Michalis Alexakis

Graphic designer to data analyst in 5 months

Michalis Alexakis - Data Analytics

I chose Ubiqum’s Data Analytics program because it was the most complete course. I specifically wanted to learn R, and Ubiqum offered that.

Michalis Alexakis
Performance Report Analyst for HP

Congratulations on your new job! Where are you working?

Thanks! I’ve just started my new job as a performance report analyst for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP)

What were you doing before signing up for our course?

I studied Mechanical Engineering, but I didn’t really see myself doing this. Simultaneously, I was working as a graphic designer for almost eight years. I came to Barcelona to do an MBA but decided it was too expensive, so I took a different path and decided to pursue a career in tech.

Why did it seem like the right moment in your life to start data analytics?

Before I came to Barcelona, I did an internship in a petroleum company where one of my best friends was my manager. Rather than give me menial tasks, he would treat me as if I were a colleague and would set me complex tasks, for example, I ended up automatizing the reports for the management department. When I told him I wanted to change careers and move into the tech sector, he recommended data analytics.

What was your main concern before starting?

My main concern was that I knew very little about the IT and technology sector and so I was worried that I didn’t have enough knowledge and so wouldn’t be able to complete the course. I had no previous programming experience so it was daunting in the beginning.

Why did Ubiqum Code Academy stand out as the best option?

When I moved to Barcelona and realised I wanted to pursue a career in tech, I did some research into different academies and coding bootcamps. I chose Ubiqum’s Data Analytics Program because it was the most complete one. There were other options, but it wasn’t really clear what they were offering. I specifically wanted to learn R, and Ubiqum offered that.

Do you think our Learn by Doing methodology has been effective?

I found the Learn by Doing methodology to be extremely effective. When I was only learning theory, I would always forget everything, and this is just the opposite with Ubiqum’s methodology. I don’t only have a solid base level of understanding, I have acquired deep learning. You also learn how to find the resources and materials you need in order to teach yourself, meaning that learning another technology is quite simple. The first days are hard, but you learn and overcome this, and that’s very satisfying.

How helpful did you find the Career Placement service?

It was really good, I feel much more confident after the Boosting my Career Program. Obviously, I have done job interviews before but I felt like the Career Placement team really helped us to prepare, especially since I am only a junior and therefore have less experience.

Would you recommend Ubiqum and if so, why?

I already have! I have a friend who just moved here from the United States who’s seriously considering doing the Data Analytics Program.