One of the big problems when carrying out Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence projects in companies is having the right professionals. There are still few people in Spain with the necessary training in this area of ​​specialization. However, the demand is increasing.

BI teams and departments don’t have the capacity to implement Machine Learning in most cases and, conversely, there are not many service companies with the experience and profiles necessary to address these projects.

In this post we are going to explore some of the career paths we can follow to train ourselves, deepen and keep our knowledge of this discipline up to date.

Academic training and MOOC

Without a doubt, if we want to obtain an in depth training we can explore the possibility of doing an official master's degree or in a prestigious university or school. The problem with these masters is that many times they will require a heavy investment in time and money.

On the other hand, it is not always easy to make them compatible with work, so they are not an option for many people. Some of the most prestigious masters in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Spain are:

Another option is to resort to master's degrees or post-graduate courses offered by business schools. This option is interesting if we want to orientate ourselves to a less technical and more directive role, since these courses in general are very business oriented. Some of the most recognized in Spain are:

However, academic training is changing a lot in recent years. The most up-to-date knowledge closer to a companies’ need is not usually found in universities, but in new digital schools or mass online courses (MOOC). These require less time at a lower cost.

Some examples of new digital schools, which offer face-to-face courses of different lengths, would be:

Undertaking a MOOC can be a very interesting option if we don’t have a lot of time and do not want to make a heavy investment. Some of these online courses are even free and, generally, they are short and focus on a specific topic.

They are a very good option to have access to prestigious teacher classes outside Spain and gain knowledge with a small effort.

There are many online courses on different platforms. Here are some of the most successful and impactful:

Certifications

A good way to delve into a specific product or technology is to obtain a certification that accredits you as an experts.

Several platforms and products offer good material to prepare for these certifications and the costs of obtaining them are usually not very high, although we must pass an exam that is sometimes not easy.

Some of the most demanded certifications are:

Reference books

If what we want is to deepen in the ideas and theories of the great thinkers in the area of the Artificial Intelligence we have a great diversity of bibliographical references. Much has been written as there are countless books and papers on the subject, but we recommend three books that have had a special impact on the scientific community:

Events & Meetups

One of the great problems we find in areas of knowledge is that these are so innovative and changing that they evolve very fast. Being aware of the latest trends and tools can be, at times, complicated.

To alleviate this problem, a good idea is to participate in local communities. Specifically in Madrid there are several meetup groups that meet periodically, where you can attend free lectures by expert speakers on AI and Machine Learning. This gives us the opportunity to recycle knowledge, share experiences and network with people from different fields.

Some of the most active and interesting meetups in Madrid are the following:

Reference blog

We reccomend the Kaggle blog. This blog is one of the main meeting points of data scientists. In it, different challenges or contests are launched where companies and entities share certain data and pose an open challenge.

Sometimes important monetary prizes are offered to the person who proposes the best algorithm to solve the problem. In any case, it is a place of reference and a fundamental site to learn and share knowledge. Google acquired the portal in 2017.

Conclusion

I hope that all these resources will help you become an expert in the field. If you know something else that we have not included, please share it with us in the comments.

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