Suppose, I want to add machine learning proficiency to my current skillsets. What should my strategy be like? I already have done two machine learning courses on Coursera, but without doing actual projects, I have nothing to show to my future employers. That should be one of my targets during my next 1 year.
What other things I should do? Basically, I have now come to my senses about the reality of the world and I have realized that I could have prepared well for it. But I don't want to live in regret and be in same position after a year too.
I understand that the question is vague. But specifically, I want advice of improving my profile for (1) an academia future (2) A fallback option of industry.