Thursday, June 28, 2012

Udacity's Career Team is here to help you

January 2014 Update: Since this original post, we’ve focused our career services on helping you build the skills you need for your next career move.  Our courses -- particularly the full course experience, where you’ll receive project feedback, coaching, and a verified certificate -- are designed to help open up not just education opportunities but career opportunities. If you want some help making connections, we encourage you to check the blog for job searching advice from tech recruiters and industry experts!


Udacity student, Sam Romano, recently thanked Udacity for helping him land his dream job as a software engineer at Google. Everyday students are motivated to take Udacity classes because they are fun! Not to mention that participating and brainstorming with other students helps you develop skills and can even make you a more marketable job candidate. Part of Udacity’s mission is to help our students find career opportunities that allow them to utilize their skills and pursue their passions.

Already, Udacity has hired three of our students -- Gundega Dekena, Adam Sherwin and Sean Bennet -- as assistant instructors! Since Udacity cannot hire all of our amazing students, we are building relationships with other companies who are interested in hiring Udacity students.

So who are the employers Udacity is working with? While we have been primarily working with companies in the United States, we are pleased to announce that we have extened our employer partnerships to include Europe, Latin America, and Asia. From 12 employers last year, we have found over 412 companies interested in our students, from tech start-ups to Fortune 500s, which include GoogleBank of America, Facebook, Bu.mp and Greylock Venture Partners.

If you are already enrolled as a Udacity student and you are looking for employment, we recommend that in addition to emailing your resume, you also update your student profile. Once a Udacity Career team member has screened you, you can decide which employers you are open to sharing your resume with. Udacity will only share your resume with employers of your choice. There are already Udacity students who have started the interview process with companies they want to work for!

For students who want to polish up their resumes, here are a few simple tips for creating an attractive profile/resume:

  • save your resume as a Word or PDF document
  • check for spelling and grammar errors, perhaps ask a fresh pair of eyes to read it over
  • in addition to your job responsibilities, highlight your skills AND your achievements
  • include a link to your github
  • include a link to your social recommendations, i.e. LinkedIn
  • if you really want to hype it up, make a 50 second video clip of your projects and put the link on your resume!
Udacity's Career Placement Program is looking forward to hearing from you. Let us help you find a job today!