Some people have an innate calling for their passions. One such story is of Captain Azeem, who takes Race Car Tech Workshop with MyCaptain. Read through to know his journey.
Discovering My Passion
Growing up I was always fascinated by cars, and I even used to trace over the xeroxed images of cars from different magazines. My love for automobiles from a young age is what helped me get through all the school years, despite of the hurdles I faced. In 12th std and decided that I would work on pursuing something in automobiles.
One of the biggest challenges at this point was the fact that no one supported my idea. But I was quite sure that this is what I wanted to do and I persevered my way through college. And 4 years later, I graduated with distinction in Automative Engineering in my college.
Even though I had the degree now, it didn’t mean that everything was sorted. The real ride of pursuing this field had just began. Me & my team were facing certain hurdles because we were lacking funds and sponsors which would help us turn our designs into working prototypes.
We still managed to participate and win several competitions and automobile building challenges across India and even in UK and Philippines. The Shell Eco Marathon in Manila, Philippines is where we presented the concept for a car with the mileage of 200-400 kms/litre.
I was constantly working in other engineering fields to be able to support my dream of designing cars. It was during this time, when I was travelling and my car broke down in the middle of the road. I took the car to the mechanic to get it fixed, but I was not satisfied with the service at all. As an automotive engineer I could identify that the service offered to me was highly over-charged.
It was after this incident, that I worked on the idea of providing efficient car maintenance solutions to people. My startup, Carjoz, which I co-founded works on providing efficient and cost effective car maintenance solutions. We are a team of automobile engineers and are focused on streamlining the various automobile services.
Becoming a Captain
I became a mentor for the Race Car Tech Workshop, back in 2016 when Zeeshan reached out to me. I will never forget my first workshop experience. The kind of enthusiastic mentees I had made me realise how much I love sharing my journey and my learning with them. Even today, after having mentored so many students that zeal of taking a batch and helping students take their first step in this field is still there.
For anyone who is looking to venture into this field, or in any other field that they are interested in, I just want to say this
Success is a high unlike anything else that you will ever experience, and when you see something you build finally run successfully is an unmatched feeling.
Do numbers excite you? Do you wish to enter the dynamic and extremely lucrative world of stock trading? But getting into the world of trading can be confusing and most of the time, the risk involved in it can make you change your mind about pursuing it. We bring to you this step by step guide to help you become a stock trader.
But don’t worry, this article will tell you everything there is to know about stock trading and making a career in it whether you are looking to work as an individual or represent a firm.
Who is a stock trader?
When put into simple words, a stock trader is a financial investor. There are mainly two types of traders: individual traders also called retail traders and professional traders who buy and sell stocks on behalf of a financial company or firm.
Despite who he/she works for, a stock trader’s primary objective is to buy and sell shares in different companies with a focus on making profits from the fluctuations in the market. They either work with a stockbroker or with a brokerage firm and get access to the shares that they trade.
Different types of stock trading
To better understand the world of trading and to create a successful trading career for yourself, you will need to know about the different types of trading. There are four major types of trading: Intraday trading, Swing trading, positional trading, and Scalping.
Intraday Trading: Done by day traders, Intraday trading involves buying and selling of stocks on the same day. A day trader registers profits and losses in a quick fashion before the stock market closes for the day. They do not hold any equities for more than a few hours and start fresh every morning when the market opens.
Swing Trading: Swing trading can be called as the extended version of day trading. Swing traders hold equities for a day and predict the short-term fluctuations in the market overnight.
Positional Trading: Positional trading calls for holding stocks for a long time. The stretch can be a few months to even a few years. Traders in this type predict large profits and big price movements over a long period of time. Minor fluctuations are mostly ignored and the traders make decisions by analyzing both technicals and fundamentals in the long run.
Scalping: This type of trading is one of the quickest ones and involves making a profit off small price changes, usually after a trade is made and has become profitable. Anybody using this type of trading needs to follow a strict exit strategy as one big loss can make up for all the small profits that got stacked over many trades. Scalpers hold equities for a few seconds or minutes and trade with the slightest of movements, resulting in the lowest risk possible.
Becoming a Stock Trader in India
Now that you know the basics of the trading world, becoming a successful one just became a bit easier. Firstly, just like specializing in any other field, trading also requires passion and a lot of hard work. Becoming a trader requires an investment of time as well as money and requires research and understanding of the market.
But before we get into becoming a trader, you should know that a trader that has acquired experience, understanding, and skills can make about INR 1 lakh per day with having an investment of INR 1 crore.
Now that you know the potential of being a trader, let’s dive into the steps of becoming one.
Step 1 : Learn the Technicals
The first step to take in any career is to start by building a set of foundational skills. Trading is no different. Even though you don’t require a degree to become a stock trader, enrolling in some quick courses can be a good place to start. These usually don’t last more than a few weekends and teach you a lot of tips and techniques.
Once you are done with building a foundational knowledge on the subject and are now comfortable with your technical skills, you should pick the type of trader you will become. Don’t take too long in deciding this as there’s always an option of changing your style if you wish to. But do not skip this step either as it is important to know which direction you are headed towards.
The more you dive into the trading world, the more you will start to realize where your speciality lies and evolve your style accordingly. For now, pick the one that you think you will be most comfortable with.
Step 3. Write down the basic rules
This step involves making a basic strategy which you will be following closely. This is important to help you make decisions without wasting too much time. Ensure this outline includes money management, and risk management rules.
Once you have built a basic strategy, gather the Intraday historical data for as long as you can and start testing your strategy. Testing how your strategy would perform if you were making a trade back in the day will help you understand the mistakes in it and modify it. Make this an iterative process until you are confident that your strategy is ready to take on the real trading world.
Step 4. Start trading and become better
If you are aiming at working for a financial firm or company, the best place is to start looking for jobs both offline and online. But if your goal is to become an individual trader/ investor, its time for you to accumulate capital and start investing according to your strategy and style.
You need to understand that you will be making a lot of mistakes, it could be with your strategy or by picking the wrong style or by investing more than you should have or any other reason. The important thing is to learn from those mistakes and make sure that you don’t make them again.
Read more books, learn more, wait and observe if you feel like it and soon enough you will get on a roll. As mentioned earlier, trading involves a lot of hard work and is an ever-changing world. So be open to changing with it.
Tips for Beginners in Stock Trading
We bring you a few tips and tricks to help you get started with Stock Markets.
Always Do Your Own Research : There are endless sources from where you can get information to help you make an informed decision about which stock to invest in. While these resources are quite handy, you also need to do your own research and identify the strategies that will work for you as stock trader.
Set up an Investment Account : You need to set up an account to be able to make transactions. One option that you have, is that you can set up a brokerage account to buy and sell stocks, in exchange for a commission fee. There are different kinds of service providers, one is such who will help you hands-on by suggesting you stocks based on your financial situations. Another type of service providers are those will provide you little advice but would help you make the necessary transactions. You need to identify what would work the best for you.
Don’t Invest What You Can’t Afford to Lose : This one is a no-brainer. Whenever you are making an investment, there is a chance you may end up losing that money. So when you are just starting out, don’t invest money which you would otherwise use for your basic living expenses just in hopes to make excess money. Always set up your cushion of savings first and then you can invest the remainder amount or a part of it in stocks.
Start with Low-risk stocks : Start with buying and selling stocks which are less risky. This will help you understand how the market actually works. As a beginner you can consider investing in shares of utility companies, as their growth is gradual and consistent.
Were you the kid who was always the first one to enter the computer lab in your school? Have you always looked forward to the launch of new gadgets? Then you will be able to resonate with Yash’s Story. Read onto know how he ended up developing his own app after the MyCaptain App Development Workshop.
My Childhood Love : Computers
“Yash!” called out my computer teacher and there came a loud “Yes ma’am” from the little me already with one foot inside the computer lab. I used to be so excited about computers all the time that I opened my shoe-laces 15 minutes before the computer period at school, so that I could be the first one to enter my fantasy world.
Most of my friends were just into playing games like Pinball and Minesweeper back at the lab while I used to daydream about how these computer apps actually worked. How were those mines in Minesweeper so strategically placed every time? How did the Pinball so accurately moved when it hit an area? How?
For me the computer lab was something that coke labs were for Pablo Escobar(Just kidding) Although yes, I was immersed in to the sheer questions that arose in my mind when I saw games and applications working so fine on desktops.
My father was adamant on not getting me a personal computer as he felt I’ll turn out like our neighbor’s son who played GTA and Road Rash all the time. You might remember these names, right? We all have been addicted by them at some level. For me, I made sure the journey was different. While my friends played these games, I studied coding and computer languages behind creating this artificial world.
I remember the persuasion that went behind getting my first PC and I assure you if that amount of negotiation was done on an international stage a lot of international affairs would’ve been sorted. I had to get a 100 in my computer exam to show my love for computers to my dad.
In these times while growing up I saw the age of smartphones rise from its birth to what it is today and it didn’t take me long to figure out that mobile apps were going to be the next big thing and I wanted to learn everything. I went across the internet finding a good online course to learn the same but found all their material boring and pre-recorded.
While I was doing this for some weeks I came across a friend who suggested me to to check MyCaptain’s website.
“Oh, another online tutorial” was my reaction but having nothing better to do, I checked their website. And this one actually caught my attention. It seemed really interesting once I read about the mentors and their journeys. Felt as if someone was talking in my shoes.
The MyCaptain Experience
Joining the Android App Development Workshop was one of the best decisions I ever took. Captain Prashanth ensured that all of us had a wonderful experience. He cleared all our doubts patiently and took us through the entire process of app development step by step.
Even today, months after the workshop has ended, if I reach out to him for anything, he patiently solves my queries. Initially, I was doubtful about my capabilities as everything I knew about tech so far was self-taught, but Captain Prashanth encouraged me and ensured me that I was on the right path.
After the Workshop
My journey with MyCaptain didn’t end there. After the Android App Development Workshop, I eventually went back and attended some more workshops like Entrepreneurship, Internet of Things and even Coder’s Pack.
I have even developed my first app, which is an Online Booking System. Salons can register themselves on the app and then their various customers can use the app to book their appointments for different services.
MyCaptain has played a major role in helping me hone my skills and pursue my passion.
You never know what the future holds for you and what you can achieve unless you take the first step towards your passion. Read Shivangi’s story to know how she decided to explore the world of web development for herself. And how she ended up in the top 10 in the National Smart India Hackathon after the MyCaptain Web Development Workshop.
“Har saal yaha chaar lakh applications aate hai, isme se sirf 200 select hote hai!” The words of Viru Sahastra Buddhe rang in my ears as I made my way to Silver Oak College of Engineering after passing the hurdles of Physics, Chemistry and Maths. The nervous excitement of a new atmosphere, new friends and at the same time melancholy of leaving behind home and comfort was evident in everyone’s eyes.
My Introduction to MyCaptain
I was graduating in Computer engineering, however my passion wasn’t it. I had come across 6-7 subjects during the first two years, but I had never really loved any of them, except one which had caught my eye -“Web Development”
I would sit around reading blogs about web development and researching on the subject. I was attracted to this field, and somehow felt it was right! One day going through some online workshop programmes on the internet, my roommate called out;
“Haha, you plan on changing your life, sitting in an engineering college?”
“Nah, just going through some workshops for web development, I think I’ve developed a taste for it”
“Come on. Such workshops won’t do any good. We’re a herd of engineering students, drowning in an ocean of mediocrity. Let’s order pizza and focus on the submissions next week.”
Just when I was about to give up, I stumbled upon the Facebook page of MyCaptain. I visited its website and was fascinated by the young achievers and their mentorship programmes. I knew this was what I needed to kickstart my journey towards my passion.
This was what I felt was lacking in our education system. We are taught to cram textbooks without the slightest importance to practical knowledge. Under Captain Harshith, I learned everything about web development including future opportunities and career prospects. He would happily solve all my doubts and queries at all odd hours, be it early mornings or late nights.
After the workshop, I started feeling confident about my work and started working with all my passion.
My Debut as a Front End Developer
I was working on a project called Instagym. It’s a concept of revolutionising gyms, where a single membership can be used across all the gyms of the country. We were a team of 7, and we designed an android app for the customers and a web app for the gym owners and admins for the same.
I was the front end web developer in the project. I had given my everything to this project, and we decided to submit the idea in the upcoming National Smart India Hackathon. My friends were shocked to see this transformation from a shy, clueless me to a confident, smart lady.
After that, I applied for an internship as a facilitator at MyCaptain to continue working on different projects and aced it. Never in my wildest dreams, would I have thought about nailing a job at the same platform that made me what I am today.
One fine day, as my friend was messing with phone, there was a notification alert. She opened it and didn’t say a word for 4 minutes.
“You’re in the top 10 of National Smart India Hackathon”
“Yeah, right” I said laughing.
She flashed the screen in front of me and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I even pinched myself twice to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I really was one of the top 10 in the National Smart India Hackathon.
At the grand finale of National Smart India Hackathon
I can’t describe the feeling of getting recognised at a national platform and see your parents beaming with pride. It was a privilege to work with the intelligent minds across the nation and learning with them. It is an achievement it itself, and is my biggest achievement till date.
Today when I look back at my younger self – a naïve and mediocre engineering student, I can’t help but smile over how MyCaptain changed my life. That’s the thing about MyCaptain. It picks up rookies like me from the ground and makes sure we come out with flying colours. That’s why I like to call it “The Red Bull”. Because, it really does give you wings.
Inspired by Shivangi’s Story and want to explore your passion?
Take the leap with MyCaptain and sign up for the Web Development Workshop.
Chirag Garg, a final year EC student at Vellore University talks about his love and passion for robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and we are so thrilled to be sharing the story of his success and mentoring. Read ahead to know how he successfully conducted two projects after taking up the Artificial Intelligence Workshop at MyCaptain.
On one random day, an online ad led me to the website of MyCaptain and the next thing I knew, I was engaged in researching about the types of workshops provided by them. Initially, I was working as an intern with them, where I was responsible for spreading the word about MyCaptain and their workshops on my campus. During this time, I was helping other students take the first step towards their passion. After my internship, I decided to take the leap myself and I signed up for the Artificial Intelligence Workshop.
The MyCaptain Experience.
I have been working in IoT since the first year of my college and have been thinking of studying robotics in the future. I am constantly looking to learn more about the same and constantly increase my knowledge in the field. I wanted to learn about it all, from software to designing to coding and that is why MyCaptain was my go to choice for the same.
My workshop experience has really been amazing. I have always been someone who prefers application learning rather than just theoretical learning. With MyCaptain, that is exactly what you get with the most engaging and interactive content for the workshop. With the combination of live sessions, content and tasks in the workshop, it was ensured that we are able to understand all the fundamentals clearly.
My mentor for the workshop was Captain Swathi, and she helped me with all of my workshop doubts. The live sessions with Captain Swathi ensured that I was able to clear all my doubts and it also helped me in gaining confidence to apply all the knowledge that I gained from the workshop.
My Artificial Intelligence Projects
The workshop helped me understand about Artificial Intelligence, from the very basic fundamentals to all the complex concepts. This gave me the confidence to work on two different Artificial Intelligence projects.
The first project that I worked upon was a Classification Model, using Python. It could be used by to classify whether a patient has a liver disease or not. It is a supervised learning classification project and I made use of multiple classifiers such as logistic regression, decision tree, KNN. In my project, I observed that the Random Forest Classifier showed the maximum accuracy on test data.
The second project that I worked upon was a Twitter Sentiment Analysis. The project is based on feature extraction, and is used for the analysis of sentiments of tweets posted on a particular topic.
A Word For Other AI Aspirants.
Based on my personal experience, I’m utterly thankful to MyCaptain for creating an environment of growth and learning, to help students like me, know and learn better and perform better.
As I’ve come across other engineering students willing to take up Artificial Intelligence as a field of research, there’s a small message that I want to give out to them – once you decide to go for it, make sure to keep going forward with it. The more you know, the more you learn, and the more you practice, the more it will help you understand and perform better. Artificial Intelligence is a field of pure practical applications, and the more you push yourself towards learning and carrying out projects, the more you’ll keep growing.
The initial push is always the hardest, but that’s exactly what MyCaptain is there for!
Tech space is constantly evolving and growing at a speed which no one had anticipated. So, when in late 20th Century the study of AI began, no one expected that within a decade it would become such an important part of the entire tech industry.
Even though AI can never fully replace humans, the AI integrated tools today are capable of gathering useful customer patterns from data, address to a customer’s needs and even come up optimal solutions as and when required.
Everyone has a different stand on AI, but at the end of the day we all agree that AI is helping us in ways which were manually not possible. Let us take a deeper look into this field and try to understand what it is all about.
What is AI?
AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, and it’s technical definition is something like this
The theory and development of the computer systems to be able to perform tasks which normally require human intelligence, like speech recognition, decision-making, visual perception and even translation between languages.
All in all, the purpose of AI is to make machines “smart” and perform tasks which would otherwise cannot be performed without human intelligence.
AI is generally made out of a process called Machine Learning, a discipline that explores the complexities and algorithms of learning from data.
Artificial Intelligence or any Intelligence has five basic elements:
Learning : There are many forms of learning but AI mainly emphasises on the trial and error mode of learning.
Reasoning : Reasoning involves drawing inferences that are relevant to the task or situation in hand.
Problem Solving : Problem-solving is a huge part of AI and is incorporated in a variety of methods such as: finding the winning move in a board game, or identifying a person from the given photograph.
Perception : Perception requires scanning of the environment by the means of various sense organs, real or artificial. The data gathered is then used to identify the object or environment by analysing its features.
Language understanding: A language is a system of symbols that have meaning by convention. Every AI requires a language that can be interpreted in a productive manner.
Types of AI
Now, let us take a look at the four types of AI
1. Reactive Machine : This is the most basic type of AI system, in which the system is purely reactive and doesn’t have the ability to have memories or use past experiences to form current decisions. The greatest example would be “Deep Blue,” IBM’s chess-playing supercomputer that beat the grandmaster Garry Kasparov in late 1990s.
Deep Blue can identify the different pieces on the chess board and also knows how each of those pieces are supposed to move. It can easily make predictions as well about the next move and also select the most optimal next move. While it can do all of the Deep Blue doesn’t have any memory of what has happened before, and it ignores everything before the present moment. It only looks at the pieces on the chess board as it stands right now and choose from next moves.
This intelligence works on perceiving the world directly and only acting on what it sees. These systems don’t participate in the world quire interactively, instead they behave exactly the same way every time they encounter the same situation.
2. Limited Memory: These AI systems can indeed store data just like we store memories and use past experiences. Self-driving cars already have this AI integrated in them. For example, they observe the speed and direction of other cars and this can’t be done in a single moment. They identify various objects and monitor them for a period of time.
These observations are added to the pre-programmed representations of the world which are already present in the cars, such as the lane markings, traffic lights and other important elements. These elements are include, so that when a car decides to change lanes, it can avoid cutting off another driver or getting hit by a nearby car.
While it can use past experiences, these pieces of information about the past are transient. They aren’t a part of the car’s library of experience from which it could learn, in the way humans compile their experience over years behind the wheel.
3. Theory of Mind : This is the point where we differentiate between the machines that we are using at this moment and the machines that we will have in the future. The different types of AI systems, when ready in the future, should be able to recognise people’s emotions, beliefs, thoughts and should be able to have a proper social interaction.
In psychology, ‘Theory of Mind’ means understanding that people, creatures and objects in the world can have emotions and thoughts which can affect their own behaviour. This theory is quite important to how human formed societies as they allowed us to have different types of social interactions.
If we fail to understand each other’s motives and intentions, and don’t take into consideration what someone might know about something or the environment it would become impossible to co-exist.
If ever AI systems are going to walk amongst us, then they will have to understand that each individual has thoughts, feelings and also expectations of how we should be treated. And that they will have to adjust their behaviour accordingly.
4. Self – Awareness : The final step of AI development would be to build systems which can form representations about themselves. Ultimately, AI researchers would not only have to understand what makes consciousness but also work on building machines which have consciousness.
Alternatively, you can even consider this type of AI as an extension of “Theory of Mind”. Conscious beings are very well aware of themselves, they know their internal states and are able to predict the feelings of others. If you take an everyday example of someone honking behind us in traffic, we automatically assume that the person is impatient or even angry. We are able to arrive at these conclusions because that is how we feel when we honk at someone else in the traffic. Without theory of mind, we won’t be able to make such inferences.
We are quite far from creating machines which are self aware and can completely replicate human intelligence.
Pursuing a career in AI
All the major companies are looking to adapt AI technologies and the demand for AI professionals is increasing everyday. The median salary of an AI professional is approximately INR 14.3 Lakhs per annum. The entry level salary in the field is around INR 6 lakhs per annum, while senior-level professionals can expect to earn INR 50 lakhs per annum.
AI is a field that has been in demand for quite some time now and with many major companies using AI technologies, like SIRI by Apple, the demand for AI specialists is only bound to increase.
Let us take a look at how you can enter this field
Step 1: Get a Bachelor’s Degree
You need to have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science. This would help you land an entry level job, but having this degree will help you go a long way in your career.
Step 2: Understand the different roles and select your specialisation
The second step towards your AI career would be to understand the different job roles that fall under the field of AI. The most popular AI job roles are:
Machine Learning Engineers : They are responsible for building and managing various platforms for machine learning projects. They should be able to make use of predictive models and even be able to use NLPs (natural language processing) when they work with massive datasets.
Data Scientist : They are responsible to collecting, analysing and interpreting large datasets by using both machine learning as well as predictive analysis. They also work on developing algorithms which enable the collection and cleaning of data for proper analysis.
Business Intelligence Developer : The primary role of a business intelligence developer is to analyse complex data sets in order to identify various market and business trends. They are also responsible for designing, modelling and maintaining complex data in highly accessible cloud-based data platforms.
Research Scientist : They are experts in multiple disciplines, which include mathematics, deep learning, machine learning and even computational statistics.
Big Data Engineer: They work on developing the ecosystem which enables various business systems to communicate with each other ans also collate data.
Now that you know about these fields, you need to pick one and specialise in that field. In order to get into the field of AI, you need to have a Master’s Degree or a Doctoral Degree. Some of the institutes that offer Master courses in AI in India are:
University of Hyderabad
Tips for Beginners to learn AI
1. Understand Numbers : You need to have an understanding of various statistical concepts, so you know how and when to use your data effectively. Some of the ideal statistical learning topics you can start with are
Mean & Distribution
Statistical Decision Theory
Mean Square Error, Least Squares
2. Learn a Programming Language : Learning a programming language can seem like a long process, but it isn’t. You need to find a program which is popular, easy to learn and also commonly used for machine learning and data analytics, such as Python or R.
3. Understand the basics of Machine Learning : Machine learning deals with processing a lot of data and it involves specific steps. You will need to understand basic concepts such as data science, programming, algorithms etc. You will also need to invest some time in understanding the basics of machine learning and data science.
4. Perform Exploratory Data Analysis : You need to study a dataset and understand the shape of data, feature correlations and also the various signals within the data which can be used to build predictive models. This analysis can help you determine how to improve the products, understand user behaviour etc.
5. Look into Deep Learning Models : The deep learning algorithm is built with connected layers, in such a manner that the neural network can learn complex data features as it goes through each layer. With deep learning you can turn predictions into actionable results as it can help with pattern discovery and knowledge-based predictions
Biggest AI tech in the world
Now that you know how and why AI is becoming such a hot topic these days, its time to take a look at some of the hottest AI technologies in India (get excited):
Manthan : Founded in 2003, Manthan’s AI-powered retail analytics platform provides descriptive analysis for users, helps to grow the customer engagement and recommend necessary actions.
SigTuple : With the help of AI and Machine Learning technology, they have developed medical diagnostic solutions. It can perform screening and advanced diagnosis of urine and blood samples along with X-rays and retinal scans
Haptik : They specialise in developing AI based chatbots for enterprises, service companies and consumers
Uncanny Vision : An AI-based Computer Vision startup focused of making surveillance cameras smarter with real-time, edge-based intelligence for a safer and secure world.
Arya.ai : They help other AI based startups in building and solving complex problems at a faster pace. They serve various industries such as Banking, Insurance, Health Care, Retail and Oil & Gas.
“In order to stand out, you need to do something extra, and that in my case, came through MyCaptain.”, says the Rishabh, a 2nd year student of Computer Science Engineering, in Pune. Read ahead to know how he makes his way forward by exploring the field of Artificial Intelligence, after taking up the Artificial Intelligence Workshop with MyCaptain.
My Introduction With MyCaptain
The fascination took over when I was introduced to MyCaptain through one of the interns in the company, who had previously advertised the workshops, that eventually made me research and scroll about the number of workshops offered by MyCaptain.
Initially I was really naive about online workshops, but with time and good research skills, that led me to taking up the Artificial Intelligence Workshop, and my experience, has hands down been a great one!
The MyCaptain Experience
Being a 2nd year Computer Science student, it is highly unlikely for me to be learning about Artificial Intelligence at my college. However, this was also a field that widely fascinated me, and then MyCaptain came to the rescue. With the help of MyCaptain, I was able to explore in depth the basic and the most elaborative of all concepts of Artificial Intelligence.
Learning a new subject, from the scratch isn’t a small deal. However, in my case, it was amazingly taken care of by Captain Ashish, who made sure that every concept that I learn, was deeply rooted in my system. As a learner, I was bound to lose track of my understanding at certain topics, and not once did Captain Ashish fail to make me understand and clear my doubts over and over again.
It’s always comforting to know that once you’re done taking the lectures, your Captain is always down for clearing your doubts, your queries and helping you grow with each passing session. This is something that we rarely get to witness and experience, and being at MyCaptain, and being trained under Captain Ashish has clearly helped me a lot in understanding the concepts better.
So, when we talk of online workshops, interaction stands as a major barrier, as most of the lectures are mostly pre-recorded, which leaves you with no option and choice to get your doubts cleared or answered at the earliest. This is where my favourite feature comes in – at MyCaptain, we get to have weekly interactive sessions with our Captain, who helps us out with our doubts, queries and mistakes. MyCaptain workshops are so elaborative, and are designed in such a way that they ultimately require the assistance of the respective Captains.
My Journey After Taking The Workshop
No words would ever be enough to thank MyCaptain for the achievements and milestones that I was able to cover after taking up the workshop. Being highly fascinated by Artificial Intelligence, the decision to take up the workshop turned out to be the best one, as I was successfully able to present and showcase projects based on Artificial Intelligence, at my college exhibition. The concepts and projects were widely appreciated, so much so that I am now working on writing a research paper of my own, based on my projects. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one!
A Few More Words
Ending with nothing but a few words of motivation – for everybody out there, who’s my age, or younger, or older, there’s only one thing I’ve got to say – dream big! Never constrain yourself from moving in the direction of your dreams and goals. With platforms like MyCaptain, you’ll always find the right assistance required for you to grow, at any given point of time!
Today, we bring to you the story of a young adult, pursuing engineering and possessing the love for Artificial Intelligence. Read the story of Saurabh Sinha, a student of SRM University, and how he fell in love with the idea of Artificial Intelligence, after taking up the workshop with Mycaptain.
My Introduction to MyCaptain
As an engineering student, I had always been keen and interested in learning and exploring new things, be it about data science or Artificial Intelligence. However, there’s not much that I could study and explore in the field of Artificial Intelligence, as I had no exposure in that field and the existing information was pretty limited, in my university. That’s when a friend of mine suggested I go for a related workshop at MyCaptain, and that’s how it all began. I was told by my friend that taking up the workshop would be a good opportunity, and there’s no denying this fact, as it has probably been one of the best experiences for me, so far.
The MyCaptain Experience
I have always believed in the idea of learning, exploring and experimenting beyond the limits and the reach of what’s known. And, so, as I was moving forward with my projects based on data science, at the university, I was really keen about exploring the field of artificial intelligence. This is exactly what made me opt for the AI Workshop with MyCaptain, as I was very certain that this would open up a great level of opportunities, and knowledge of practical application required for my learning.
The decision of taking up the MyCaptain AI Workshop has been one of the best. From learning the basics, to learning the best of AI, I was taught everything by my amazing Captain Vedika. She made sure the workshops were interactive, filled with the right knowledge and information required to go ahead in this field. The lectures were made very interactive and equally fun. The lectures taken by Captain Vedika were quite interactive and in certain cases of doubts and queries, they were patiently answered and solved by the Captain.
The entire 30-day Workshop prepared me for my upcoming projects, helping me in inculcating the concepts of Artificial Intelligence in the best way possible. After taking up the workshop, I was able to better present the model and concepts of AI in my projects, which were much appreciated by my faculty. Had I not taken up the Artificial Intelligence Workshop this would not have been possible to achieve.
The Journey After the Workshop
I was able to take up internships which gave me an opportunity to work projects based on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. These projects have helped me immensely in gaining practical knowledge about the various concepts.
As a student and young adult, I’m grateful to MyCaptain and the amazing initiative taken by them, to help students across the country learn better, and learn more than what’s already out there. There’s a lot that goes into studying a particular field, and there’s also, a lot, that’s sadly not taught to us at colleges and universities and that’s where MyCaptain plays the role of a saviour, to any and everybody willing to explore and learn more.
Are you interested in bringing on your tech geek and explore the world of Artificial Intelligence?
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
All of us have experienced moments when we experience complete bliss or are in a place that we would want to remember for a long time, and in these moments we go ahead and try to capture it in our phones. Some people tend to stick to just that, while others love the feeling of capturing such moments try to pursue photography.
With this blog we bring to you everything that you need to know to Click-start your career as a Photographer in India.
What is Photography?
The simplest definition of photography is that it is the process of capturing light with a camera to create an image.
The first ever permanent photograph was clicked in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce who clicked a photo out of his window.
“View from the Window at Le Gras” by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce
If you try to discuss the aesthetics of the above picture, it is not at all impressive. However, it is the oldest surviving photograph and so an important part of photography.
Over the years photography has constantly evolved and improved on the technology which is used. Simultaneously, the meaning of photography has also evolved for everyone. It holds a much deeper meaning for people now, they use it as a means to capture their memories and emotions.
If we look at the current scenario, a freelance photographer with good skills has the potential to earn anywhere between INR 80,000 – INR 1,00,000 per month. But these numbers also vary depending on the location and number of projects you are able to take up in a month.
Different Types of Photographers
Press Photographers/photojournalists: Photojournalists are basically journalists, who tell journalistic stories via Photographs. Photojournalists take pictures of everything, right from war zones to famous people. They are associated with Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, and even work for television channels. You could become a sports photojournalist (Imagine taking a picture of a perfect catch by Virat Kohli), a travel journalist (Yes, you get to Travel and take pictures, and you get paid for that!) , and more!
Feature Photographers: Feature photographers also work closely with Journalists like Press Photographers. All of us have seen a feature photograph at one time or the other. Next time you open the newspaper, the big picture you see with the Headline, is the feature photograph. Feature photographers try to indicate the tone, or some depth to the headline for the audience to get a better idea. These types of photographers work with news agencies, big blogging agencies etc.
Portrait and Wedding Photographers: This is the best genre of photography for beginners to start making a buck out of their Passion. Wedding Photographers take pictures of people at Weddings, the Wedding setup, the Bride, Groom and everyone else. They are responsible for the family wedding photo album. And wedding photographers get paid! Guess what Indian families spend the most on? Weddings and Education! Put out your wedding photography samples during the wedding season and try to get a gig. You can always start from your our own extended family!
Advertising Photographers: These are photographers who are on-boarded by Advertising agencies for all kinds of pictures : Right from product photography to Art direction. Photographers get paid the most in the field of advertising, but not all newcomers would get an opportunity with an Advertising Agency. If you’ve had some travel photography gigs, and some other form of feature photography, approach an advertising agency and get a chance. With Ad agencies (especially in Mumbai), you have to be persistent to get a chance with the photoshoot for an advertisement.
Fashion Photographers: Just like advertising Photography, Fashion Photography is very lucrative financially. Usually fashion houses, and Marketing Agencies hire freelance photographers to get fashion photography done. This is either done for the fashion ramp itself or many a times in high end studios.
Freelance Photographer: Freelance photographers are the most common of the lot. They don’t seek full time hiring at any place, and their association with organisations is short-lived and project based. For example, you run a company, and you want all of your employees photographed. You put out a word to get a photographer onboard. You are basically looking for a freelance photographer who can charge you for a small project like this, and still get it done professionally! Freelance photographers can get involved in fashion photography, travel photography, advertising photography, wedding photography, all at the same time!
Steps to Start your Career as a Photographer in India
Have the right knowledge: You can’t make a career out of something without having the know-how of the field. Photography is not only an art, it can be dissected as a science as well. You can learn the basic principles of photography from a hell lot of youtube videos and what not, but practical experience matters. You don’t necessarily need a DSLR for practical experience, but you should understand all the important photography terminologies.
Take up courses and internships: It is always essential to take up an online tutorial or a course to understand the basics of photography. This will speed your learning process and also give you some practical photography tips to implement. As soon as you have done some courses on Photography, while you are still studying (anything) in College, you can start taking up a freelance photography gigs.
Take part in Photography Competitions:Just Google search “Photography competitions in India in 2020” and you will find a lot of photography competitions around you. Participate in all of them! Winning or losing isn’t of importance here. These competitions will help you understand what is the standard of talent, skill, and art out there. It would also give you an idea of what aspects you need to improve upon. If in case you do win, you get a lot of recognition, and you can use that to impress future clientele!
Build your Social Media Presence:Social media, especially Instagram are very important for budding photographers. This is where people see your work and start identifying you as a photographer. Put only your best work out there if you are just starting out. When you grow in fame and recognition, you would be putting out only your mediocre pictures, as a lot of good photographers keep their best work for art exhibitions etc. But if you are just starting out, put the best of the best work out there. Also, discover your niche in photography. Are you more of a street photographer, a nature photographer, a wildlife photographer, a portrait photographer or an abstract photographer. You might not get paid freelance opportunities in your specific niche and interest, but it is important to have a niche to be recognised.
How to switch to Photography after Engineering or any other degree?
It’s very simple. There are two ways to do that. If you have already worked in the field of photography during your bachelors degree, and have a portfolio made it would be easier for you to enter the field. You would be able to start freelancing as soon as your bachelors degree got over and earn a little in the beginning and make it big as time passes. But if you are more comfortable taking the traditional and formal route, no problem!
There are M.Sc. / PG Diploma in Photography in India, in a lot of different Colleges. You don’t need a prior degree in Photography to be able to do that. The eligibility criteria for a masters or PG diploma in photography is a minimum of 3 year (Any) bachelors degree!
The fees for an M.Sc. / PG Diploma in photography could range from 50,000 Rs. to 5Lac Rs. depending on the College you choose. But a lot of disgruntled BBA, B.Com, Engineering, Architecture students in India start pursuing photography by doing a masters or a PG diploma in photography.
Tips and tricks for Photography Beginners
Photos clicked by a professional photographer can easily be distinguished from the ones clicked by an amateur one. The road to transitioning from being a beginner to being a professional is long but understanding and implementing some tips and tricks can help you travel faster.
The five tips and tricks for beginner photographers are:
Your camera doesn’t matter: There are countless choices in the market when it comes to the camera and its gear. While it is true that some are better than the others, it is also true that most entry-level DSLRs are better than the top-of-the-line film SLRs ever were. So just start clicking with whatever camera you have, even your phone camera will do. Now a days phone cameras are as good as a DSLR and you can easily start learning the basics of photography with it.
Create a shot don’t just take it: Photographers are nothing less than a painter or an artist. If you start putting thought into your shots before clicking them just like an artist does before picking up his brush, your photos will become a lot more engaging and alive.
Learn your settings: There are countless camera settings, so many that even the most advanced photographers sometimes don’t get it right. But learning them will help you capture better and improve your skills greatly. Start learning by clicking on manual mode, you won’t learn if your camera makes all the decisions for you.
Give attention to light: The most important part of any photograph is light. Good lighting generally makes for a good photo. Similarly, bad lighting contributes to a bad photo. The goal is to balance the light’s intensity between the subject and the background so that their features are best shown.
Learn to edit the right way: Keeping post-processing or editing at high on your priority list can be a good idea. But of course, there’s the chance of you overdoing it. So learn to balance it all out, play around to understand the editing software, and make sure to not save over your original work. Never make any permanent changes.
Are you fascinated with the way human mind works? How every individual human being has a different thought process and approach to things, but at the end of the day, we are all the same? Are you constantly thinking about what factors contribute to the human behaviour? And why certain people react to a situation in the way they do?
There is one simple answer to all of this : Psychology.
What is Psychology?
Before anything else, let us get this out of the way, that if you study psychology you can read people’s minds. That is completely untrue. Studying psychology will help you understand why people think the way they do and why they react to certain situations in a specific manner. It is a study of complex elements such like emotion, intelligence, motivation and personality broken down into simpler concepts which people find interesting to study.
Psychology is a lot more than just talking to your therapist. This field has application in almost every field, it comes down to what interests you and what you want to pursue.
Psychologist vs Psychiatrist
Both Psychologists and Psychotherapists are different types of professionals trained to help you deal with your mental health issues. Both of them will help you navigate your way through your problems. They have a common aim, that is to provide you with means to help you deal with issues in everyday life.
How are they different?
Psychologists have a doctoral degree in the area of psychology i.e the study of mind and human behaviour. They are not medical doctors.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who graduate from medical school and have a year of medical internship. They have experience in assessment and treatment of mental health disorders.
Because of their medical training, psychiatrists can prescribe medication to their patients. This is also the most common distinction between the two fields.
Different fields of Psychology:
Like every other field, even psychology has a number of branches in which one can specialise. Everything from the way a child behaves when he is encouraged or scolded to the behaviour a boss shows towards his employees in different situations, all comes down to psychology. In psychology one studies not just human behaviour but also understands the thought processes of different people.
Let us take a look at different fields of Psychology:
This field of psychology focuses on human behaviour in relation to emotions and biological functions. Clinical psychologists help in solving complex human problems. They provide clinical and counselling services to solve mental, emotional and lifestyle issues. It deals with emotional and behavioural issues of individuals at a critical level.
It is the field that is concerned with helping individuals with emotional complications to gain control of their feelings. The focus is on treating and counselling people to open up their emotional baggage and how to overcome them. For instance individual issues like mental worries, inferiority complex, drinking problems etc. are all resolved by counselling psychologists. While it sounds similar to clinical psychology, counselling psychology deals at less complex level like family and social issues while clinical psychology deals.
It is a study on human behavioural aspects and solve behavioural disorders. You understand and learn about human behaviours. Psychologists provide therapeutic treatments for autistic and behavioural disorders. And also assist in overcoming the abnormal and unhealthy behaviour aspects one deals with.
This is a recent and developing field of psychology. It involves studying the psychological & social theories which are implemented at the workplace to improve productivity and employee satisfaction. The psychologist will analyse the problems specific to the organisation and come up with solutions to enhance the workplace efficiency. One deals with corporate aspects like motivation, stress management and assess the performance. The psychologist also analyses what different methods can help different set of employees across the organisation.
It is the usage and practice of psychology in regard to the legal system and understanding the minds of individuals from a criminal background. This field is a specialty career field dealing with crimes, aggressive and antisocial behaviours. The psychologists engaged in this field mostly work in prisons, rehabilitation centres, police departments, law firms, correction centres and many areas. They work in understanding psychology in regard to criminology and the legal systems. Forensic psychologists work with individuals and delinquents and provide therapies on anger management issues. They also conduct personality assessment of the offenders. In addition to all of this, they also provide treatment to the mentally ill offenders.
As the name suggests deals with individuals in the field of armed forces and how psychology helps in selection and assessment processes, also in treatment and coping of stress and other traumatic incidents faced and in their course of services and post services. Like PTSD, guilt, flashback and anti social issues faced by the military persons are looked into under this specialisation.
Abnormal psychology is a study of atypical or abnormal behaviour under a clinical aspect. It deals with diagnostics of a list of abnormal behaviours and disorders and helps in overcoming them. Clinical psychologists, counsellors and social workers can work with the affected individuals or clients to understand the causes and provide them the required therapy.
Cognitive psychology field studies the human mind and its course of growth and how it develops during our course of life time. For instance, all internal aspects of mind like memory, language, thinking, conscious and perception come under cognition. As a psychologist one will be dealing with solving practical issues of cognitive disorientation, phobias and emotional dysfunctional disorders. You tend to learn how dreams work and why two people have different memories of the same incident. And you also learn how intuitions tend to end up true.
How to pursue a career in psychology ?
Once you are well aware of what all psychology has to offer, it’s time to know what you can do to pursue your career in psychology. One can start psychology at any point of their studies. You can opt for psychology majors post your 10th grade or can start after schooling. To enroll yourself into psychology, you will need to crack a few entrances.
Step one would be a Bachelors or BSc in Psychology.
Listed below are a few top institutions you could pursue psychological courses from
Lady Shree Ram College, University of Delhi
Indian Institute of Psychology and Research, Bangalore
Fergusson College, Pune
Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
Christ University, Bangalore
Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, University of Delhi
Ambedkar University, New Delhi
Panjab University, Chandigarh
Sophia College for Women, University of Mumbai
Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi
These institutions are known for the psychology courses offered. Some of these institutions have an entrance exam that you will have to clear. Once you have all the qualifications, one needs to get the licensing to become a certified psychologist and start your career.
Can you pursue psychology without a Bachelor degree in psychology?
It is alright if you don’t have a bachelors degree in psychology. But you need a master’s or a doctoral degree in your specialization to practice and pursue a career in psychology. You can pursue psychology for personal interests as well, if not for a full time career, it does help in understanding behaviour and enabling us to cope better and improve with daily interactions
Scope of Psychology in India
Counsellors work in NGOs, Rehabilitation Centers, Old Age homes etc. They understand the problems of their clients and help them come out of miseries which can be anything from a traumatic event to some personal problem in a relationship. The average pay of a fresher is approximately around 20-30k per month.
Clinical Psychologists need to finish their M.Phil. before they can set up their independent practice. They work with patients who require clinical attention and aren’t able to deal with day to day issues easily. They can earn 30-35k per month on an average after completion of their M.Phil.
Education sector has a need for psychologists in school as counsellors, trainers etc to help students during their educational years. They also help out students who have learning difficulties and behavioural issues. The average pay for a fresher is approximately 20-35k per month
Organisational Psychologists work with MNCs and various organisations with their HR Departments. They are responsible for handling the problems of the employees while also helping them work together efficiently as a team. The average pay of a fresher is approximately 30k per month.
Research has the requirement in both qualitative and quantitive areas. Research psychologists earn an approximate amount of 25k per month and this pay keeps on increasing with time especially if the psychologist decides to pursue their PhD in the area that interests them.