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Just like Techionista, Microsoft believes in gender diversity and is committed to gain more women in ICT. That’s why we’ve joined forces and we will start the third edition of the Microsoft Azure Academy for Data Science, powered by Techionista on the 16 September 2019. And just like during the previous edition the Johan Cruyff ArenA lets us use their fabulous location for free.

During this intensive, sixteen-week education program our candidates will be trained by experienced teachers to become data scientists. Maybe they’ll become consultants, data science professionals, or data analists. After this training they’ll have the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science Certificate in the pocket and their first practical experience, thanks to an extensive business case.

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1. The selection

It’s gonna be pretty tough to keep up with the pace of this education program. And that makes sense: in a mere 16 weeks you’ll become a data professional. That’s why this program isn’t suitable for everyone. Some prior knowledge of analytics and programming is really a plus. No experience with programming so far? Than it might be a good idea to treat yourself to a course of programming; for instance with Python. It will definitely increase your chances of being selected. Furthermore, we pay attention to mentality: curiosity, inquisitiveness and perseverance are more important than a specific diploma. Last but not least: we are strong believers of age diversity. So whether you are in your early twenties, or in your mid-fifties: you make a chance to be selected for this program.

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2. The program

During this intensive, sixteen-week education program you will be trained by experienced teachers to become data scientists. For example, you learn to analyze and visualize data with PowerBI and work with Python and T-SQL. You immerse yourself in the mathematical basis for machine learning and artificial intelligence. And of course you’re also taught in ethics and law in the field of data. After completing a business case and a final project, you’ll go for the final exam that should result in obtaining the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science Certificate.

In addition, you’ll complete an extensive soft skills program that makes you more skilled in giving presentations, time management, personal leadership and networking. Participants from previous editions indicate that thanks to soft skill training they have become firmer and are approaching the labor market with way more confidence.

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3. Blended learning

We strongly believe in blended learning. That’s a rather fancy name for a combination of online and offline learning. Three days per week you join your fellow participants on location. There your hardskills teachers give you the context you need, and your fellow students keep you sharp. You also go through the soft skills program together. Think of presentation training and teambuilding sessions, but you also learn how to negotiate. We expect self-reliance ánd teamwork. If you don’t understand something, first ask your fellow students for help. Sometimes face-to-face, but of course we also provide an online place to work together. Two days a week you work online from home. You gonna need that time to successfully complete each module.

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4. The job

During the program we organize two job fairs. As a future data science professional you then gonna speed date with potential employers. In this way you get to speak as many employers as possible in a casual setting in one evening. Do you have a match? Then we can plan a second, more extensive job interview for you.

For some candidates from previous editions such a speed date has led to an actual job. For others, it helped to gain job application experience and to properly identify which type of company fits best.

Do you want to know where the participants of the previous edition are currently working? Be sure to read their testimonials here! And have a look at this video.

From academy to job

THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE PREVIOUS ACADEMY NOW HAVE A JOB AS DATA SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS

During the training we organize two job fairs. You will then be speed dating with interested companies. For some participants of the previous edition of the Microsoft Azure Academy for Data Science, powered by Techionista, this ultimately resulted in a job. For others it was a welcome application exercise that they later used to score a job. The following companies were present during the job fair of the previous edition: ABN AMRO, Ajax – ArenA, Allego, Breinwave, Cegeka, Data Science Lab, Ensior, Herke ICT Group, Heroes, iFunds, KPN, OCTO, Schiphol, Tatasteel, Timing, TRUE BV and Valid. Do you want to know where the participants of the previous edition are currently working? Be sure to read their testimonials here!

The program at a glance

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THE HARDSKILLS

  • analyzing and visualizing data with PowerBI
  • analytics storytelling for impact
  • ethics and law in data and analytics
  • querying data with Transact-SQL
  • introduction to Python for data science
  • essential math for machine learning using Python
  • data science research methods using Python
  • principles of machine learning using Python
  • predictive analytics with Spark in Azure
  • analyze big data with Microsoft R
  • developing big data solutions with Azure Machine Learning
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THE SOFTSKILLS

  • MBTI/JTI: discover your unique talents and come to a better understanding of yourself, your motivations, your talents and growth domains
  • communication skills
  • Personal Effectiveness: in which way does your personality play a role in your preferences and behavior
  • manage yourself and your time better
  • learn how to present yourself powerfully and successfully
  • learn to pitch convincingly
  • learn how to present your story
  • training in Online networking via LinkedIn
  • Online networking: learn to give without remembering and receiving without forgetting
  • learn to negotiate by using your personal influencing preference style effectively
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YOU GET

  • An intensive 16-week training at the Microsoft Azure Academy for Data Science at the Johan Cruijff ArenA
  • Good understanding of Python, R, Azure Machine Learning, HDInsight
  • Insights in how to visualize data with Power BI and Excel
  • The Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science Certificate
  • Lectures by Personal-Branding-experts
  • Insights into your distinctive talents and qualities
  • Negotiating techniques and presenting them authentically
  • A catchy elevator pitch and a first setup for your LinkedIn profile text
  • A perfectly designed CV
  • An introduction to awesome potential employers
  • Techionista’s efforts to help them find a job in data science

THESE WOMEN ALREADY PARTICIPATED

Scroll down to find out if you are a suitable candidate for this program

Do you have what it takes?

It’s gonna be pretty tough to keep up with the pace of this education program. And that makes sense: in a mere 16 weeks you’ll become a data professional. That’s why this program isn’t suitable for everyone. Some prior knowledge of analytics and programming is really a plus. A completed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) study certainly helps, although it’s not a must.

Want to know what we look for in a candidate? If you can put a checkmark on several of the points below, you have what it takes!
  • curious, persistent, problem-solving and communicative
  • strong affinity with ICT and technology
  • a background in commercial sales, business development, consultancy
  • analytically trained
  • as a project manager or employee, or as a consultant involved in IT-related projects
  • a completed STEM study

The costs

this training costs € 12,000 ex. VAT. But thanks to the support of Microsoft and the Johan Cruijff ArenA, we can now offer a discount of € 3,000! This means that this edition of the Microsoft Azure Academy, powered by Techionista, costs € 9,000. As a participant, you only pay a personal contribution of € 1.995 ex. VAT (€ 2,413.95 including VAT).

Who then pays the remaining € 7,005 ex VAT? There are 3 scenarios possible:

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Scenario 1

We’ll pay the rest of the training costs

Although we are convinced that you’ll find a job in data science soon after completing this program, there is still a small chance that this will not work out. If so, we will cover the rest of your training costs of € 7,005 ex VAT. You only pay your own contribution of € 1.995 ex. VAT (€ 2,413.95 including VAT) before the start of the training.

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Scenario 2

Your new employer will pay the rest of the training

You are expected to find a job soon after completing this program. Your new employer will then pay back the rest of your training costs of € 7,005 ex VAT to us. You only pay your own contribution of € 1.995 ex. VAT (€ 2,413.95 including VAT) before the start of the training.

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Scenario 3

Your current employer will pay the rest of the training

Maybe you already have a great job and your current employer is willing to invest in your training. Your current employer will then pay back the rest of your training costs of € 7,005 ex VAT to us. And who knows… maybe your boss is even willing to take your contribution of € 1.995 ex VAT (before the start of the training) for his/her account…

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