I had completed the #100DaysofMLCode Challenge and I had got a good experience working in Python and a head start into the world of Machine Learning. I thought it would be great if I could use what I have learnt in some way that might be useful. Then I thought that an Internship would be a great way to use my newly acquired skills. So I started skimming over the Internet, sent some mails around to random companies operating in Chennai. But man it was tough! I never got a reply to any of my mails.
But no, I had to get an Internship, because :
I kept searching.
One Sudden Day I received a message on the Chennai School of AI’s Whats-app Group. It said → “Intern’s needed. No need to have a degree. Just some Curiosity to Learn ….. “, and much more. I thought this was it, this was my chance to use my skills and so I sent away my Resume. I joined this Internship in the month of February,2019. Here I was, my first Internship ever at Ydealogy Ventures. I couldn’t believe it. My First income at the age of 19😎. This was freaking awesome. Well here is what I learnt from my three months as an Intern :
1] Make Contacts :
Go on ahead. Meet new people. Attend workshops, seminars, meetups, anywhere you can find people that you can learn from. Meeting new people can inspire you, motivate you to do something new, something exciting, something that can make a special spot on your resume. So go meet people who have a positive and inspiring influence on you. I got my Internship only because I had an useful contact.
2] Show Off :
Just show off. Show off what you have worked on, what you have learnt, what projects you have created, what you have researched, what you have accomplished so far in your journey. Just put it out there in-front of the world. As you show the world your capabilities, the world starts providing you with opportunities. Start a blog, use Social Media. Influence the damn World. I ended up with this Internship only because I had something to present.
3] Just Start :
No matter how hard the task may seem, just start working on it. As you start working you automatically find ways to do it. When I was given my first task as an intern, I had no idea how to work on the problem. But then I started researching, trying code after code, revising my math and then finally I ended up with a solution. Just Start, however impossible the task may seem.
4] New Technologies :
During my period as an intern I got to learn a lot of new technologies. I was working with python libraries that I had never used before. I got to know how the backend of any system works and how I can Integrate my Python code into a working website using the python library “Flask”. I was learning as I was working. Learning something while working on something that you like is the best way to learn new things.
5] Never Give Up :
As I was coding the project, sometimes the problem felt unsolvable. It felt impossible to solve. But then the solution to any problem ever is to never give up. So I started brainstorming, took a pen and started drawing, creating equations and then after trying hard I found the solution. The solution is always around there, the key is never giving up.
6] Workspace :
I understood the importance of a proper workspace. A proper workspace allows your thoughts to flow clearly. Your imagination broadens. Your Physical environment affects your mental thoughts. A good space to work with the proper resources is the best way to get the best out of you.
7] Importance of a mentor :
Having a mentor to guide you through your journey is the best gift you can ever have. A mentor can show you the right path, the correct way to do things, the approach to any problem and set you on a path where your dreams start becoming a reality. So if you haven’t yet then go find a mentor. My Internship gave me a mentor and I am grateful to have him. Kumar Sachi has been an Inspiration and the best mentor till date. I Thank him for giving me a chance to apply my skills.
This Internship taught me a lot and the only thing that matters is to keep working, network and always continue the learning process.After working on the whole backend of an application, my confidence has grown and I have started believing in my skills. Working on something that you like can really boost your confidence on a different level. It has pushed me to go ahead and try new things and keep increasing my skill set.
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