From Music Store Manager to Front-End Developer

How One Udacity Student Adapted to Unexpected Change, and Built a Great New Career

Front-End Developer

Life is full of unexpected events, and abrupt changes often challenge us to reflect on our goals and directions in life. The self-reflection one engages in, and the subsequent actions one takes, emerge as defining moments for our futures. Decisions made about education and learning in particular can have profound—and profoundly positive—effects on our lives.

Jake Gornall was working as a music store manager when his son was diagnosed with 22q11.2 Microdeletion Syndrome, a genetic disorder. His family’s future was suddenly uncertain; what did the coming days and years hold, and how would he prepare for them? Above all else, he knew he had to ensure his family would be supported. But he wasn’t confident that his current career could provide that support. What could he do?

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Welcome to Udacity Discovery Week!

Udacity Discovery Week

For the first time ever, we’re launching Udacity Discovery Week, a week-long opportunity to enjoy savings of up to 50% on Nanodegree programs. Discovery Week runs from July 20th through July 27th. Enroll in a new Nanodegree program during Discovery Week, and you’ll enjoy never-before-seen savings, making this the perfect time to treat yourself to new skills, advance your career, and start building a rewarding future!

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Amazon Alexa’s Ashwin Ram talks AI with Sebastian Thrun

Ashwin Ram and Sebastian Thrun - AI - Udacity

Artificial Intelligence by its very nature promises so much, and the potential seems so vast it staggers the imagination. Excitement in this field runs higher every day, as the ongoing process of translating the possible into the actual produces newer and more incredible innovations.

With this excitement come concerns, of course, and it is perhaps understandable that some people continue to see Artificial Intelligence as some sort of a threat—in far too many narratives, AI is cast as a replacement for humans, with robot laborers predicated to take over for human employees in the workforce. This worry fails to take into consideration two key storylines: 1) AI is an augmentative technology; it extends our abilities, it does not replace them, and 2) AI, by assuming responsibility for repetitive and mundane tasks, frees us for more creative and fulfilling activity.  

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Making A Change: How one Udacity student brightened his future with an exciting new career in technology

We’ve all had those phases when we’re not satisfied with where we are, or what we’re doing with our lives. When you’re in that situation, it’s easy to feel frustrated, and those negative feelings can have a ripple effect, impacting those around you. As hard as it can be sometimes, the solution is to make a change, pursue a new opportunity, and start on a new path. The transformation can be remarkable.

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Inside the Mind of a Recruiter

Inside the mind of a recruiter - Udacity

At Udacity, our careers team is busy every day helping students advance their careers, and we get to work with an incredibly broad group of job seekers who are diverse in location, age, experience, career goals, and more. Despite their differences however, there are certain characteristics that all job seekers share, whether they’re entering the job market for the very first time, or making a career change after 15 years in their field. For example, everyone has questions about recruiters!

This is understandable. Recruiters have an extremely significant impact on the hiring process, but most of us know very little about them. So we’re going to remedy that today, by taking you inside the mind of a recruiter!

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Support Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Today is the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, and we are writing this post to encourage our community to take action in support of a free and open internet for all.

Free and open online access is critical to our mission of democratizing education. Without independent control over their own online experience, aspiring learners across the globe are at risk of losing the opportunity to empower themselves through education.

Every day, we witness our students making remarkable achievements. They are learning transformational skills. They are lifting themselves up to new opportunities. They are contributing to a better world. They are creating software for self-driving cars to make our roads safer, and our environment stronger. They are building robots that will offer mobility solutions to the physically challenged. They are developing artificial intelligence solutions that will do everything from helping doctors detect cancer more effectively, to preventing security threats.

None of this is possible without free and open access to the internet.

Lifelong learning opportunities are just one of countless vital services that a free and open internet makes possible, and that people rely on to realize their full potential in life.

If you too support keeping the internet open to all, learn more, and take action.

You’re going to love The Drawing Board, the new podcast from Udacity!

The Drawing Board - Podcast - Udacity

We are very fortunate to speak to, and connect with, so many amazing individuals over the course of our work at Udacity, and the opportunity to turn these interactions around and share them with our community in this new way is something we’ve long looked forward to. Please consider this your invitation to listen to the inaugural episode of The Drawing Board, Udacity’s new podcast!

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