An engineer recently asked me how she could turn an interest in machine learning into a full-time job. This can be a daunting prospect, because the whole field has until recently been very separate from traditional engineering, with only a few specialists at large companies using it in production, often far from traditional product teams. I took a very random path to focusing on deep learning full time, but so did most of the people I work with. It’s not clear that there is one good route, but I wanted to share the advice I had to offer in case it’s helpful to others.
Become a Designated Machine Learner
Every manager should point at one member of their team and say “You are now our machine learning expert”. If your manager doesn’t do that for you, announce it yourself to anyone who will listen. This may sound like madness…
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