Thanos transition from Chemicals production in Greece to Data Science in Sweden

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Meet Athanasios one of our Saltie´s

This week, we had the opportunity to converse with Athanasios (Thanos), a 38-year-old professional born in Athens, Greece. He participated in SALT’s .NET career program in 2023.

What do you do today?

I work as a Data Scientist at Autotarget AB, a company that is part of Informationsgruppen. My tech stack is Python and Azure. It is a very creative role as I am responsible for the development of AI models for customer segmentation and targeted marketing. Most of my work revolves around data preprocessing, training of AI models and their deployment in Azure.

What did you do before SALT?

I have studied Production Engineering and Management BSc and MSc at the Technical University of Crete and an Applied Artificial Intelligence MSc at Lulea Technical University. I worked as an Industrial Data Scientist and Production Director in the chemical industry when I was living in Greece.

When did you learn to code?

I first started coding at the age of 15 when I was at school. Back then the first programming language I learned was Visual Basic.

Describe your time at SALT campus

The SALT coding boot camp was a fun and adrenaline-pumping experience. It was packed with new knowledge at an intense pace and was also a perfect place to meet new, like-minded people and bond over a common goal.

What was the best thing about the career program?

During the boot camp, the learners are formed into groups working together in a concept called “mob programming” where all team members must come to a consensus about how to solve the various problems during the training. This process, although slow in the beginning, lets you explore how other people approach problem-solving and I really believe it levels up your skills.

What was the most challenging part of the career program?

The most challenging part was the workload and the commitment needed to finish the program. You need to be 101% present and let your friends and family know that these are 3 months that will change your life.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

My aim is to gain as much knowledge as possible in the field of AI and software engineering and take leadership roles.

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