Project idea from guy from linkedin:

What I learned?

I am type 2 and 3. You do not need a masters or phd, but it helps. More than anything, it needs engineering skill, not just academic diplomas.

How does one break into these roles without a MS/Phd? I am applying but not getting any traction. I'm young and have the goal to work as an MLE long-term.

Nicholas Vazquez build experience working on your own thing. Then you will be able to confidently show that you know what you are doing.

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