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Why learn Microsoft Excel

  • Published on March 17, 2020
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Microsoft Excel is a powerful spreadsheet and data analysis program with wide-ranging capabilities. Attending a live Excel course is a good way to quickly and efficiently learn Excel. There are four primary reasons why you should learn Excel and how learning Excel is helpful for your career.

Learning Excel increases your value in the job market

Excel skills are highly valued by employers because of the variety of ways it can be leveraged. By attending Excel courses, you will learn more advanced ways to use Excel that will help you stand out in the job market. Excel can be used in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Creating schedules for staff.
  • Managing budgets.
  • Tracking revenues and expenses.
  • Managing inventory.
  • Creating charts, visualizations, and dashboards to represent data.

Excel training makes you more efficient

The more you advance your Excel skills, the more efficiently you will be able to complete a variety of projects and tasks. For example:

  • Conditional formatting allows you to apply a format to a cell or a range of cells based on a given criteria which will make data easier to read.
  • Pivot Tables and charts will allow you to quickly identify trends in large datasets and inform business decisions.

Learning Excel prepares workers for financial positions

Many finance-related positions rely on and can benefit tremendously from good Excel skills.

  • Accountants can leverage Excel in addition to financial management softwares.
  • Financial analysts often use Excel as the primary tool for financial modeling.
  • Business analysts can leverage Excel for reporting and analysis capabilities to inform business decisions.

Non-traditional workers also benefit from Excel classes

Journalists are frequently faced with large amounts of information and can leverage Excel to do so efficiently. Sales professionals can use Excel to manage leads across various stages of the sales funnel. Freelancers may benefit from using Excel to manage their time, finances, and jobs.


About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.