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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Ratings and Reviews: Things We Learn From Our Students

Ratings and Reviews - Udacity

Feedback from our students is critical to our goal of providing world-class learning experiences, and on a daily basis everyone in the company reads the ratings and reviews that come in through our website. We’re thrilled when our Nanodegree programs receive positive reviews, and we work hard and fast to immediately address concerns when they’re raised.

On a review-by-review basis, we get an opportunity to hear how individual students feel about their experience, and when we step back and look from a higher level, we can identify patterns and trends that help us deliver program-wide enhancements and upgrades.

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Now Open for Enrollment: The Udacity Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program

Predictive Analytics for Business, Udacity

In 2010, when Forbes forecasted that predictive analytics would become a “game-changer,” very few people had heard of it. Now in 2016, predictive analytics is one of the hottest big data technologies out there, and it has become the go-to approach for businesses who want to use data to make smart business decisions, drive successful strategies, and improve future outcomes. This is great news for anyone pursuing a career as a Business Analyst—job growth is predicted to rise significantly, and salaries are increasing at double-digit rates every two years.

Which is why we are so excited to announce that enrollment for our new Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program is open starting today!

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Lifelong Learning and the Future of Work

Lifelong learning, Udacity

Job opportunities continue to grow in emerging spaces such as virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. At the same time, existing roles in fields from healthcare to finance are changing dramatically as new tools and technologies are adopted. The concept of lifelong learning is accordingly transforming from a discretionary aspiration to a career necessity. No longer is it a supplemental luxury to learn new skills, and no longer is learning new skills something you do only when you’re pursuing a significant career change. Being relevant, competitive, and in-demand in today’s fast-moving world requires an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning regardless of your role or career path.

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Nanodegree 101: What is a Nanodegree program?

Udacity Nanodegree

What is a Nanodegree program? In this post, we’ll try to answer this question through looking at the credentialing process, and what it means to offer a skills-based approach. We’ll then highlight some important program details, including our hiring and curriculum partnerships. We’ll follow that by breaking down four key ways a Nanodegree program is uniquely valuable, and then presenting some use cases organized around experience levels. Finally, we’ll explore the distinction between tech skills, and being “in tech,” and show you why the skills you learn in a Nanodegree program are applicable across a wide array of exciting fields.

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Introducing: The Android Basics Nanodegree By Google!

Android Basics by Google

It’s a great time to become an Android Developer, and there have never been better opportunities to start preparing for a career in this rapidly expanding field. Our new Android Basics Nanodegree by Google offers aspiring developers with little to no programming experience an exclusive opportunity to get started on the path to an amazing career in Android Development by learning directly from experts at Google.

50 Android Developer Nanodegree Scholarships From Google!

The best part? Google will award the first 50 students who complete the Android Basics Nanodegree a chance to win a full scholarship to enroll in our career-track Android Developer Nanodegree program.

Successfully transitioning to this advanced degree program is a critical step for becoming an in-demand Android Developer, and with the support of Google, students now have a powerful financial incentive to pursue their career goals. Enrolled students will be able to monitor their Nanodegree progress on a public leaderboard, and Udacity mentors, coaches, project reviewers, and student support experts will help students stay on track from enrollment to graduation.

Hottest Jobs of 2016: Android Developer

There are currently 1.4 billion activated Android devices in the world today, and that number is growing. In India, China, and the EU5, Android holds a significant market share, and demand for developers is growing dramatically. Mary Meeker’s recently released Internet Trends Report predicts another year of significant gains for Android vs. iOS, and countless employment studies have placed App Developer at the top of their “Hot Jobs” lists, with salary growth estimates running above 20% year-over-year. Right now, there are well over 3,000 open Android Developer jobs on LinkedIn. Indeed.com shows nearly double that.

Do those numbers have you thinking about starting to build your own Android apps? Maybe you even have a great idea for an Android app, but don’t believe you’re capable of building it yourself? Well, think again!

The Android Basics Nanodegree by Google

We are extremely excited to launch our latest Nanodegree program with Google. The Udacity-Google partnership is one of the most valuable and unique assets we provide to our students, and this new program is a perfect example of this collaboration in action. Designed for students who don’t yet have experience building apps, Android Basics by Google will provide a guided, efficient path for new developers to learn the essential skills needed to build apps for Android. This includes:

  • The essentials of the Java programming language
  • Interacting with Web APIs
  • Using a SQLite database

Most importantly, students will learn how to transform an app idea into a technically sound plan that can be implemented successfully. By the end of the Nanodegree, students will be ready to take the career-track Android Developer Nanodegree program, and will have built and submitted 10 projects, 8 of which are functional apps.

What You Need To Know Before Enrolling

The Android Basics Nanodegree by Google costs $199 per month and features all the unique components that are integral to the Nanodegree experience, including:

  • Specialized courses built with—and taught by—Google experts.
  • Learn-by-doing projects that enable students to create real products, and build professional portfolios.
  • Expert project review and personalized feedback delivered within hours of submitting.
  • Mentorship, coaching, and career services.
  • Face-to-face learning opportunities through Udacity Connect.

With the addition of Android Basics Nanodegree by Google, we now offer every single student a point-of-entry into the world of Android Development, whether they’re just starting to program, or already building apps.