Being self-employed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - #VTMS

Speaker:  Alexandr Honchar - Neurons Lab
  Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9:00 PM
Series #VeronesiTuttiMathSeminars #SafetyThenEnjoyMath click to add to Google calendar

STEM graduates usually embark in one of these three careers in the 10 years following graduation:
- Research (university or corporate laboratories)
- Consultancy (big 4 or smaller IT companies)
- Research and development of a specific product

The self-employment career is considered something that you have to do only when you’re expert, rich and “grown up”. It is seen as a symbol of freedom, financial prosperity and high social status. More recently, several career examples have shown that it is possible to start a self-employed career without a direct employer and grow as a independent professional since the beginning.

Alexandr Honchar worked for most of his career as a self-employed professional managing an AI consulting firm. In this talk he’s going to share his experience about:
- The skills that are valued in a self-employment environment.
- What are the pitfalls hiding behind the freedom.
- How and where to get the first clients.

Alex holds a B.Sc. in applied mathematics from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute and a M.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Verona. He co-founded High Performance Analytics (spin-off of the University of Verona) and worked as a freelance machine learning engineer for several years. More recently, he co-founded Neurons Lab, where he holds the position of Chief AI Officer.

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Marco Caliari, Chairman of the Mathematics Teaching Committee
Matteo Frigo, Chairman of Associazione Alumni Matematica Verona

Programme Director
Marco Caliari

Publication date
December 1, 2020