Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Applying to Graduate School Master Degree and PhD

After transitioning to machine learning, I had to learn it the hard way that it is now very competitive and difficult to get into graduate school. Engineering departments are crammed. Here are some difficult lessons I have learned. I am not admissions, I don't know what's the best, but I know what didn't work.

  • Not having strong recommendations letters
    • Without strong recommendation letters, nothing works. It's important to build that network out in the long strong: peers and supervisors in a work or academic setting is especially important
  • Not having a strong personal statement
    • I made the mistake of focusing on my technical skills. There are always people who are better than me. I should have had a narrative, a bigger picture. Higher performance.
    • Even writing papers they require you to write about why the research project matters to me personally.  

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