What Are Hiring Managers Really Looking For?

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Why is it Important?

Does the hiring process feel like a mystery to you? Do you find yourself wondering what interviewers look for in the ideal candidate? If these are questions you’ve pondered, get an edge on your own job hunt by learning key insights from Raffi Krikorian, former VP Platform Engineering @Twitter and Oliver Cameron, VP Product & Engineering @Udacity. Below, you’ll find an overview of the interview basics and tips on how to navigate the hiring process.

Interviewing Basics

What does the typical interview look like? Here we’ll outline the factors impact the interview: roles, components, and variable components you can expect to find.

How Udacity Student Kelly Landed an Engineering Job at Google

Kelly Marchisio was spurred by an interest in programming after taking an Intro to CS class before working in customer service at Google. She ultimately started the Full Stack Nanodegree at Udacity and was able to turn that experience into a full-time Web Solutions Engineer position at Google! Check out the video to see what inspired Kelly to make the transition.

Become a GitHub Pro

Become a GitHub Pro

What’s GitHub?

GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service that provides access control and collaboration features for every project. GitHub provides a space for open source projects, working with peers, and even  a venue for recruiting. As of 2014, Github is the largest code host in the world.

The Open Source Philosophy – Recursively Share Work for Others to Build Upon!

GitHub will help you contribute to the open-source community. You can set up your profile for free, start your projects,  or build on top of others’ work. Over time, people can learn from you too!

How to Turn Your Nanodegree Experience into a Job

Remember Ben Halperin, Front-End Nanodegree graduate who turned his Udacity experience into a full-time web developer gig in the health care industry? We recently caught up with Ben in-person to get a better understanding of exactly how he was able to transition from a Udacity education all the way through getting hired for his new job.

Ben delivers some great insight into exactly how his Nanodegree project and learning experience helped in the job interview process. We hope this helps inspire and educate other Udacity students (maybe you?) and shows that career change goals are well within reach. Well done, Ben!

 

A Beginner’s Git and GitHub Tutorial

Beginner's Tutorial to Git and GitHub

Git and GitHub are two of the coolest technologies around for developers. Git, despite its complexity and rather terse beginnings, is the version control tool of choice for everyone from web designers to kernel developers. And GitHub is the social code-hosting platform used more than any other. On GitHub, you’ll find everything from playful, simple experiments to the Linux kernel itself.

But despite this popularity, there’s a lot to learn if you want to use these tools properly, and not just be a beginner. Both tools are sophisticated, providing a rich tapestry of functionality. Consequently, they’re not for the faint of heart: they can be quite demanding if you want to use them to the fullest.

So if you’re just starting out, perhaps coming across from one of the older version control tools, I want to help you make a great start, by giving you a solid working foundation from which you can grow your knowledge over time. To do so, we’ll start with Git, learning how to perform the common operations you’ll do every day on a local source code repository. Then we’ll cover the basics of GitHub, and how to integrate the local Git repository into it, so that others have access to this project as well. Sound good? Then let’s get started.

Udacity Dads: User Research Manager Steven Johnson

There’s so much buzz around whether women can have it all, but hardly anyone’s talking about what it’s like for fathers to balance their family and career. Let’s start! In recognition of Father’s Day this coming Sunday, we talked to three Udacity fathers about their experience as working fathers in tech. Today’s post features User Research Manager Steven Johnson.

steven_johnsonTell me about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do? How many kids do you have?

I am a Bay Area native, born and raised! I am currently the User Research Manager for Udacity. My duties include researching the student experience and identifying areas where we can improve. I have one 6-year old-first grader named Brandon (code name: Mr. B). My commute to and from work is around four hours (my longest ever was seven hours!) because I drive about 75 miles to the office on traffic congested freeways.

Udacity Dads: Program Manager Jason Barros

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There’s so much buzz around whether women can have it all, but hardly anyone’s talking about what it’s like for fathers to balance their family and career. Let’s start! In recognition of Father’s Day this coming Sunday, we talked to three Udacity fathers about their experience as working fathers in tech. Today’s post features Program Manager Jason Barros.

jason_barrosTell me about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do? How many kids do you have?

I am from California, born and raised in the Bay Area. After high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps. After the military, I went to college at UC Santa Cruz. I currently live in Gilroy with my four kids, with one more on the way in October.

How did you get started in tech?

I was working in education (I’m formerly a teacher and academic advisor) and got to the point where I could not afford to support my family. I started looking for jobs (any jobs) in tech.