Women in tech: Saba took the leap of faith and started a career in AI

by Nov 12, 2020News

Two years ago Saba moved from Pakistan to Belgium. And at the start of a new chapter, there is of course room for a new challenge. She decided to put her career in sales and marketing behind her and signed up for our AI bootcamp in Antwerp. At the start, she may not have been able to program, but a healthy dose of motivation and perseverance guide her through.

Discover her (BeCode) journey!

How did you find out about BeCode?
“I was looking for courses via Actiris in Brussels and I came across a BeCode AI Data Analyst training on Dorifor.”

What does AI mean to you?
“That’s a difficult one. I think it means bringing a lot of comfort in our lives and being able to do things more efficiently and more productively. It just makes life a little easier.” 

How would you explain AI to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
“It basically consists of automating with artificial intelligence the things that we do every day. A very common use is the smart vacuum cleaner. It collects all the information about the room (corners, distances, etc.) and it uses this data to train itself to make better decisions the next time it cleans your place.”

What was the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far?
“To me, it was the project for which we worked with a full email data set. We had to use natural language processing (NLP) techniques to explore emails from the inside.”

Why was this interesting for you?
“To me, it was interesting because the data was not just composed of figures and numbers : there was readable text. It was the first time I was using textual data. Usually, we use a lot of numbers, so this was personally something new that triggered me. It was also a new approach to exploring data. Everyday is a new day, everyday we learn new things, we explore a lot, read a lot. The fact that we learn something new everyday is very exciting to me.”

Do you think there is danger in AI?
“Obviously, AI can be very dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands and if it is misused.”

What challenges you the most during the training? 
“The biggest challenge that I face is the fact that I don’t have an IT background and that I didn’t have a lot of coding experience before starting this adventure. I really started learning how to code as part of this training.” 

“The fact that we learn something new everyday is very exciting to me.”

The end of the training is approaching. What are your plans for after the training?
“My main goal is to find a job in the AI field.”

What would that job look like, then?
“I’m more interested in data analytics. So, I would love a job  in which I can do a lot of data analysis and give insights about the data. That’s really my dream, although I don’t have a very specific dream job.

A.I. is a fast-evolving field, how do you keep up? 
“I think it is very important to keep up with the changes, to keep reading and searching for information about all the new technologies that are coming.“

“I usually read Medium blogs about data science. You can find a lot of interesting articles about everything that’s going on in the AI world.”

Perseverance can get you through the training.”

Why do you think anyone should follow our AI bootcamp? 
“Because AI is everywhere, in all the things that we use. For example, when you use a Google Nest, you use AI. When you search your way on Google Maps, you use AI. Same goes with Google translate, etc.. It’s a forward-looking field.”

What do you think is the best way to prepare for the AI bootcamp?
“I’d advise candidates to learn the basics of Python before starting the training. It’s also very helpful to have a good overview of what AI and a data scientist are. Some knowledge in statistics also helps, as we use a lot of tools that are based on statistics.”

What tips would you give to someone who’s following the AI bootcamp?
“Never stop trying!  There are difficult days, but you need to hold tight and try again. Perseverance can get you through the training.”

Are you interested in following the AI Bootcamp?

Amazing! – We have a new class starting in Antwerp on the 5th of January.

 

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