When the pandemic struck, clients pulled back spend in deep analytics projects and I was furloughed. Instead of seeing this as a negative, I recognised this as being a fantastic opportunity to accelerate my learning. So, with the support of Hearts I used the time to learn something new that I could bring to my role. To delve deeper into the tools used to extract, store and manipulate raw data sources like SQL databases and Docker containers. This approach has both shifted and future-proofed my career path and already brought additional value to the agency through my new skillset. I also caught the bug for learning and I am now undergoing a Data Fellowship Apprenticeship.