What Does Graduate Boot Camp at Peak Indicators Involve?

Each year at Peak Indicators, we conduct a graduate ‘boot camp’, which sees us add several new faces to our team here.

Having recently taken a look at what the graduates from this year’s intake thought about their experience, we wanted to explain a bit more about what the new arrivals actually do during their time at boot camp.

Breaking Down Boot Camp

When graduates participate in boot camp at Peak Indicators, they are required to work their way through 4 weeks of activity, each of which has its own theme:

  • Week 1: An introduction to analytics, Data Warehousing and SQL (Structured Query Language)
  • Week 2: Data Modelling and a guide to active Peak Indicators projects
  • Week 3: Creating reports and dashboards on Oracle OBIEE and Birst
  • Week 4: In the final week, graduates participate in a case study scenario. This requires them to pair up and solve a realistic problem in a proof-of-concept style. The Peak Indicators team acts as the customer and critiques the work the graduates complete.

The material used to teach the new graduates the skills they need to excel in their future roles is very similar to the content we use for our OBIEE training courses; which are sold to customers.

Throughout the month they spend learning the ropes, the graduates develop a strong cohort. Their bonding is aided by the social activities arranged during this time.

How Are Former Graduates Using the Skills They Picked Up?

Chris Austin was recently signed off as a BI Specialist at Peak Indicators, having originally joined the company as part of the graduate intake in 2013. He passed his ODI certification back in February:

“I remember trying to complete the final SQL task in bootcamp by writing some queries and I was using an ‘x’ instead of ‘*’ for ‘multiplied by’.

“At the time, such a basic mistake made me think I was totally out of my depth, but fast forward a few years and I hear myself speaking confidently about technical topics and solving complex problems - as well as spouting IT jargon like it’s going out of fashion. I doubt ‘week 1 me’ would believe the difference a few years can make!”

Luke Sharma joined the graduate programme more recently, as one of the 2017 arrivals. He felt that the 4 weeks were particularly useful for gaining more insight into the world of business intelligence:

"Boot camp was a really helpful and insightful way to start at Peak - I didn't have a background in BI at all, so getting stuck in straight away was a great way to learn.

“The whole month gave a great foundation to carry forward into projects moving forward. Working under the guidance of experienced architects and consultants was priceless.

“To this point, Alex (another graduate) and I have worked on multiple projects using multiple softwares, and we're still drawing on things we learned in Bootcamp to help us in current work.

I really enjoy working at Peak, the people are great and the work is challenging, but interesting."

The final round of insight comes from Eldon Chinyamakobvu, who became a BI graduate on the 2017 intake too:

"Boot camp was a lot of fun. Learning SQL and Bi systems was a real challenge however, going through it will 4 other graduates made it less daunting.

“I remember the final presentation where l had to present back my work to the management team. I felt years and years of experience rain down on my work and their comments were fair and justified. This shows me what an exciting career l had ahead of me and the endless possibility available to completing a BI solution.”

Work for Peak Indicators

If Peak Indicators sounds like the sort of company you could see yourself working for, then you can find out more about what it’s like to work for the company here.

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