First, congratulations on completing the Tableau Desktop 2 training! This is an important milestone in your journey to becoming a Tableau expert. To stay in the right flow, we'd like to give you 5 tips to keep developing, and get the most out of your Tableau training.

Tip 1: Keep practicing

This may sound logical, but too often we still see users who don't touch Tableau for an extended period of time after training. Perhaps there is no Tableau work yet or you don't get around to it. Still, we advise you to regularly use your new Tableau skills. For example, look up practice materials, such as open datasets on the Internet that interest you. This page has a whole collection of open data by interest.

You can also participate in Tableau community challenges. These weekly challenges challenge you to use Tableau in creative ways. In MakeoverMonday, you're going to give an existing visualization a makeover. WorkoutWednesday challenges you by recreating a somewhat more complex dashboard. A very educational challenge.

Tip 2: Use Tableau for real projects

Practicing is fun, but of course it's even cooler to put your new skills to use on real projects. Find projects where you can use your new skills. Also get inspired by examples on Tableau Public, and think about how you can use them in your own field. When there are really no projects at work, you can always create a dashboard for a hobby project. For example, I created a dashboard to keep track of my soccer team's statistics.

Tip 3: Collaborate with others

Find other Tableau users to collaborate with. This can be within your organization, but of course outside your organization as well. Connect with people around the world via LinkedIn or Twitter. Use the #DataFam to share posts with the data family. This helps you learn new skills and see different uses of Tableau. In addition, it is also a great way to expand your (professional) network.

Tip 4: Take advantage of Tableau support

You don't have to do it alone. There are opportunities for support if you can't figure out a Tableau issue on your own. For example, many questions can be found to the Tableau community forum. You can also submit your own questions here. The Tableau Community is happy to help you. We at The Information Lab also offer support for our customers. Our support is happy to help you with Tableau issues. Finally, from The Information Lab we also provide regular webinars, blogs and videos.

Tip 5: Stay on top of new features

Tableau is constantly evolving. Every release there are new cool features. To keep your Tableau skills up-to-date, it's good to stay up to date on new features. We often write about new features in our blogs. You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter on the right sidebar. We will then keep you updated on the latest developments. Keeping an eye on new developments will enable you to use Tableau in new and creative ways.


Once again, well done! Completing the Tableau Desktop II training is a great accomplishment. By applying the above tips after your Tableau training, you can continue to develop your skills and use Tableau in new and creative ways. Keep practicing, use Tableau for real projects, collaborate with others, take advantage of Tableau support, and stay abreast of new features. We'd love to help you with all your data and Tableau questions. Get in touch with us. Good luck and enjoy your Tableau journey!