Questions You’ll Want To Ask
- Will the training get me a job?
- Will I learn by doing or by watching?
- Can I learn anytime, anywhere?
- Is a bootcamp the right approach for me?
- Will I like the method of training?
- How much will the training cost?
- How long will the training take?
- What support will I get?
- What credential will I receive?
Selecting The Best Program Is Worth The Effort
Given the number of available offerings, the selection process may appear daunting but identifying the characteristics of the various offerings will quickly narrow the options. Below, we’ve addressed nine characteristics that we think you should carefully consider in your selection process.
Will the training get me a job?
How concerned are you about getting a job when you get done with the training? If it’s a concern, you need to keep in mind that well over 95% of job openings require prior experience so the question you need to ask any training organization is whether they will provide you with practical experience.
We at NCLab are all about providing you the practical experience that you need to qualify for job openings. That makes our training very different from all other career training programs that we know of. Our learn-by-doing training is only possible because each of our college-level courses has taken thousands of hours to build and because the training is presented through a powerful Artificial Intelligence-based Learn-By-Doing platform rather than through more traditional lectures. You learn through short bite-sized lessons that are followed by practical exercises that confirm that you have not only understood the tutorials but that you have put your new knowledge into practice.
As a side note, some e-learning programs guarantee you a job as justification for their price. Do read the disclaimers in the guarantee. We believe that the best guarantee of you getting a job is having the qualifications needed to get the job and not a piece of paper that guarantees you a job.
Will I learn by doing or by watching?
Are you one of those people who learns best by doing? Over and over, people tell us that they need to do it themselves to retain it. They’ve often taken lecture-based courses and want to start over at square one because they feel they have not grasped the material to the point that they can make use of it. If you are one of those people, you’ll want to look closely at how the training is done.
All of our training is hands-on. Our innovative and proven Artificial Intelligence-based Learn-By-Doing training platform gives you bite-sized lessons and asks you to show that you have learned each concept by completing exercises before going on.
Exercises are not about dropping you at the deep end of the pool and expecting you to swim. Rather, realtime artificial intelligence-based contextual assistance is there to help you. That help includes analyzing your work and providing guidance, hints, and even templates, as appropriate. A personally assigned instructor is also there to oversee your progress and provide assistance, as needed.
Trainees love our hands-on training with instant assessment because it gives them both a feeling of accomplishment and the confidence needed to go out and apply their new knowledge.
Can I learn anywhere, anytime?
Is your schedule unpredictable and subject to unplanned changes? If so, you’ll want to look closely at how the training you will be taking is done because you could easily find yourself missing key learning sessions due to unavailability.
All of our training is self-paced and done with a computer browser and an internet connection. That means that you will never miss a lesson because of other commitments. This is particularly attractive for people in the workforce who have to work around their employers’ and family commitments and responsibilities.
Is a bootcamp the right approach for me?
If you’re in a position to spend full time getting career trained, a bootcamp could be the right approach for you as it will get you there in the shortest time possible.
Keep in mind that the pace of learning is individual but that bootcamps don’t take that into consideration. Rather, they are on a fixed schedule and, as a result, everyone is expected to go at the same pace.
That’s not the case with NCLab because our training program is self-paced and that means that you set your pace and are never left behind.
We do an intake assessment before you start your training and we discuss your background and aspirations and learn about your work habits. From there, we set realistic expectations about the time you’ll be able to devote to your learning. Of course, you can change your pace at any time because you are always in control.
When you get done with your training, you are job-ready because you have gathered the knowledge, experience, competency, and confidence needed to be a Data Analyst, no matter what pace you chose to get the training done.
Will I like the training method?
Everyone has their own preferred way of learning so it’s important that you evaluate for yourself the way in which the training will be done. We feel strongly that the best way to do that is to experience it and as a result we provide you a full tuition refund if, within 30 days of enrollment, you determine that the training is not right for you. Ask other institutions whether they are willing to do the same.
How much will my training cost?
There’s a wide disparity in pricing for Data Analyst training. It would be great if you could determine the quality of the training based on the price charged but that is clearly not the case.
Our college and university partners have priced our training aggressively while ensuring that we deliver a high quality product to our trainees. Some people ask us how our training can be so inexpensive; it is in large part because we spent years building an artificial intelligence-based instructional platform and detailed hands-on courses, to the point that we only need minimal instructional resources to make you qualified and job-ready. Our continuous quality improvement process only makes things better and better over time.
How long will my training take?
The length of time it takes to complete the training is an indicator of how much it will teach you. 120-hour programs or 3-month bootcamps will not make you an experienced Data Analyst, no matter what a vendor says. To be a qualified experienced Data Analyst, you need to master both data handling and programming tools and there are no shortcuts.
At NCLab, we make you do 320 to 400 hours of hands-on work to get there, depending on your background. It is very much like an apprenticeship without pay because you are getting on-the-job experience and, when you get done, you have both the knowledge and the practical experience needed to get a great job.
What support will I get?
To get you to the point that you have sufficient practical experience, it’s important that your training program be more than a simple transfer of knowledge.
At NCLab, trainees are assigned personal instructors and are never alone in their learning. At any time, they can interact with their instructor to get help. Because we use a very sophisticated learning management system, instructors know when trainees are having difficulty and they reach out to the trainees, knowing exactly where they are having difficulty and help get them back on track quickly.
What credential will I receive on completion?
A credential will not get you a job but it will help confirm that you have mastered an in-demand skill set.
Our college and university partners provide our graduates with a Data Analyst Career Certificate. It shows prospective employers how many hands-on hours you’ve spent mastering your skill set and the quality of education that you were provided.
Given our in-depth knowledge of your qualifications and capabilities upon the completion of your training, we will also influence potential employers and placement agencies to get you one of those great Data Analyst jobs.
Your training is your path to a great Data Analyst job. We at NCLab will stop short of nothing to make sure that we make that happen. We are committed to providing you with the necessary knowledge, practical experience, competency, and confidence to get there. Much success as a Data Analyst!
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