"The great thing about my work at SIMON is that I get a lot of responsibilities. That means I'm not just handling tickets like a code monkey, but, together with the team, think about "the next step" and from time to time also communicate with the customer about the solution we develop. As a result, I learn much faster in a shorter period of time." Mike started in 2018 as a Machine Learning Engineer at SIMON - a friend or ISAAC. We talked to him about his job and why he made the switch from software development to machine and deep learning.
Software development versus machine learning
Mike, from origin, you are a software developer. Why did you choose to make the switch? “Whilst I did a business case during my applied data science minor, I came into contact with SIMON and ISAAC. I noticed that the supervisor from SIMON really knew what he was talking about. That triggered me. Later I graduated at ISAAC and I had the opportunity to combine both my knowledge from software development and applied data science.
It turned out that I was interested more in data science, machine and deep learning. After graduating I was able to continue doing this at SIMON, although fortunately not having to completely let go of software development."
Oh, what's the story there? "The models that we develop and train, must ultimately be put into production. Enabling this is often done by means of APIs, which of course must be built. As SIMON is a relatively small team (ed. 10 technicians) it is handy if you also have that kind of knowledge.”
Learning by experimenting
What would you recommend to others who are considering making this switch? "If you want to make the transition from software development to artificial intelligence, it is important to ask yourself: can, and do I want to conduct research independently? The techniques are so incredibly new, you have to experiment a lot yourself in order to find out why something is not working. This kind of complexity challenges me. You start to read blogs, read papers, try to fathom math pieces and build proof-of-concepts. And when we have found something that is interesting for the market, we will try to apply it and expand our knowledge regarding this as quickly as possible.”
Small but a cozy and professional team
“We certainly do not shy away from new technologies, I like that. Also, the small SIMON-team ensures I enjoy going to work. There is professional cooperation and the project manager ensures that I am completely relieved of project processes, so that I can focus fully on the content. The team itself is also a lot of fun. We know each other well, the company organizes drinks or game nights regularly and there is the companies annual outing. And not unimportant, our free lunch is very tasty, the coffee is good and we have flexible working hours.
Would you also like a job like Mike's? Or do you want to know more about working at SIMON? We are always looking for new talent! Feel free to look through our website or send a message to Denise: firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp op 06-18 74 52 86.