I just graduated undergrad and signed as a first year analyst at a fast growing real estate private equity firm. I wanted to get thoughts from experienced professionals if learning how to code Python will be a value add to my firm and if it is worth my time. Our analysis is excel heavy and we use minimal VBA, so if I were to learn how to code, I'd be the first in my firm of 30 to have this skill-set in my toolbox. However, I wanted to get insights from the community on how relevant this skill-set is automating functions in day to day operations at a equity shop. Does Python have the capabilities to supplement/compliment regular excel functions, or will it be a waste of time learning how to code.
My interest in learning Python only lies in creating tools that will help with our processes in the tools we have, and this could potentially be a huge value-add to my firm, but I do not know the capabilities which Python has to be able to know what tools I could potentially create. What exactly can Python bring to the table at a private equity firm, and are there any firms that have vastly incorporated coding into their DNA?