and locations so they can be crunched and analysed into a single file. This works extremely well if you’re doing monthly reports as you can export data from a different location and dump it into the spreadsheet then use formulas such as ‘VLOOKUP’ to pull in specific parts of the data so to compare and analyse information.
- You can rearrange and reformat data easily – you can include different colour schemes or formats such as bold and italics to highlight important sections of data. This works well if you’re looking to present an array of different numbers which are all relevant to the same topic, for example an accountant would want to include pre-tax profit and the balance, they can include an appropriate colour scheme to highlight the information clearly for a quick analysis.
- It processes your data so you can put it into charts and graphs – this is really helpful when you need to put your data into a more visual and appealing story using pie charts or graphs. Excel will crunch your data from the table you’ve made where you can then select the appropriate method to present them in.
- You can include large amounts of data up to one million rows and 16,000 columns – very helpful for those who wish to store data and analyse it against previous months or years so you can spot any trends or patterns in the data which help you to evaluate and forecast information more accurately.
- Allows you to use conditional formatting so if you have a range of numbers, you can choose specific colours for numbers that go above or below a certain threshold.
- Easy to collaborate and share your spreadsheets – as excel spreadsheets is built by Microsoft you have the benefit of sharing and collaborating your data with colleagues or clients using Share Point or One Drive and you can all edit the document in ‘real time’.
What you can expect from our excel spreadsheet courses
At Cheshire Digital Skills Academy we provide learners with the option of choosing to studying remotely through our distance learning and online courses or to study at our learning centre in Chester. Both other fabulous benefits, if you want to learn from home or your workplace, you’re able to do this at your own leisure at a time that suits you. Learning within our centre will give you the benefit of being around like-minded individuals who can motivate you and you can learn from as well as having a teacher there to guide you throughout the course.
Now, onto the excel courses we cover, giving you 4 options which include the following:
- Introduction to Word & Excel – this is for anyone who’s new to Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets as it gives you the basic skills to perform essential task such as editing, saving, formatting, inserting images or data and using basic formulas. This beginner’s word and excel course is ideal for anyone starting out as you’ll process the basic skills necessary and required for most job roles.
- Level 1 spreadsheet software course – This will give learners further understanding of using excel, formulas and calculations such as autosum function, adding, subtracting, multiplication and division. Learners will be able to use their skills to create appropriate and straightforward spreadsheets. This level 1 spreadsheet course is ideal for those who have just learned the basics of excel in the beginners course and those who already possess basic skills and knowledge of the program.
- Level 2 spreadsheet software course – This course gives you more complex skills and understanding of your existing knowledge so you can create more professional documents. It’s an ideal course if you have just taken a level 1 or have a basic qualification in excel training.
- Level 3 spreadsheet software course – The level 3 excel course will give you greater skills set of using formulas and creating more professional documents. You will learn the more advanced features of excel and you will be able to effectively demonstrate more advanced methods so you can integrate different forms of data to manipulate and analyse. This course is for those who have existing excel qualifications and need to take their careers to the next level such as accountancy, project management or finance.
Our courses in excel spreadsheets will give learners the skills, knowledge and qualifications that will help them to progress further in their careers. The more advanced knowledge you have in excel, the more opportunities you will be offered in your new or current roles. The courses are designed to give you basic knowledge through to advanced knowledge, making them ideal for all types of learners regardless of what stage you’re at. You will learn how to create spreadsheets, organise data, use formulas effectively and present your data accurately and professionally.
If you would like to book one of our excel spreadsheet courses today please visit our page for spreadsheet software courses where you can browse and select the appropriate level for you. You can also get in touch to find out more through visiting our contact page.