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My Path to Data Science.

A few fun facts about myself

I do not drink any coffee at all. I know nothing about movies. My favorite TV shows are sitcoms or crime series. I eat almost everything. I enjoy cooking and eating out in nice restaurants. I am a sports enthusiast and watch what I can. I have younger twin sisters. I used to know how to play guitar. Traveling is awesome. I enjoy gardening and building things.

Come take a closer look

My path to becoming a Data Scientist wasn't always straight forward as I do not have the strongest computer science or programming background originally. But with every step throughout my career, it has become clearer that I wanted to focus on this field and work on the challenges that come with it. So let's start from the beginning.

What happened so far

I believe it's fair to say that it all started in my last year of high school when I was able to participate in a database course at a nearby college. It was then that my passion for data was born. Consequently, I did my bachelor's degree in Business Informatics which gave me some basics in databases and programming, but nothing too fancy and far from Data Science. Being a dual study program however, I got some great experience in SAP business intelligence projects at my partner company.
Come as it may, I started my professional career as an SAP business intelligence consultant and enhanced my previous knowledge a great deal. I worked with some amazing colleagues from interesting backgrounds who were able to teach me a lot. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the work very much, while at the same time wondering if I couldn't broaden my skill set to be able to explore a wider set of BI and Analytics issues.

Getting into Data Science

It was 2015 and words like Hadoop, Big Data or Data Science kept flying around me. I was intrigued, and as I started to learn more about these topics became very interested. I tried teaching myself and learning from experienced colleagues in little side initiatives at work for a while. But as with everything you do on the side, I found it tough to focus on it 100% and get the results that I wanted and expected. I had always thought about doing a master's and now had discovered a great major for it that would give me a deeper technical background.
Today, I am studying a MSc. in Data Science at a small university in Skövde (Sweden). While deciding on a program, it was important to me to enroll in one that had a clear focus on Data Science and was not another business/tech combination like my undergraduate program. Now I am doing programming in Scala, R or Python, visualizing data and using algorithms for machine learning or data mining. Who would have ever thought of that!

Beyond laptop screens and lines of code

We live in a world where everyone is almost always glancing at a phone, tablet or computer screen, so working in front of one of these doesn't really help the issue. Over the years, I came to realize that manual labor is actually somewhat relaxing to me and helps clear my mind. I enjoy gardening, harvesting fruits or vegetables, but also do a great deal of woodworking. There is always some next project on my mind and I think I actually use my grandfather's workbench more than he does.
Aside from this, I truly love traveling. For studies, I have already lived in the USA, Australia and Sweden, made amazing friends all over place and enjoy visiting them or just explore some new places. I am sure I could go on and on, but you get the general idea. If you want to learn more, shoot me a message or see my Instagram.

At Lake Vänern in Mariestad, Sweden Collection of polaroid pictures from travel Alexander Croll Alexander Croll in front of a school bus in U.S.

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What I've done & what I can do

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