How Stay-at-Home Mom Cynthia O’Donnell is Targeting Her Ideal Job

Cynthia O’Donnell is a stay-at-home mom living in Naples, Italy with her husband and two children. The O’Donnells are a military family—her husband is active duty U.S. Navy and Cynthia herself is a Navy veteran. After the Navy, she attended law school at the University of Florida then practiced as a bankruptcy attorney in Hawaii. Here’s how she’s planning ahead and building a portfolio of web development education and experience for an entirely new career.

Questions From Data Science Interviews

When looking for stand-out candidates, Lewis asks, What are the assumptions required for linear regression?
“Surprisingly this question has come up in multiple interviews throughout the years, and it tends to separate those who know linear models as ‘a function in R/Python’ or worse ‘a function in Excel,’ and those who can apply the models to actual data.”

Udacity’s Hidden Easter Eggs

This course video from Programming Foundations with Python teaches you how to open a web browser in Python so you can listen to some relaxing saxophone music while taking a break from all the learning. But before you doze off, take a closer look. If you copy the YouTube link from the video, you’ll realize you’ve found something much more upbeat. In fact, you’ll realize you’ve just been ‘rickrolled’.

Here’s How Udacity Grad Ben Halperin Landed a Web Dev Job in Health Care


For me, there was an immediate love of programming and it just felt right—I’d never experienced that in my career, and right away, I knew it was something I wanted to do. It worked out well for me because I had taken just enough courses on my own (and had a decent background) that I felt well-prepared for the Nanodegree. So I never felt super frustrated or that I wasn’t getting enough help along the way.

Introducing the Programming for Pirates Nanodegree


While piracy and programming have both been considered male-dominated professions, we are taking steps to ensure gender balance. Miriam “Swords” Kalk, one of the lead instructors for the Nanodegree, says: “The high seas don’t care if you’re a scurvy dog or a beauty. Anyone can be eaten by a shark, struck by a cannon, or washed overboard. So be ye lad or lass, weigh anchor and get coding! Yarrr!”