Summer of Code
The Last Week of August
August is a funny month in Spain. Ever since I moved here in 2001, there has been a tacit agreement that not a lot happens in August that isn’t postponed until September. It’s a month of partial down-time. Many businesses close for the month, holidays are taken and the heat and habit determines a lower level of productivity. The summer heat dictates a more gentle pace of live and the country withdraws in preparation for the restart in September. Mine has been no different, work dried up for the first two weeks and the heat this year was more than the norm. I was fortunate to be able to use the time to get some programming practice and courses under my belt. August for me me though, always feels like I could have done more, but then some rest is important.
The Job I Didn’t Apply For
There’s a company in Dublin that was hiring at the beginning of the month. An
old work colleague is the founder and they were looking for new people to
expand their sales team. It seemed like an opportunity to get into an AI
company and put my sales experience to use. I signed up for
those skills were easier to brush up on, rather than trying to prove my self-taught
Nine courses later, and worthwhile course, mind you,
I knew it wasn’t going to be the job I was going to apply for. I’ve always
enjoyed sales, but there is a lot of water under the bridge since my last job.
Learned a lot, but really could have spent that time getting a few
projects up on my
With renewed clarity, I got back to
Python. Completed a
DataQuest course on
" Python Functions and Learn Jupyter Notebook", an
Eduactaive course on
“Python Data Analysis and Visualization”, mostly
stuff, and two other LinkedIn courses “Python Data Analysis” and Building
a Recommendation System with Python Machine Learning & AI", a low level look at
I also earned my first “ninja” belt at
PyBites. It’s a great site, and I’m weigh up the monthly
fee against what is my first experience of a friendly python community.
I do wish I’d found it earlier, before I committed monthly budgets to other
services. Maybe it’s a better buy than
The plan, Stan?
There’s a nine hour course on
Then there’s Educative’s Data Analysis and Visualization with Python
course that I’m halfway through. So yes, it’s been and continues to be
a productive August, taking advantage of the down-time at work and getting
skilled up, in both the soft-skills of
B2B sales and
Python. Not too bad.