Maher Sebai joined the Applied MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programme in October 2018. In this interview, he talks about his career change and his goals.
Hometown: Tunis, Tunisia
Background: In 2004, I graduated from Tunisia Polytechnic School and since then I worked for various blue chips semiconductor companies where I acted as a Presilicon Verification Engineer hunting circuit bugs before it goes for mass production.
Why Data Science ?
My former company were promoting internally their effort to win the Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence silicon acceleration market. I got exposed to their product visions and found it fascinating. My research regarding these techniques and the recent breakthroughs lead me to discover what is now dubbed as the sexiest job of the century. But more than the hype, it’s my desire to leave my decade-long comfort zone and tackle challenging problems coming from various horizons.
What advice you would give to people who hesitate to change career for Data Science?
There is a need to demystify data science. The countless available online resources of learning data science is a striking fact and sometimes overwhelming. Whether being just curious or having a serious project to break into the field, quality learning medium exists. It is just a matter of finding what learning path suits one’s life constrains. I chose DSTI not only for the quality of its curriculum but to interact and exchange with my classmates.
What’s your plan for after graduation?
The learning Journey won’t end for sure. I will be looking for a position to perfect my competencies in real world situations. But who knows, maybe one day I’ll have an epiphany that will help me start my own project.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
A mental visualization trick a friend gave me “just picture yourself succeeding”. Ridiculously effective!