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Posted by young one on March 08, 2001 10:16 AM

I've enjoyed looking over this site for a while now and am curious as to how a few of you have got to where you are.

If I wanted to look into becoming some kind of Excel consultant, what kinds of skills/areas of knowledge would a person need to do so? How much experience is necessary?

I'd greatly appreciate any feedback.

Posted by John S. on March 08, 2001 10:41 AM

There is more to computing than computing. Excel is merely a tool used in almost every profession to enhance the output of an individual. What I know about Excel was learned on the job. Teachers of Excel can only show you how the buttons work. Its like someone trying to show you how to hammer a nail and your expecting them to show you how to build the house. Good luck!

Posted by Aladin Akyurek on March 08, 2001 11:31 AM

Hi John

I certainly hope I'm teaching my students a bit more than "showing" them "how the buttons work".


Posted by young one on March 08, 2001 8:48 PM


If computing is computing then Access is Paradox is SQL. The point being even that offshoot of computing is ripe with difference.

All I was asking, or meant to ask, is how hard it is, how long it takes, to get to the point where one could reach the point of a consultancy for Excel. And what skills benefit that person the most.