Laurent Berder joined the Applied MSc in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence in 2015. In this interview, he will share his experience as a DSTI student and tell us more about his career path.
Tell us more about your professional background.
Before I studied at DSTI, I used to have a different job, as I had been working in Human Resources for about 10 years. For years, I had responsibilities in HR Information System and HR Statistics, so when I decided to change to a more technical career, I thought Data Science made sense in a continuity of my experiences in IT and statistics.
What’s your current job?
I’m a Data Science Consultant, so I work on projects for various clients. I have for example programmed a forecasting model for the finance department of a large shipping company which needed to budget late penalties in advance. Another type of mission I had was to study the longterm goals and current work practices of a startup, and make recommandations on how to improve their calculations and reach their objectives.
How did DSTI helped you achieving your goals?
DSTI helped me in many ways! I learned the principles of data handling, of machine learning and of deep learning. But most of all, I gained the general culture on the subject, which means I know have the necessary understanding to find ways to improve my knowledge even further. This is the reason why the program encourages us to learn so much background theories, and not just how to use black-box tools.
Where do you see yourself working in 5 years?
Five years ago, if anyone had asked me this question, there was no way I could have predicted where I am now, so far from my previous roles. I do not make longterm plans, and will take opportunities of progressing in skills as they present themselves to me.