This time I have some great news to share that I’m really excited about!
This is really more of an extended and personal thank you note of the blogpost above to everyone that has been part of my journey. I met many smart and wise people who would always, always help me on these forums so I have to share my achievement here.
After failing the Google AI Residency interview, I really felt bad for not spending time in the community and when I decided to spend time on doing community work, run study groups and help organise meetups and even eventually start a podcast again the folks from these forums were very welcoming and helpful to me
This is a really big personal moment for me, something that I really never imagined happening so soon even though, I was slowly and variably working towards it. So I’d spend some time giving a shoutout to folks that were too kind to me, note that this will def be a non-exhaustive list.
@radek , for inspiring all of us to really embrace the fast.ai courses and sharing his learnings. I quite often shamelessly posted many dumb questions and he was too kind with his time to me.
@Ekami , A freelancer from here who taught me all of his trade secrets! Without his help, I wouldn’t have gotten started with DL Freelancing.
Data Science Network and Jovian Team
A little interesting story about the wonders of these forums. Earlier this year, two fast.ai fellows: @aakashns and @siddhantujjain, you might know them from DSNet the most active community in India in terms of fast.ai groups started a company to build a Jupyter tool that really resonates with the course’s thoughts on Jupyter notebooks.
I got my first remote job thanks to fast.ai forums, when I applied for a position on the team, since they already recognised me via the forums, the interview process was really a simple call about understanding the role and if it was a great fit. I’m really grateful to the team and I learnt a lot during my work with them.
I’d highly recommend checking out Jovian.ml, the platform really deserves a separate thread of discussions but it’s a free and open source tool that would make you like notebooks a little more I believe
@hiromi for the amazing set of notes! Those were the best ways of revising the lectures.
Also to many amazing people that I interviewed and got to know via the forums. Thanks for defining my journey.
Finally, to the heart of the course and family (I like the family word better than forums or community ):
Previously I wasn’t really in a good position to thank the team for my achievements. But I’d really like to thank @jeremy @rachel and @sgugger for all of my achievements (Any tiny ones) on Kaggle/ML/Blogging
If they hadn’t created this amazing community and course, I wouldn’t have been able to get a full time role.
I hope everyone will excuse the multiple tags and notifications but I’m so excited that I really wanted to tell it individually to everyone and tag mention them.
I’m really excited and super grateful to be starting my role as a ML Engineer and AI Content Creator at H2O.ai
All thanks to fast.ai
If you’re here, believe the course, spend time on the forums, talk to people but most importantly build lots of models and code a lot. And follow the things Jeremy says to do. Believe me, it’ll do wonders. I hope to continue learning more and now start a new chapter of my ML journey in a full time role