How I went from dead-end financial consulting and no technical skills to machine learning engineering in 5 years, and then to AI research 3 years later.

My guiding principle was to maximize my usefulness - I never planned farther than 6 months ahead. If I'd seen this roadmap in 2012 I probably would've given up immediately and started that pub crawl business.

Time

2011 Q2

2011 Q3 - 2012 Q4

2013 Q1

2013 Q2 - 2013 Q4

2013 Q4

2014 - 2015 H1

2015 H2

2015 Q4 - 2017 Q4

2016 Q1

2016 Q2 - 2019 H1 (3 years)

2016 H2

2017 H1 - 2019 H1 (2 years)

2017 Q4

2017 Q4 - 2020 Q4

2019 H2 - 2020 H1

2020 Q1

2020 Q4

Status

Graduated with econ degree, 3.1 GPA

Job 1: financial consulting

Web Development curriculum (step 1)

Dev Bootcamp

Job 2: Web development

Stagnation

Dipping my toes in CS

Job 3: Fullstack Engineer

First attempt at CS Curriculum

CS Curriculum (step 2)

Dipping my toes in ML

ML Curriculum (step 3)

ML sabbatical

Job 4: ML Engineer

NLP Systems Curriculum