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Starting as a Consultant post-MBA in 6 weeks. Beside my MBA I have zero experience with excel and only extremely limited exposure during B school. Does anyone have recommendations for me regarding crash coursing excel? Any tips or any recommendations for online courses? Thanks!

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Excel is difficult because it's broad. Much of it is learning by doing. You will have to collect knowledge from multiple places. Bookmark a couple of Excel formula websites. Read through thread Excel subreddit. Watch a bunch of YouTube videos. It's mostly getting comfortable and not being afraid of creativity.

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Exactly, almost like learning a language. Immersion.

A lot of mba programs will extend excel training courses free of cost to alum- like through Wall Street prep etc. But having said that, many firms have their own internal excel training crash courses that you can do during orientation/ onboarding

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Congrats, the fastest way I learned Excel was through application, more specifically through a real estate financial modeling course. The instructors would go through all the different functions that they use to do the underwriting and modeling. I’d look into finding a course that knocks two birds with one stone, like financial modeling. It will be much more interesting and easier comprehend.

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I was in the same situation. I did a crash course using udemy and picked up a lot of good info, but still got wrecked during my first project for my poor excel skills. Just keep in mind, that the more you use it, the better you become at it. It’s not the end of the world

Try some LinkedIn learning courses

Try udemy, have classes for cheap and it’s a self study course

Build out a personal finance model and forecast out 5 years

You don’t need to be a superstar in excel in consulting. Just be honest when you’re assigned to a project. I was the same as you post-MBA. Also, some firms offer classes - like S& had a modeling class I took.

Watch some YouTube videos so you can get a sense for how formulas work. After that, just practice during your role. You will pick it up really fast if you’re actually using it. I don’t know how effective an entire course will be unless you learn well that way. I have to use somethhng for real. Maybe track your weekly expenses and then do some sums and averages.

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