In a world where adversity often tests the strength of one’s character, Arun Kumar’s journey is a shining example of resilience, determination, and the power of education. Let us go on this journey as he talks us through his amazing experience.
IN THE BEGINNING:
In the year 2017, I faced a life-changing event when I lost my vision. However, instead of succumbing to despair, I embraced the challenge and embarked on a remarkable educational journey that ultimately led me to become a Senior Machine Learning engineer. My journey was paved with the assistance of Vision-Aid, an organization dedicated to empowering the visually impaired community.
FAMILY BACKGROUND AND SUPPORT:
My strength and resilience in the face of adversity were significantly bolstered by the unwavering support of my loving family. Hailing from Chennai, I shared my life journey with my close-knit family, consisting of my father, mother, and a supportive brother.
SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS AND MENTORS:
In this incredible journey, the importance of a strong support network extended beyond my family. My circle of supportive friends and dedicated mentors played a crucial role in shaping my path from adversity to achievement.
DEDICATED MENTORS AT VISION-AID:
My association with Vision-Aid introduced me to a group of dedicated mentors like Swaroop, Palani, and Ram (the Founder of Vision-Aid) who recognized my potential and were committed to helping me succeed. These mentors, with their expertise and guidance, not only taught me valuable skills but also instilled in me the confidence to face the world with determination. They provided the adaptive technology, resources, and a supportive learning environment that allowed me to excel in my courses. My mentors at Vision-Aid were instrumental in shaping my passion for digital accessibility and encouraging me to become an advocate in this field.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION:
I hail from a modest background and had an unyielding passion for learning from a young age. I completed schooling at Infant Jesus Matriculation School, where my academic prowess earned me numerous accolades. My journey continued at Master’s in Computer Applications (MCA) from Anna University. My future looked promising, and it did seem I was poised for a successful career in the world of technology.
In the year 2017, I encountered a significant setback when I lost my vision. This unexpected turn of events could have shattered my dreams, but I was determined not to let it define my future. It was during this challenging period that I discovered Vision-Aid, an organization that would change my life.
THE VISION-AID TRANSFORMATION:
My journey with Vision-Aid began with learning Python programming, a powerful and versatile language used in various fields, including data science. Vision-Aid provided a supportive and accessible environment, offering adaptive technology and expert guidance to help me navigate the world of coding. My determination and the unwavering support of my mentors at Vision-Aid were the driving forces behind my success.
CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT COURSE:
Emboldened by my new-found programming skills, I decided to take on the Corporate Development Course offered by Vision-Aid. This course equipped me with valuable soft skills, knowledge of corporate culture, and the confidence to face job interviews and professional challenges.
DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY TESTING COURSE:
One of the pivotal moments in my journey was enrolling in the Digital Accessibility Testing Course at Vision-Aid. This course not only expanded my skillsets but also ignited my passion for advocating digital accessibility for people with disabilities. I excelled in learning ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) authoring practices and ensuring that digital content adheres to universal web accessibility guidelines.
BECOMING A DATA SCIENTIST AND SENIOR MACHINE LEARNING EXPERT:
My thirst for knowledge was insatiable. I delved deeper into the world of data science and Senior Machine learning, mastering complex algorithms and statistical techniques. My determination, hard work and dedication paid off when I secured a position as a Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Data Scientist and Senior Machine Learning Professional.
My journey of becoming a Senior Machine Learning engineer is a reflection of my belief and confidence in myself that I could succeed. Through sheer determination, the support of Vision-Aid, and my unshakable belief in the power of education, I not only overcame adversity but had also become an advocate for digital accessibility. I trust my story would serve as an inspiration to all those in similar conditions, reminding us that with the right support and determination, one can conquer even the most challenging of circumstances.
A WORD TO FUTURE ASPIRANTS:
If you are feeling overwhelmed, take each day as it comes, and before you realize it, you would have gone much further than you imagined.