I am a third year university student in Vietnam. My major is Computer Science. I focus on machine learning, especially deep learning for computer vision. I really want to have a master (or PhD) degree aboard but I'm not sure whether I am qualified for a scholarship or not. My family is not so rich that I can afford the tuition fee for a graduate program. The followings are description about my future direction and information about me.
About my future direction,
I want to study aboard and finally have a life there, my ideal destinations are Korea, Japan, the Europe (the Western and Northern), Australia or Canada.
I want to work on AI and machine learning, which expect employees to have master degree (at least)
I want to start my own business and apply my technical knowledge on that.
About my work experience and course work,
I study at Vietnam National University (1st rank university in Vietnam)
I got all A+ in mathematics-related subjects (e.g. Calculus, Linear algebra, Probs & Stats, Information theory, etc.). I also got a scholarship for excellent student given by my university (for a semester only).
My GPA is low (i.e. 3.25 / 4.0) due to low marks in non-mathematics-related subjects. As I estimated, I can reach about 3.3 or 3.4 if I get all A+ for the rest of my coursework.
I was high ranked (top < 10%) on several AI contests
- Titanic contest and House price prediction are from Kaggle
- A facial recognition contest held by a famous AI community in my country
I also worked on several AI projects, both in research (for my professor) and in the industry (for my company, which works on AI).
About my programming skills, I have worked with PyTorch, TensorFlow, Keras and a little bit GPU programming.
About comments from others who work with me,
I was highly qualified (currently) by my boss (at the company I'm working at).
My professor, who supervises at my university, told me that I was strong at mathematics but lack of algorithms-and-data-structure skills.
About my own thoughts,
I can read most of deep-learning-related research papers with almost no difficulty. I also write down my intuition for each of the paper I read.
I have strong mathematical intuition (as commented by my professor).
I am afraid of having low GPA (which is my biggest fear) when applying for graduate scholarships. Can anyone give my some advice ? Should I continue chasing graduate scholarships or work in the industry after graduation ?