Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2002 08:29:13 -0000
Reply-To: Roland <roland.rashleigh-berry@VIRGIN.NET>
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From: Roland <roland.rashleigh-berry@VIRGIN.NET>
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Subject: Re: Introduction to SAS
I learnt my SAS off a former employee of the SAS Institute who had gone into
consultancy and was working in my team when I joined it. I was a Cobol and
MBasic programmer before that. Learning the subject off somebody who is very
competent and having a thorough grounding in programming as preparation
I wish I could remember the guy's name.
He got us into a spot of trouble once - a run-in with the law, drinking beer
on the opposite side of the road to the "Sun" on Lamb's Conduit Street.
What was his name, now?
I suppose it would be a bit embarrasing if I suddenly remembered it....
Jim Tomason - got it !!
"Charles Patridge" <Charles_S_Patridge@PRODIGY.NET> wrote in message
> Maybe a few other SAS Consultants can offer some advice to Richard as to
> how and where you learned SAS.
> Introduction to SAS
> Hi Richard,
> First, I would say many of the current SAS consultants learned SAS while
> being employed fulltime as employees of former employers before going into
> Consulting, including myself.
> Second, some may have learned SAS while in college or graduate school.
> And finally, once a SAS consultant, a number of them would do some of the
> following: buy manuals and learn new enhancements/features from them,
> attend SAS classes when available, attend local/regional/national SAS user
> group meetings for presentations/handouts that are offered.
> Subscribe and actively glib information from SAS-L.
> And lastly, there are a couple of Online SAS Training programs or
> (including SAS Institute's very own web site) which can be found but I
> caution you as to the money you may spend on such classes as being money
> NOT well spent for the MOST part.
> I would say the most effective manner in learning SAS is getting access to
> the SAS software for your own personal use, get a set of manuals (even
> version 6 manuals are still worth having), and building sample
> applications, tools or reports with your own data or needs.
> For instance, I use SAS to do a number of tasks on my PC to help with
> administrative type tasks I have at home such as simple accounting, simple
> reporting, my Christmas Mailing to over 200 people, generate labels,
> letters, etc for marketing my Fuzzy Merge SAS Routines, doing statistical
> analyses, generate lists of "things" for my volunteer activities, etc etc.
> But in total honesty, "On the Job" experience is the best teacher as you
> can not possibly generate all the variation of tasks on your own using
> SAS. This kind of experience will enlighten you to the depth that SAS can
> reach and solve your computer/business problems.
> Charles Patridge
> If there is anything else I can assist you with, please email me, and I
> will gladly help out where I can.
> --- Original Message ---
> From: "Richard Collins" <email@example.com>
> To: Charles_S_Patridge@prodigy.net
> Subject: Introduction to SAS
> Mr. Patridge
> I came across your web page (http://www.sconsig.com) while researching SAS
> job opportunities. I recently finished my Master's degree in Computer
> Science and started looking for jobs related to the fields of Data Mining
> and Statistics. My undergraduate degree (Industrial Engineering) focused
> heavily on Statistics, while my Masters focused on Artificial
> including pattern recognition and data mining using decision trees, neural
> networks and clustering.
> Initially, I did not find very many non-academic jobs which fit my skill
> set. However, I eventually came across some SAS consulting jobs which
> appear to fit my background perfectly. The only issue is that most of
> them require multiple years of SAS experience. I was wondering if you
> could relate to me some of the places that the SAS consultants that you
> know initially learned SAS.
> Thank You,
> Richard Collins
> University of South Florida