Student Success Story: Holly

“My role and my job feels different now due to Excel University. I can trust my worksheets and the work that I do, and my team members can utilize them without worrying about getting different results.”


  • A greater understanding of pivot tables
  • Streamlined reporting
  • Hours of time saved every month
  • Skills that can be taught to other team members

Improved Team Efficiency

  • Clear skill progression from beginner to advanced
  • Detailed tutorials with worksheets and practice tasks
  • Expert tutors with real-world experience
  • Actionable tips and tricks to improve efficiency

What was life like before you joined Excel University?

My name is Holly Ueland, and I am currently an audit manager with a government crown corporation. I have been an internal auditor for more than 10 years now. 

My main challenges were inefficient spreadsheets, and not really knowing the best way to get the results that were needed without doing it in a very manual way.

There was a lot of manual filtering or highlighting to see what the total would be, and then manually documenting that number before refiltering, and doing it again and again.


What has changed since you joined Excel University?

Excel University has really made my professional life so much easier. The skills that I learned at Excel University and then shared with the rest of my team has made our processes more efficient. 

One of the key items I learned that we now utilize every day is the use of tables and pivot tables. They have created efficiencies for us that I do not think we could measure. It has been invaluable.


What makes Excel University better than searching Google or YouTube?

When you search in Google you might not always hit the term that you are looking for. The video may not actually meet your needs. 

Even if you do learn a skill through that Google search and short video that you find, there is no support for it. You do not get to practice the skill or understand if you got the correct result. 

The value of Excel University over a Google search or other free resources is that you do get that foundation. Jeff builds it up step by step. He makes it understandable, relatable, and fun. 

You get all of the practice files where you can work along with the tutorial and afterwards on your own. Then there are small tests so you know if you have understood the content.


What is one of your favorite time-saving techniques?

The reporting at the end of the year has improved a lot. We have to report to the Audit Committee on how we utilize our time, and we were able to use the skills I learned at Excel University to make that process so much faster. 

Reporting should be a quick update, but it used to be a week-long process for us. Now it is at most a couple of hours!


Would you recommend Excel University?

I would recommend Excel University to everybody, and I already do! 

I always mention the course to the members of my team and encourage them to take it if they have the time in their schedule.

I think the best part about Excel University is that it is applicable to everyone. If you use Excel during your day at all, you need to take Excel University.

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