I am a Mechanical engineering graduate and recently joined a startup. I have a fair knowledge of Python and Machine Learning.
Right after one week, I was put on a project involving Image Processing, where I was asked to detect objects in the live video from a webcam. I was suggested to do that using TensorFlow, which I have no idea about. So I cloned a project from the Internet which was similar to the project I am working on.
I followed the instructions mentioned with the project but didn't get the expected results. Now I am unable to proceed any further, and don't know what else to do. I encountered a lot of problems, such as few errors, memory problem.
What I did was to search for the error on the Web and tried finding a solution. The project repository I cloned has a lot of interlinked files, and I don't understand any of what it says. I have nobody to guide me.
Is it the same situation in every startup, implying:
- I lack the appropriate skills?
- Is it a lack of guidance on the part of the company?
I am the lone one in the project and have no teammates at the moment.
Edit: Some clarifications I would like to do here. Yes, I am a mechanical engineer and it's not unusual here in India (especially start-ups) to hire people from other fields in the computer science domain.
And regarding my knowledge in Python and ML, I know the theory behind ML algorithms and have decent knowledge in Python as well. But Tensorflow is a deep learning library which I am not familiar with. And I did clone a repo which was done in Tensorflow, not any other library, so I did follow his recommendations.
I also tried to look at the basics of Tensorflow. But I realised it will take a lot of time. Something which I cannot do in an environment-like office. I had communicated the same to the manager and he agreed that it takes time as well. Still he comes up to me frequently and asks me whether its finished or not which makes me panic. Even then I don't have any idea how to proceed on how to learn without any guidance. Sure I can learn something but I end up with many doubts and things which are unclear.