With DS4 finishing this week and cohort 5 starting in less than two weeks, I thought it would be useful to see what it took for DS5 to get into The Data School. As part of the application process, we require people to submit something in Tableau Public. This can be with any data set they want. The point is that it proves a great filter for passion, which is ultimately what we’re hiring for. If you send us a CV, we’ll send it right back and tell you to create something in Tableau.

It’s fun for me to see what people create. I personally review every application and provide feedback when I can. Keeping in mind that they are just starting to learn Tableau, I don’t pay a ton of attention to best practices; usually the application gives me a good enough idea for whether they “get” Tableau or not. Yet still, how they heck can they create something so good so soon? I’m amazed!

Below you’ll see their initial applications. Click on any image to view it on Tableau Public. Given where they’re starting from, I can’t wait to see how much they kick on after 4 months of training.

Natalia Kurakina

Natalia Kurakina takes a look at Boris Bikes usage in London

 

Philip Mannering explores regional crimes in England and Wales

Philip Mannering explores regional crimes in England and Wales

 

Apparently Neil Lord is a fan of The Big Bang Theory

Apparently Neil Lord is a fan of The Big Bang Theory

 

Wiktoria Gryniec explores crimes in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in this story points viz

Wiktoria Gryniec explores crimes in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in this story points viz

 

Laura Peterson, the first American to join the DS, looked at how the heights of people have changed by generation

Laura Peterson, the first American to join the DS, looked at how the heights of people have changed by generation

 

Jamie Coles, a frequent Makeover Monday participant, created this striking viz of the US election

Jamie Coles, a frequent Makeover Monday participant, created this striking viz of the US election

 

Marc Reid created this story about energy usage by Parliament

Marc Reid created this story about energy usage by Parliament