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Student Testimonial: John McDonnell, HDip in Science in Data Analytics

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John McDonnell is a graduate of the Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics programme at DBS. We caught up with John to ask him about his experience with the course and here is what he had to say...

"Taking on this course has given me an extra capacity to learn - it has given me a hunger for knowledge! It has also given me a new industry to engage with, and some personal pet projects using data from sources I never knew existed before.

When I researched this course, the content looked like it covered a lot of areas which all seemed very relevant to the field.  I attended an open night, where I learned the Data Analytics course was created in collaboration with industry - this was the deciding factor for me.  I was looking for a course that was practical and relevant to industry today.

I loved the course.  There was a great mix of topics in the modules and they all complemented each other.  I loved that there was a heavy emphasis on practical effort.

The quality of teaching was excellent at DBS.  Topics were backed up with practical examples which is where the majority of learning happens (for me anyway!).  Lots of the lecturers were also working in industry so the content, examples, and answers to questions were all very relevant. I found the lecturers at DBS very approachable, supportive, quick to respond, and often went the extra mile.

Using the skills and knowledge I have acquired on this course, I’ve been able to apply them to my work and have received 3 recognition awards for projects I’ve worked on.  One award in particular was a “Tableau Success Story” from our global BI team in Germany.

I currently work for a leading global Life Science company called Bayer.  I am working an IT Business Partner which is about 50% data analytics and 50% IT Management. This course has helped me to evolve my role into something much more relevant to the business and has helped me build better relationships with my commercial colleagues.

The best thing about studying at DBS is the people. The students, lecturers and staff were all very friendly and very easy to get along with.  There was a great camaraderie among the students and lecturers and it’s a journey we all shared together! 

I would definitely recommend DBS to others, and in particular; this course.  It exceeded my expectations. I’m very satisfied with my experience at DBS - I feel I’ve grown personally and professionally."


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