Can i get competent in Power BI in 6 weeks?

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Hi All

I recently went for a BI report developer job and I got it. My main skills lie in excel where i feel i am at an advanced level however the majority of the time in the job i will be using Power BI and recreating their excel reports in their plus making any new ones needed.

In my current job i have remade a couple of reports in BI, it didn't seem too complex but i wouldn't say i am competent at the moment as i had to do a bit of googling(Dax stuff mainly). I have used power query in excel so know my way around making queries in that and a bit of M language.

So i bought a udemy course and have around 6 weeks to get competent. I've never thoughtit would be a problem before, with the udemy course and google/forums to fall back on. But on Saturday night i had a bit of an anxiety episode about it all worrying about my ability to do the job.

Can i do it?
 
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100% and also figuring out the usual mess of company specific data that makes no logical sense what so ever but "It's always been that way".

As said unless you rolled out a bit too much BS and claimed to be a wizard I wouldn't even give it a second thought, by all means brush up a bit if you've got the time but don't worry about being able to nail it all from memory. Google isn't going to disappear as soon as you start the job :D
I did say i was a wizard in excel haha.
 
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This, Excel reports to power bi is very easy it's only when you want to do the fancy click through and UI stuff it gets a bit more tricky. I think part of that is I don't have a natural eye for design so don't forget that part of the job.
Also one of the things that's often missed off the generic courses is adding power automate connectivity which can be handy to trigger refreshes or actions based off the data

Isn't the ui stuff just dragging a chart/graph/card to the dashboard?
 
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Imposter syndrome is common.

6 weeks is tight, but if you do the course alongside using something like ChatGPT you should be fine. Just don't copy/paste answers without trying to understand and cross-reference the information provided.
Yes i think i do suffer imposter syndrome. I had it at the start of my current job as it was my first analyst job mainly using excel. The first few months were stressful but i learnt so much (thanks google/ forums). Doing this course should prepare me although im not a total noob to power bi..
 
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