Transforming Tech Skills into a Social Good Career

Tech Jobs, Social Good

In a world in which virtually all companies are of necessity becoming tech companies, it follows that tech skills can get you hired today in a far broader array of fields than was previously possible. One of the many wonderful by-products of this new reality is that candidates with in-demand skills now have the opportunity to pursue careers in fields they’re passionate about, whether those fields are “technical” fields or not. If ever there was a time when tech skills and social good were mutually exclusive, that time is now past!

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Olga Simpson: A Career Reviewer’s Tale

There is virtually no role at Udacity that doesn’t involve connecting directly with students in some fashion, and we are all united by a shared commitment to supporting our students as they pursue their life and career goals. That said, certain roles have particularly significant impacts on the lives of our students, and Career Project Reviewer is one such role. These individuals provide detailed, expert reviews of those assets that more often than not contribute directly to a student landing a job—cover letters, resumes, LinkedIn profiles and more. Needless to say, it’s a really important job!

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Careers in Data Science: Women Who Code and Udacity

Women Who Code and Udacity

The pursuit of educational inclusion brings us into close contact with an absolute wealth of wonderful organizations—motivated communities united around the noble goal of ensuring that any and all aspiring learners have the unfettered opportunity to pursue self-empowerment through education.

Women Who Code

Women Who Code is just such an organization, and we were recently able to work with their Silicon Valley chapter on an event that we hosted here at Udacity HQ.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: 26.2 Billion Reasons Why Students Should Be Reading The News Today!

Students reading Microsoft and LinkedIn news

When one of the most recognized, most influential, most important companies in the world announces that it’s making the biggest acquisition in its entire history, that’s news for everyone. After all, just about anyone with a computer who has, has had, has looked for, or is looking for a job, has interacted with these companies at one time or another. Most of us probably use products and services from Microsoft and LinkedIn on a near-daily basis. But now that Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn, what does this mean for students and job seekers?

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Career Opportunities: How Paysa Can Empower You

Udacity means Career Opportunities

At Udacity, we love our students. We especially love to witness our students advancing through their careers and taking successful advantage of amazing career opportunities. We also love data. Which explains why we now love Paysa, and why we’ve integrated Paysa into our Nanodegree overview pages.

What is Paysa?

Here’s how the company describes what they do:

Paysa is a personalized career platform whose goal is to enable employees to optimize the value of their careers, across the full career arc. We do this by providing Paysa users with personalized and actionable tools, insights, and research so that they can understand what they are actually worth in the market today, and how to meet or exceed their worth.

I could tell you more about Paysa, and why we’re so enamored of them. I could tell you about how they leverage massive data sets, and utilize sophisticated machine learning algorithms. Or I could tell you what their CEO had to say about empowering job-seekers:

“With Paysa, we aim to empower individuals with all of the data they need to make an informed salary decision and help move conversations with employers from an opaque one, to one of transparency and clarity.”
—Chris Bolte, Co-founder and CEO, Paysa

Or, I could tell you that I really wanted to just title this post “Career Opportunities” so I could embed a recording of The Clash song. (Alright, I did embed it, but not until the end of the post!)

But what I really want to tell you about is the Paysa integration on our Nanodegree overview pages.

Career Opportunities: DevOps Engineer

Let’s say you were at Google I/O and heard Carter Morgan speak. And let’s say you got excited about the “Scalable Microservices with Kubernetes” course that he announced. And let’s say that when you looked up the course on our site you discovered it’s part of a new Nanodegree program that we’re launching soon, our DevOps Engineer Nanodegree program.

“DevOps Engineer, eh?” you say to yourself. And let’s say you get curious about career opportunities as a DevOps Engineer. That’s where Paysa comes in!

Udacity, Paysa, Career Opportunities

That Paysa module in the lower right corner is a linked resource. If you follow it, you’ll learn an INCREDIBLE amount about becoming a DevOps Engineer. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll discover:

  • The average salary for a DevOps Engineer is $111,432
  • The average annual equity for a DevOps Engineer is $36K
  • 34% of people in this role have No Degree
  • 17% of people in this role studied at University College, Dublin
  • 13% in this role know linux. 9% also know mysql
  • Other top skills include python, apache, unix, bash, java, cloud computing, sql, perl, javascript, ruby, git, system administration, shell scripting.

Fascinating, right? And again, that’s just a sampling of the information that awaits you. Paysa also lists companies with open DevOps roles. There are over 40 companies listed on the site right now, including Cigna, IBM, Adobe, Nike, and more. Some of our partners are on that list as well, like Accenture, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Career Opportunities: Nanodegree programs

Advancing your career is what our Nanodegree programs are all about. And in Paysa, we have a new partner in career empowerment—which means you have a new partner. Each of our Nanodegree overview pages now features the Paysa integration, so as you’re beginning the process of selecting which program is right for you, and which one will further your career objectives, make sure to discover what Paysa can tell you about your future career opportunities.

Ok, NOW for The Clash!

How To Prepare For A Machine Learning Interview

Machine Learning Interview

Getting ready for a job interview has been likened to everything from preparing for battle, to gearing up to ask someone out on a date, to lining up a putt on the 18th green at The Masters. Meaning, at best, it’s nerve-racking, and at worse, it’s terrifying! Preparing for a Machine Learning interview is no different. You know you’ve got something ahead with the potential to be either really great, or really terrible. But how do you ensure your result is the great one?

It’s all about mindset, and preparation.

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A Virtual Reality Career—Laying the Foundations

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Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting new areas of technology. It allows you to experience a different place and time—whether real or imagined—as if you were there. It’s a phenomenal experience for users, and it gives creators an unmatched amount of freedom to build out their ideas and applications. Plus, as interest in Virtual Reality grows, so too do career opportunities. Having helped start and grow Google’s VR team, I know from direct experience just how much potential there is in this field right now.

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