Career advice for data professionals

Many people have helped me in the past with work-related challenges, so I like to return the favor and help others who are struggling with their career. I work in the dynamic world of Data Science and AI, so I focus my efforts on people from that field (for instance, data engineers, machine learning engineers, data scientists, data analysts), or people wanting to get into it.

I usually advise starters, young professionals, mid-career seniors, and expats. In one short session of about one hour, I give valuable tips on networking, the use of LinkedIn, and playing to your strengths. And I ask a lot of questions. My aim is to enable you to find a suitable job by yourself, now and in the future.

If you’re interested, then reach out at, or connect via LinkedIn. I’m looking forward to it!

Did I mention that it is free? I only ask that you also help others when you get the chance.

Common questions I encounter

  • Can I switch to another expertise in the data domain?
  • I’d like to focus more on my Python skills, but my job does not allow that. What can I do?
  • What is a normal ratio for data cleaning vs applying ML?
  • Where can I use other types of ML techniques?
  • Should I work for a big of small company?
  • Should I go for inhouse or consultancy?
  • How is data science maturity in other industries?
  • Is my experience with ML/DL strong enough?
  • What should be my next role?
  • Do I need extra education?
  • What can I do to improve hard skills beside formal education?
  • Can I improve my interviewing skills?
  • I’m tired of all this IT stuff. How can I do more analytical / algorithmic work?
  • Is it usefull to do Kaggle?
  • What should be my next role?
  • How can I find a job that matches my preferences
  • What is more important: tools, methods, or problem solving skills?
  • How is AI impacting Data Science?
  • What companies are active in my area of expertise?
  • I want to work with algorithms, but I’m mostly making dashboards. What can I do?
  • Should I focus on technology, or move towards a business-oriented role?


Expats typically approach me with specific questions regarding the Dutch job-market in data:

  • Where do I look for vacancies in The Netherlands?
  • What is the maturity level of company X?
  • What are current trends in data and AI?
  • What networking events can I visit?


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