When I was in college I followed quite a lot of courses on data mining, three to be exact. I found it an interesting topic and the math involved intrigued me, even though I’m normally not very good at it. I liked it so much I even wrote my Master’s thesis on this subject, and graduated on it.
Now, a few months later, I find that in my every day job as a web developer I no longer use any of the knowledge I have about data mining. Because I slightly missed it, I proposed a client who had a survey on their website just a couple of weeks ago that I would look for relations within the answers of said survey (for free too, as they are a non-profit origanisation and I think their cause is good). They accepted my proposal (why wouldn’t they, it was for free after all :D) and I spent some time looking for relations in the data and creating some nice graphs. I enjoyed myself doing this, partly because I could put some of my knowledge to use, and partly because it was a nice break from every day routine.
Now, beside the instance above, I don’t ever use data mining anymore, and I somehow feel guilty for having all this knowledge, but not sharing it with anyone. Yet on the other hand I don’t really feel like doing anything about it. I wouldn’t become a data mining consultant for example, that just doesn’t sound like a nice job to me. Color me undecided
Do you also have any skills you never use? If so, do you regret that and/or plan to do anything about it?
When I left school, I was all set to be a professional illustrator. I spent months and months working on still lives and figure drawing. I dug up medical books on skeletons and muscles, and looked at proportion and perspective.
Drew lots of comics, bought some awesome coloured pencils, worked on various methods of shading, bracelet colouring, hatching, all sorts of fun stuff.
Then learnt HTML and never looked back.
Might be for the best though. Even after all that practice, I wasn’t really that good. I do miss drawing sometimes, but hardly have the time to sit and sketch these days. I ought to make time someday.
Wish we could thumb up a reply. Shaun’s eyes, my bow staff, wiz’s tin whistle, trampt’s gammar all mixed in with a bit of determination (and some effective misdirection)…world domination friends, world domination.