The Career Advice Guide For Professional Analysts
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The Career Advice Guide For Professional Analysts

Advice, Tips and Strategies for Becoming a Stronger Analyst Professional
4.7 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
955 students enrolled
Created by Lang Greene
Last updated 9/2016
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how to avoid losing credibility by incorporating an accuracy check system for their analysis
  • Understand the importance of building and protecting your personal brand by producing only top quality work
  • Learn how creating, delivering and presenting easily consumable analysis helps you stand out
  • Understand the role of an analyst is much more than being a numbers nerd or report runner
  • How analysts should lose the ego and always strive to see the big picture / objective
  • Strategies for surviving the first 90 days in a new role or cross functional unit
  • understand how the best analysts embrace teamwork and not individuality
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  • Basic understanding of analysis
  • Desire to learn how to become a sharper analyst
  • Desire to improve your analytical career

What’s up good people? Thanks so much for giving my course an extended look. I am appreciative of your time and extremely humbled to be considered as an instructor to help you reach your career goals.

A little background on me, I have over 15 years of corporate experience working for Fortune 100 companies such as the United Parcel Service, Liberty Mutual Group and Allstate Corporation in a variety of analytic management roles.

On the side, I am credentialed NBA reporter whose writing has written for major outlets such as USA Today Sports, Lindy’s Sports Annual, HOOPSWORLD, Fight Hype, Boxing Scene, Basketball Insiders and a host of other publications.

I have also been featured as an expert guest on ESPN Radio, Yahoo Sports Radio, CBS Radio, NBC Radio and a plethora of other podcasts throughout the country.

But back to the analytic realm.

The biggest takeaway from my background that I want to stick with you is the fact I have been able use my naturally inquisitive mind to and turn it into an enjoyable career. I would be honored to have the opportunity to assist you in doing the same. 

My goals for this course is to help you understand how to thrive in today’s competitive analyst market, the importance of establishing your personal brand and maintaining your credibility by submitting top quality work products.

This course will also dive into the advantages of being a team player no matter how time consuming and how delivering easily consumable data, even if it’s complex in nature, separates the elite from the above average.  

The analytical landscape has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. Today’s analyst isn’t just a numbers runner … today’s analyst is entrusted to deliver an impact to an organization’s bottom line.

Once again, thanks for giving this course a strong look and hopefully you will decide to enroll today. I look forward to building a long lasting professional relationship with you.

- Lang

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for aspiring or professional analysts looking to improve in their career
  • This course is NOT designed for students looking for step-by-step guidance on particular software programs
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
The Role of the Professional Analyst
7 Lectures 27:49
Course Introduction: The Career Advice Guide for Professional Analysts

The professional analyst is much more than a report runner or the numbers nerd sitting in the back of the department meeting. Each day analysts around the country are expected to serve various roles far outside their "perceived" scope. The list of these job roles goes on and on. 

Investigators, Firefighters, Hostage Negotiators, Security Guards and Much More

Most analysts are known as the numbers guy (or girl) at their respective places of employment. Resist accepting this stereotype at every opportunity. Add suggestions, recommendations and potential strategic courses of action when  submitting your completed analysis. 

Breaking the Stereotype: You are not just a Report Runner

Some analysts don't realize how important they are to an organization's success. Since analysts spend most of their time combing through data they are essentially the first line of defense versus unfavorable trends than can impact a business. But also can be the first line of defense in identifying what a company is doing RIGHT. Embrace this role. 

Understanding Your Role as the First and Last Line of Defense

Not everyone is an analytical being. The core to success as an analyst is always having a desire to dig deeper into the root cause of issues encountered. Schools teach proven methodologies and techniques, but natural curiosity will separate the good analyst from the great analyst.   

Formal Training cannot Defeat a Naturally Curious Mind

The first 90 days of a new job or in a new role can be a stressful experience. You can survive this by volunteering to tackle the grunt work the veterans on your team don't want to do. Improving and optimizing older reports is another way to make an immediate impression in your new role. 

Navigating the First 90 Days

There is a saying going around based on the notion of under promising and over delivering. This creates a scenario, in my opinion, where someone sets the bar so low jut to deliver an average outcome. So I disagree with this premise and believe you should promise appropriately and then deliver an exceptional product. 

Promise Results Appropriately
Game Changing Career Tips for Professional Analysts
13 Lectures 01:09:47

This lecture covers the importance of documenting your processes. This ensures teammates can follow your work when you're not present but also helps you remember critical steps in the chain that need more attention

The Devil is in the Detail

There's a saying that humans only use 10% of their brainpower, but the same could be said for most analysts who only use 10% of their available tools. 

Are you Maximizing the Available Tools at your Disposal?

Errors happen, but most can be avoided. An untimely error can derail weeks worth of work and ruin your credibility in the process. Incorporate error checking techniques in all of your work streams. This is IMPORTANT. Don't skimp on developing a solid error checking methodology. 

Maintain Credibility: Avoid Reporting Errors

Never and I mean never blindside the big dogs, meaning all levels of management, with information that could have been shared beforehand. One of your roles as an analyst is acting as the first line of defense. so always proactively inform big dogs of impending chaos at the earliest possible time. No unforeseen atomic bombs in the monthly department meeting.  

Don't Blindside the Big Dogs

In this lecture we will discuss an issue that plagues analysts worldwide. We must stop falling too in love with our reports, analytical models and presentations. If we're not always looking to optimize our analytical offerings then we're not contributing to the company's bottom line. Let's stop standing around and admiring our work. 

Stop Fawning over your own Work

How many times in your career have you witnessed an analyst email an extremely complex file to an audience without any context associated with the product - basically telling the recipients "figure it out for yourself"

Don't be that guy (or girl). We repeat, don't be that guy (or girl). 

Create, Deliver and Present Easily Consumable Analysis

Are you presenting to your fellow analyst colleagues, mid-management, senior executives or an entirely different business unit not familiar with your role? Communicating your findings to each of these groups will require a different approach. Know your audience. 

The Importance of Knowing your Audience


Miscommunication between analysts and internal or external clients are generally due to failing to listen to the original needs / request made. Don't get too carried away with what you THINK you can offer, deliver the requested service and THEN add the bells and whistles. 

Take the Necessary Time to Listen

We all believe that the quality of our work is top notch, however, there will be times where it will go largely unnoticed. Life, it happens. When this does occur, don't go into a corner and pout. Leave the ego at home and work toward making the next project a home run.

Leave the Ego at Home

Don't get so caught up in your own ideas that you make a bad business decision by failing to see the bigger picture. 

See the Forest for the Trees

Are you a team player? Do you sacrifice some of your time to aid a teammate in need? Or do you let them drown when you can help? Strengthening your team makes you look good in the long run. Remember to be a good team player ... we'll talk about the potential rewards in this lecture.

The Importance of Being a Team Player

As analysts we're constantly bombarded with data requests. Some are frivolous in nature, while others can help drive business results. So we've started saying NO to most of these data requests and creating complex processes for those inquiring to get this information.  But maybe we should try to eliminate NO from our vocabulary as much as possible.

Fall out of love with the word NO

Corporate IT departments are routinely limited by their allotted budget and are usually understaffed. We'll talk about some ways to work around these challenges and still get the data you need. 

Surviving the Limitations of Corporate IT Departments
Conclusion and Post Course Communication
2 Lectures 05:38
Course Conclusion: The Career Advice Guide for Professional Analysts

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Lang Greene
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Experienced Analyst / Strategist

I also have over 15 years of corporate experience working for Fortune 100 companies such as the United Parcel Service, Liberty Mutual Group and Allstate Corporation. 

I also have over 10 years experience covering a wide variety of professional sports. I have previously written for leading outlets such as USA Today Sports, HOOPSWORLD, Lindy's Sports Annuals, Fight Hype, Boxing Scene and Examiner.  

I currently work in digital marketing engagement for a leading brand and also serve as a senior NBA writer for Basketball Insiders where I cover the Atlanta Hawks and the National Basketball Association at large. 

My goal is to develop high quality training courses filled with tips and tricks that I wish I had available when I first started my career. 

My courses will provide you with the necessary knowledge to help you take your career to the next level. 

My growth as a professional over the years wouldn't be possible if it weren't for industry veterans investing their time in order to show me the true tricks of the trade. 

So, this is my story. But since I have your attention, I want to ask you a question.

Do you want some help?

Are you looking to sharpen your tools, gain more exposure and get an edge on your competition?   

Great, because I am sure I can help you. Feel free to use the links in my bio to contact me if you would like to discuss further. I'm highly accessible and here to offer my expertise. Looking forward to our partnership.