What’s it like being a Student Data Annotator at Microblink?

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If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably curious about our Student in Data Annotation position. You’re in the right place! You’re probably wondering if this is the right job for you.

Is the pay good? How flexible is the company around work hours, will they accommodate me during exams? What’s the atmosphere like in the team? Will this be good for my career?

If you have friends working at Microblink, you could just ask them. But if you don’t, then it’s much harder to find answers to these questions…

Unless we ask them for you. So, we invited two of our students from the Data department in Croatia to share their experience of working here. We hope their stories paint a more vivid picture for you than the job ad and help you decide if you should apply or accept the offer.

Dora Sučić: I’m just about to start an Applied computer science program at Algebra and I just became full time Junior Data Annotator at Microblink.

Avelin Bingula: I’m studying Mechanical engineering, it’s my final year. I’m also a Senior Student Annotator.

2. Could you describe in simple terms what student annotators actually do?

Avelin: In machine learning, you have to teach models how to recognize inputs and classify them correctly. Microblink is in the field of digital identity, so we work with all sorts of personal documents like IDs, passports, driving licenses… from almost all the countries in the world. We train our ML models to recognize those documents in real life – which country they are from, if they’re valid, expired, or forged. In order for the models to work correctly, we first need to process and annotate the data, that is, teach the models to recognize every element on the document, such as a photo, first and last name, ID number, etc. In addition to that, we seniors supervise the work of junior and mid-colleagues, educate them, and give them feedback.

The feeling of togetherness is really powerful, it makes you feel like you matter. And the pay is really good.

Avelin Bingula, Senior Student Annotator

Dora: People! We are a huge department, but you really find your connections here. Some of my colleagues became really close friends.

Avelin: That everyone is so open. There is no pressure. You can always ask someone for help if you get stuck, or if you’re just having a bad day. We try to help each other out. 

4. How is it different from other student jobs you’ve had before?

Dora: I feel really appreciated and recognized and I’m growing much faster. I feel just the right balance – the job isn’t so hard that you can’t do it, but there are also plenty of challenges. And I never have to carry my work home or worry about it after work hours.

Avelin: The feeling of togetherness is really powerful, it makes you feel like you matter. And the pay is really good.

5. How would you describe the atmosphere in your team?

Dora: The atmosphere is relaxed but professional. People talk, share their knowledge, we go for drinks after work, and eat lunch together. I don’t feel any pressure, I’m happy when I go to work, and I leave work in a good mood. And if you’re not satisfied with something, you can always tell someone, either your colleagues or your manager, and they will try to help you. Your opinion is really respected.

If you’re not satisfied with something, you can always tell someone, either your colleagues or your manager, and they will try to help you. Your opinion is really respected.

Dora Sučić, Junior Data Annotator

Dora: First, I started as a junior, after a few months, I became mid and then a senior. Then there was an opening for a full-time position, so I applied and got it. I never thought I would work here full-time because my field of study is something completely different, but I liked it so much, so – here I am. 

Avelin: I joined as a junior and after a few months, I became a mid, and after a year, a senior. I find the role quite interesting, and I’ve been working hard, so I got promoted. I’ve been here a bit over 2 years. I usually work 3 full days, so around 24 hours a week because I’m also doing a summer internship at another company. 

7. Which student benefits do you enjoy the most and why?

Dora: You get two weeks of paid vacation after working for a full year. I’ve never heard of any company doing that. You also get a personal budget for tech equipment that you like. Having the flexibility to work whenever it’s convenient for you is also pretty amazing. Often, students lose their jobs if they cannot work for more than a few days, and the company finds someone else. But at Microblink, if you have exams, you can agree with your manager to be absent for a while and return once you’re ready. 

Another thing I really liked as a student is that you get regular feedback; you have two buddies who help you adjust at the beginning. And the office is full of seniors who help you if you get stuck. If you’re not performing very well, they organize workshops to help you improve.

Avelin: Paid vacation is number one. Soft skill workshops are also great; they are usually held in small groups and we end up having a great discussion and learn a lot from each other, as well. It’s also important to me that I have a safe place for my bike because I go everywhere with it; so I’m glad I can keep it in the garage. And team buildings because everyone is invited, even us students.

In my opinion, two factors are key to students: pay and flexible hours and both are great at Microblink.

Avelin Bingula, Senior Student Annotator

Dora: What attracted me are interesting technologies and the company’s potential. And the people are chill. Whenever I need anything, people are always super approachable and warm.

Avelin: The fact that everyone is striving for greatness. We are all young, ambitious and so people give their best to create something top notch.

Dora: Yes, of course! It’s an amazing student job, flexible and without pressure. You meet awesome people and gain a lot of experience. 

Avelin: Yes, I absolutely would and I already invited a lot of people. In my opinion, two factors are key to students: pay and flexible hours and both are great at Microblink.

Also, the atmosphere is really good and you feel like you’re part of a community.


If Dora’s and Avelin’s story sparked your interest, check out our Open positions and join us! 🚀

أغسطس 30, 2022

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