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From our founding as Propulsion Academy in 2016 to our acquisition by SIT last year, today we welcome our new brand name: Constructor Learning.
Constructor Learning is part of the Constructor Group, initially named Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT). The organization was founded in 2019 by Dr. Serg Bell, a long-time entrepreneur and investor in technology and education. Dedicated to creating knowledge through science, education and technology, the ecosystem combines a comprehensive educational offering that spans the entire learning lifecycle, from K-12 to a private university and executive courses, next-generation research capabilities and commercial activities for technological innovation.
Founded and headquartered in Schaffhausen, SIT has rapidly grown since its creation, thanks to organic growth and acquisitions. As it has become a global organization with a footprint in more than 15 countries and a worldwide network of researchers, professors, investors, clients, and alumni, the brand had to be rethought to reflect this expansion better and unify the entire ecosystem under one name: Constructor.
My name is Ernest Mihelj and I come from Croatia. I have been living in Switzerland for the last 4 years doing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at ETH, which I have completed now. I was interested in changing professions and diving into data science-related jobs, which is why I decided to participate in the Data Science Bootcamp at SIT Learning.
What did you like most about SIT Learning’s Bootcamp?
A good practice of SIT Learning is that they are very mindful of the ratio between theory and practice. Aside from getting a good theoretical background on all the topics, you also get practical exercises, in which you can immediately put the theory that you have learned into practice. This way you can check whether you understand all the theoretical concepts and determine whether you understand them in different contexts.
Which was your favourite topic during the Bootcamp?
So given that it was a new topic for me, the week in which we learned about Deep learning was by far my favourite topic, as the concepts and techniques were new to me.
What was the most helpful topic you learned during the program?
In terms of the most helpful topic, I would emphasize the SQL portion of the program. As part of the last week of the Bootcamp, we delved into conversational databases and how to manage them. The SQL part was particularly helpful for my current job.
Tell us about your capstone project.
We collaborated with a medical analytics company, which receives medical data from different experts and institutions. For this project, the difficulty was dealing with missing data. We applied some imputation techniques to find intelligent ways to estimate the potential values that these missing data have. The main goal of the project pertained to exploring different computation techniques.
How was life after the Bootcamp? Are you happy with your new job, are you still in touch with your fellow students?
After completing the Bootcamp, life has been enjoyable from the aspect of now having access to this large network. I have also stayed in contact with some of my colleagues from the Bootcamp, we have a WhatsApp group where we exchange new topics and news from the data science industry. As for my job, the skills, and experiences that I gained have helped me perform in the workplace better.
Would you recommend SIT Learning’s Bootcamp to your friends?
I most definitely encourage both friends and family to engage in this very intense three-month course. It is rare to learn so much in such a short amount of time. I personally gained such an abundance of experience and have the added benefit of access to a network of people that are both interested and very well-connected in this field.
What did you improve on the most thanks to the Bootcamp?
I vastly improved my coding skills and quantitative reasoning skills, which are necessary for problem-solving. From an organizational perspective, I became much more structured in my approach to solving problems and completing projects.
Thanks a lot for the interview, Ernest. We wish you all the best for your future, both personally and professionally.
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