Alumni Success Spotlight: Colby

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Colaberry, Inc. .

Colaberry Success Spotlight: Colby


Workforce automation and the elimination of thousands of jobs has increased the need for the IT industry and large enterprises to find data-literate employees and data scientists who are ready to “hit the ground running.” Colaberry has graduated 800+ alumni since its program inception, but we know there are many more who need these integral skills to survive the transition to AI.

Today, we sit down with Colby, a recent Colaberry alum and current Business Analyst, to discuss his experience both during and beyond Colaberry’s Data Analytics Training program.

Interesting Data Points: 

colaberry-success-story-spotlight-colbyName: Colby

Company: Fortune 500 Banking and Financial Services Company

Title/Current Position: Business Analyst

Increase in Salary Upon Completion of Program: 230%


Alum Interview Responses: 

Colaberry: How did you hear about Colaberry?

Colby: I heard about Colaberry through a friend. 


Colaberry: Was any family member(s) or support system instrumental in helping you reach your current level of success?

Colby: Hustling between part-time jobs, I was living my life from paycheck to paycheck on a tight budget. I needed some change in my life, and I was open to new opportunities. This is when I stumbled across Colaberry School of Data Analytics by chance. A close friend who was already in the IT field had told me that he had heard great things from Colaberry, and this led me to take their demo class. 


Colaberry: Why did you decide to enroll in the Colaberry School of Data Analytics?

Colby: After that first demo class, I could see that this was a great opportunity, and it would be a stepping stone to something extraordinary in my life. I also felt confident that I was up to the task of tackling this course. 


Colaberry: What challenges or circumstances did you have to overcome to be successful (if any) and how did Colaberry assist you in that?

Colby: I was having a hard time making ends meet and I wanted to improve my life, and Colaberry helped me to overcome some of the biggest doubts I had of myself and worked with me as I balanced life's daily struggles. 



Colaberry: Did you have a data analytics/data science background or any associated skills prior to joining Colaberry?

Colby: Before Colaberry, I had zero experience with coding. Initially when I started with the program, it was difficult since I was burning at both ends. I was able to complete the course in 3 months, and I decided to quit my part-time job and concentrate completely on phase 2 of the program.


Colaberry: What training courses did you complete through Colaberry?

Colby: Data Analytics


Colaberry: How do you think you benefited most from Colaberry’s training?

Colbyi:  I was able to complete phase 2 in a month. After completing all levels of the training, I was ready to interview with companies. 7 interviews and 750+ hours of training later, I already had offers from 3 companies. 


Colaberry: Comparing your current salary to your previous position's, do you feel that Colaberry helped you to reach your goals? In what way has this improved your life?

Colby: I was about to make triple the amount of what I was making in my previous job, just by completing the Colaberry course training with determination and hard work.


Colaberry: What did you think of the platform and did it help you gain any specific soft skills? 

Colby: One aspect I really love is the feedback system in the Refactored platform. It has real-time video and audio analysis while it records you doing specific activities. The platform analyzes specific delivery of soft skills and determines where a student can improve in a specific area.

Some of the soft skills I perfected with the Refactored platform were:
  • Communication Skills (non-verbal and verbal skills)
  • Self-Awareness
  • Critical/Creative Thinking
  • Time Management 
  • Improved my "grit"

 Colaberry: How did those skills help you in the workplace or get a job?

Colby: I was able to use the projects I worked on with Colaberry in interviews. The soft skills, communication and collaboration skills I learned at Colaberry helped me tremendously to differentiate myself and stand out amongst the crowd.


Colaberry: Would you recommend Colaberry to others? If yes, why?

Colby: Yes, I would definitely recommend them. The program literally changed my life. The journey was not easy but was not impossible to achieve. I am fully satisfied and happy with my job.


Colaberry: Would you ever consider returning to Colaberry to take more classes?

Colby: Yes, I would. 


Colaberry: What do you find most enjoyable about your current position?

Colby: Before working as a data analyst, I was on a tight budget and not able to buy everything that I wanted. Even the essentials such as groceries would give me undue stress. I can remember several times being at the checkout line and not knowing if I had enough to cover my purchase or worried that I had gone over my budget. After I got my first paycheck as a data analyst, I can remember being able to go to the store and purchase whatever I wanted without having to worry if I could afford it. This was a beautiful moment for me to realize that I no longer had to stress about those things anymore. Now I can live life according to my terms and not live a restricted life.

Colby started his new career at Deliv and now is continuing his career at Wells Fargo as a Business Analyst.

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Our Program 

Colaberry has been providing one-of-a-kind, career-oriented training in data analytics and data science since 2012. We offer instructor-led onsite and online classes. Learn with us in person on our campus in Plano, Texas or remotely from the comfort of your home. We have helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives with our immersive bootcamp-style programs.


In-Demand Skills

Colaberry training programs equip you with in-demand tech and human skills.  Our up-to-date lessons and carefully crafted curriculum set you up for success from day one. Throughout the training and the job search, our mentors will support and guide you as you transition into a fast-paced and exciting field of data analytics and data science. 


Project-Based Learning

Our programs integrate projects that are based on real-world scenarios to help you master a new concept, tool or skill. We work with you to build your portfolio to showcase your skills and achievements. 


Award Winning Learning Platform

You will be learning using our homegrown technology platform Refactored AI that is recognized as “Most Promising Work of the Future Solution” in a global competition by MIT SOLVE. Our platform also received General Motors “Advanced Technology” prize  and McGovern Foundation’s “Artificial Intelligence for Betterment of Humanity” prize. 


Placement Assistance

Colaberry’s program, platform and ecosystem empowers you with skills that you need to succeed in your job interviews and transition into a high paying careers. Over 1/3rdof Colaberry graduates receive job offers after their first in-person interview. We provide you continuous mentoring and guidance until you land your job; and provide you post placement support for twelve months so that you not only survive but thrive in your career. . 


Financial Aid

At Colaberry, we strive to create opportunities for all. We work with each individual to ensure the cost of the training does not hold them back from becoming future-ready. We offer various payment plans, payment options and scholarships to work with the financial circumstances of our learners. 


Military Scholarship

Colaberry is committed to supporting men and women who have served our country in uniform. As part of this commitment, we offer Military Scholarships to enable active-duty and retired military members to transition into civilian life. We have already helped numerous veterans by creating a pathway to rewarding and exciting careers in data science and data analytics. We hold alumni events, and provide an extensive support system and a strong community of veterans to help our students succeed. Contact our enrollment team to find out more about how we can help you. 

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