What knowledge and skills did you learn during your Bachelor’s that are really useful to you now?
Generally speaking, combining study with a part-time job and a social life can be difficult sometimes, but it taught me how to plan well!
AI-wise, learning how to program has been one of the most important skills after my Bachelor’s. Also, the logical reasoning and programming courses taught me to be able to view everything as something ‘logical’ and use deduction in order to find answers to problems or divide a large problem into smaller (solvable) ones. This is actually not only useful in AI but also in life in general.
What did you find most challenging in your Bachelor’s (specialisation)? Did you encounter any obstacles?
The most challenging in the Bachelor I found that sometimes material could be quite complex. This means that sometimes you go to a lecture and do not understand everything right away. You really had to dive in and practice with the material in order to fully understand it. But it is very pleasing to go over your lecture notes afterwards and see that it all makes sense now.
Also, learning how to program requires lots and lots of practice, sometimes having a day where it all just doesn’t work out the way you want it to. Working on it for hours while not achieving anything can feel terrible. Though, the feeling you get when you look at the result of something YOU made at the end of a project, something that actually works and does something cool after working so hard for it, is the most satisfying feeling in the world!
Could you say a little about the job you do now (function and description of your daily activities)?
I’m currently in my Masters in Artificial Intelligence, in the specialization Intelligent Technology. Here I actually get to apply all the knowledge I obtained in my Bachelor's degree to various fields that I’m interested in. Every day I learn something about the current state-of-the-art and try to come up with new AI solutions to all sorts of problems. Personally, I am very interested in the application side of AI, specifically in fields such as (forensic) linguistics, medical imaging, and computer vision. It’s great to see what new findings and intelligent systems AI can bring in these fields.
What do you like about your profession and what makes working in your field so interesting and/or relevant?
What I like is that the use of AI in the fields mentioned above is very applied, practical. Every time I use some AI techniques, I actually achieve some results that are visible, tangible and understandable. It brings new insights into certain research areas and/or a system that could do something completely on its own! AI really is the future, and it feels great to be a part of this.
Do you have any tips/suggestions for prospective students?
Find a bachelor that you love to do! Don’t pick a study based on what you think you want to do afterwards, but choose a study that is most interesting to you NOW. You’ll be doing the study for (at least) three years, so try and find your passion. If you do, you’ll see that your study will actually feel like a hobby – not working on it because you have to, but because you WANT to!