Boot Camp Motto
"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand."
Boot camp is a 10 weeks intensive learning where we give you guidance each week for 1h and you are expected to do at least 10h a week of self-study and practice.
How did we come up with this idea?
- We got a few questions like:
- Should I become a BI Developer (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS)?
- How to become a BI Developer?
- How to learn BI fast?
- How to do I get started?
- Is attending an expensive training going to help me?
- How much effort / time is needed to learn BI
- and so on....
Below are our thoughts on BI Developer career:
- Earn a lot!
- It's no secret that typical (live jobs) salary for BI Developer in UK is between 35k to 65k and contract rates typically are between £300 to £500 and usually last between 3 to 6 months with frequent extensions (1-2 year contracts are not uncommon). For more information visit ITJobWatch.
- You can check salary in any country using PayScale website (e.g. type BI Developer in search) however this website shows what people are paid and not how much companies are willing to pay at this point in time (live jobs) which is what ITJobWatch does in UK.
- In demand with job security as a bonus.
- BI Developer skills for SQL Server BI Stack are in demand and companies struggle to find suitable candidates so keeping a good BI developer is an important aspect which is good news for you when you ask for a pay rise or decide to move on.
- BI is self tought
- It's really hard to find universities that would offer a career in BI and you actually don't need a degree... Don't believe me? Emil doesn't have a degree and started his career with SQL Server at age of 22 and has worked for 15 companies / BI Projects and is paid top market rates (contracts).
- How? Self teaching mainly from books as there wasn't a website called Katie and Emil.
- Self Learning is challenging!
- We know (ask Emil) so let's take Katie's example. Katie likes learning but does not like self learning for the following reasons:
- I know my goal but:
- I don't know what I need to learn (no clear plan).
- I don't know where to start.
- I don't know how many hours I need to study to achieve my goal.
- I don't know what to do if I get stuck.
- I don't know anyone who could help me (Katie does but most people don't).
- Our boot camp answers all the typical self learning challenges and additionally:
- You work in a group with the same goal so it's easier to get help and have motivation to move on.
- It's hard work
- Yes! You wouldn't be paid this kind of money if you could just pay £1.5k for one week training and learn all of it. You will need practice, you will need to do a lot yourself but during boot camp we will give you clear direction and support you need to be successful.
- Emil at some point estimated that you need about 5 000 hours (effective study + practice) to achieve intermediate level in most BI related skills (using SQL Server and related tools/methodologies) but it is not as bad as it sounds as often you start with one skill and spend 100-200 hours and just learn more and more and you decide if you want to specialize in certain skills or want to cover all of them.
How does our boot camp work?
- Topic: We choose specific topic with a specific goal.
- e.g. Become an SSRS Developer
- Duration: 10 weeks.
- Meetings: 1h every Saturday.
- You will get an overview, explanations and tasks to do within a week.
- Effort: You need about 10h a week (study + practice)
- 2h a day (e.g. 5 days a week)
- 5h a day (e.g. during the weekend)
- Support: KEBI Academy community page (similar to a discussion board / forum).
Our first boot camp will focus on SSRS which is considered by Emil the easiest route to become a BI Developer.
For more information visit: Become an SSRS Developer.
Katie & Emil