Student Success Story: Chifumi

“My biggest win with Excel University was learning all the features that I was not aware of, that are useful for automation. It will save me a lot of time at work.”


  • Significant time savings
  • A better understanding of Power Query and Power Pivot
  • Can now contribute to automation across the organization
  • Is a more confident user of Excel

Strong Understanding of Automation in Excel

  • Well structured courses
  • Suitable for all skill levels
  • Both theoretical and practical lessons
  • Courses designed by experts in Excel

What was life like before you joined Excel University?

My name is Chifumi Itoh, and I am from Japan. I work for a Japanese subsidiary of a US company, and currently have two major roles. 

One is the Accounting Manager for the Japanese entity, and the other one is the RPA citizen developer for the broader accounting organization. 

While I was working on RPA projects, I realized that the RPA software that we are using is not always a good solution for Excel-related activities. If I try to let the RPA bot work on Excel activities, it is sometimes very slow.

What has changed since you joined Excel University?

I have learned a lot of new things about Power Query and Power Pivot. I find them to be very powerful tools from the automation perspective. I am sure that I can contribute more to automation for the organization now.

What makes Excel University better than searching Google or YouTube?

Using Google or YouTube, I could not learn Excel holistically. By learning through Excel University, I became more confident in my knowledge of Excel.

What is your favorite time saving technique?

I updated one of my analysis worksheets using Power Query and Power Pivot. Now I just need to save downloaded reports in a folder and refresh the data. 

Everything is done by Excel. The subtraction calculation and USD conversion are all taken care of.

Would you recommend Excel University?

I absolutely recommend Excel University, especially to all the people in finance and accounting. It is very well structured and it has a lot of practice exercises that help to improve your confidence.