Amanda’s amazing journey in analytics

I thought artificial intelligence and Python software were beyond me, but here I am excelling – the lecturers demystified the topics and dissolved my insecurities.

Amanda Cole
Master of Business Analytics

Since Amanda Cole was first drawn to studies in Business Analytics at VU, her path into this high-growth industry has proven both professionally and personally stimulating.

“I’d been contemplating further postgraduate studies for a while. With 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and construction and my role as a safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) systems manager, I wanted a course that would help me find new ways to analyse and improve workplace performance.”

Serendipitous beginnings

“In 2019 I attended VU Open Day to support my daughter. We were at a booth discussing a course for her when a banner caught my eye across the room. I immediately felt chills. I’d found it: Business Analytics. The lecturer at the stand was so inspiring, I applied on the spot.

I began with a single unit and progressed to the Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics, then pathwayed into my masters.”

Mind-blowing learning

“Once I started my mind was blown! In data visualisation everything corresponds and interrelates. I thought artificial intelligence and Python software were beyond me, but here I am excelling – the lecturers demystified the topics and dissolved my insecurities.

The course teaches you how to think about the data differently, analysis and visualisation helps you to get the story from the data to prove or disprove your position.”

Unique & surprising benefits

“From day one, the diversity of students’ backgrounds enriched my learning, and the energy of the staff was infectious. VU is such a respectful, supportive place. In previous studies, I’ve struggled with statistics, but at VU, I barely need to ask and I’m getting the help I need.

When I enrolled, I thought I’d learn some new skills that would help me do my job better. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This course has challenged me in so many ways and has made me grow as a person.

I’m now so passionate about analytics, some classmates and I founded the Data Analytics Student Association and I became president. VU has also connected me with industry via conferences, supporting me to progress my career.”

Instantly applicable, transferable knowledge

“Since day one, the course has improved many areas of my work such as the ability to analyse and present the performance metrics in my work, as I apply what I learn right away. And using a theory, a concept or a software code in a practical setting solidifies my knowledge.

As we examine case studies in class, it’s evident the course is transferable to any industry – from healthcare to construction, retail, education and more.

A PhD in analytics may be next for me – I feel so excited by the possibilities, confident in my ability and empowered by my lecturers and mentors!”