What I do outside my work is equally important as what I do at work.
After a typical day of hyperparameter stunning, iOS app development and a bit of screaming at my screens, I reside to various machine learning communities online.
In the past six months, I have accidentally started building a personal brand within the AI community. Through several different online platforms, I can reach hundreds to thousands of people daily.
And I think you can, and should do the same.
Below is a summary of platforms that I’m utilizing to build a presence within the ML community.
The AI-related content on Medium has always been a great source of information, both during my academic studies and now in my career.
I’ve read articles that simplified complex neural network architecture research papers; and articles that provided useful advice on how to approach job selection or salary negotiation within the AI industry.
In the summer of 2019, I decided to become not only a consumer of content on Medium but also a creator. I didn’t know what to expect, but I had one aim in mind.
My goal was to use Medium as a tool to reinforce the knowledge and information I was gaining through my studies and projects; Medium to me then was a form of knowledge retention tool.
Medium to me now is a platform that enables me to reach thousands of people daily. I’ve written over 70 AI, and ML related articles and I can see that a good number of people are inspired by my writing and are learning and taking away one actionable item.
I’ve (for some reason) been recognized as one of the top writers in the topics: Artificial Intelligence, Technology and Education. This is, in fact, an honour that I hope to retain for as long as I can.
Tip: Integrate Medium within your learning process. Write articles on concepts and ideas that you are currently learning. This can help with knowledge retention and has the added benefit of providing an online portfolio.
I can’t recall when I first made my LinkedIn account, but what I can say is that I’ve utilized LinkedIn more than I have in 2020 in comparison to any other years.
A fair number of individuals read my work, and some readers have questions in regards to contents within my article. LinkedIn is one of the conventional methods of reaching me.
I am more than happy to answer any questions and give any advice on topics that falls within areas of my technical expertise. To date, I have approximately answered 50+ questions from individuals who have contacted me through LinkedIn. I’ve also taken some time out to have video conference calls with individuals. Some questions I receive require more extensive answers.
Most of the questions I get asked are around the best methods of learning machine learning, or which career paths to take. Although I am not an expert, I am happy to share the little I’ve picked up through my studies, research and experiences.
If you would like to send me a message or discuss matters that are ML related, I’m reachable here.
In the last six months, I’ve sat with individuals that were seeking advice on projects, and in a few cases, I’ve been paid for my time and expertise. Now, the amount I’ve been paid is not life-changing, and I won’t become a full-time consultant anytime soon. But the fact that individuals place a monetary value on just my expertise is still crazy to me.
In addition to consultancy work, I was recently invited to be a Technical Author for a Computer Vision book that is to be released in the future. Again, the opportunity seemed too good to be true, but here I am today, a few chapters into the unreleased book.
Apart from my learning and career, I can’t predict what opportunities I might come across. Every month is different.
I admire AI/ML YouTube channels, where the host teaches machine learning related topics or explain and implement techniques presented in research papers.
I’ve decided to start building on the YouTube platform. Soon, I will be posting content that I feel are useful to those starting in machine learning/ deep learning.
Feel free to subscribe to my channel here (shameless plug).
Tip: Don’t be afraid to expand your reach. Let the world know you exist.