For years I have been an advocate for training, of all kinds. In my recent post for DataRebels, I dicuss the pros and cons of getting trained along with reasons peopleoften give for not investing in professional training.
Sadly, for decades now, I have seen way too many people and organizations give professional training, and certification, short shrift
.Much to their detriment in the end.
This has always baffled me because I have always found value in attending training classes, workshops, seminar, technical conferences, and the like. Even if the class was not great, the contacts I made were always invaluable.I find I learn best working directly with an experienced professional who has “been there and done that”. Or, putting it another way, I like to learn from other people’s mistakes! For me nothing replaces the ability to be interactive and ask questions of a qualified instructor.
The reasons people have given me for NOT taking a training class are basic (i.e., typical):
1. It costs too much (i.e., no budget)
2. I can’t take time away from the daily job (or I can’t afford to have my team out of the office that long)
3. “It’s really not that hard – we can figure it out ourselves reading books and blogs”
I have been an active part of many communities over my 30+ year career. I started out attending The Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group meetings in the late 80’s (yes we had meetups way back then).
Over the years I went from an attendee asking lots of naive, newbie questions to presenting at events, then helping organize events, and then onto the board of directors and eventually becoming president of the group. And I did this with the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG) as well.
To say I benefited from participating in those, and other, database and data communities, is an understatement.
I benefited not only in my career but also personally.
From a career perspective, I learned a massive amount that I could use in my job. Some very practical tips and tricks to build better systems for my employers and clients. The time spent at user group meetups and conferences more than paid for itself in the value returned. It allowed me to grow in my career to higher level jobs, and better pay.
I also built a HUGE network of contacts that were experts in their field. I was often able to email (or even now tweet) them questions and get immediate answers to solve problems I could not solve on my own, saving my time and therefore money.
Some of those experts were/are my mentors.
Some of those experts helped me find my next gig.
Some of those experts have now followed me to Snowflake and are helping our customers on a daily basis.
I can confidently say that my active participation in these communities led to my role as Chief Technical Evangelist at Snowflake. #LoveMyJob
I made friends all over the world! Not only did I gain a network of like minded professionals who worked in the same field as I did, many of them became friends. There are a fairly large number of folks that I have been friends with now for several decades (some of you no doubt reading this now!).
That has meant that as I have been traveling the world in my role here at Snowflake (and even before as an independent consultant), I find friendly faces in nearly every city, state, or country I visit. When you are traveling a lot for work, and away from your family, it is nice to be able to grab coffee, lunch, or dinner with someone who has known you for years just to chat about life. In our ever more digitally connected world, face to face is still the best. 🙂
That is the power of a good community!
At Snowflake, we call our community advocates and leaders, Data Heroes.
Data Heroes are recognized as Snowflake experts. They get the opportunity to meet with Snowflake product and engineering teams, receive early invitations to Snowflake events, and are welcomed to speak about their experiences with Snowflake at user group meetups, conferences, and other online events. As a Data Hero, you’ll help and educate other users by sharing knowledge, tips, and best practices–online and in real life.
You even get your own custom, Data Hero trading card and other cool Snowflake swag!
You can become one of the leaders in the new world of The Data Cloud. You might even become a SuperHero! See how to get started today.
Join us for Group By Data Heroes
This coming week on July 15, 2020, we will have our very first Data Heroes learning event that we call Group By. It is a FREE event hosted by myself and our community team with sessions from our expert Data Heroes and Super Data Heroes.
With an opening session from the Co-Founder of Snowflake, Benoit Dageville, the original #DataHero!
This will be a LIVE, interactive event that you will not want to miss so sign up today to reserve your spot and join the Snowflake Community.
Maybe not a cool as Star Fleet Academy, but this is pretty cool.
Snowflake and a number of our partners have come together to create the first, self-paced, vendor agnostic, online training academy for analytics in the cloud. This academy will get you up to speed on what is happening today in the cloud with respect to data warehousing and analytics so that you can be a leader in your organization.
The Cloud Analytics Academy is a training and certification program for data professionals who want to advance their skills for the technology and business demands of today’s data analytics. It’s a collective industry effort from executives at Snowflake Computing, AWS, Looker, Talend and WhereScape.
The Academy is designed for data professionals of all technical and business levels and backgrounds. You can complete any or all of the following Academy tracks:
Executive Fast Track– Learn the key technologies and techniques to foster an effective cloud analytics team.
Cloud Foundation Track– Become proficient with the fundamental building blocks of cloud analytics.
Modern Data Analytics Track– Learn advanced technical concepts to propel your cloud analytics.
There will be quiz questions at the end of each session to test your retention. By completing the sessions and the quizzes in a track you will get a related academy badge. Anyone who completes all three tracks will be certified as a Cloud Analytics Academy Master.
The Academy launches on November 14th with a live keynote from Tom Davenport. You can get all the details and sign up here. (Don’t worry if you miss it as it will be recorded and available the rest of the year).
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and take your career to the next level – above the clouds!