Today’s post is guest-authored by Aaron McLean, Principal Technical Architect for AT&T Integrated Cloud.
My name is Aaron McLean. I’ve worked at AT&T for 17 years as a web developer and architect. In fall 2014, our group was in need of high-quality, low-cost training and certification. While we had online training, we needed more specific certifications within our software-centric network environment. Then one day, an email was sent to us from John Donovan (our Chief Technology Officer at the time), asking us to check out Udacity.com.
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!)
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!
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
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.
The Udacity-Google partnership is one of the most valuable assets we provide to our students. Some of our most successful and impactful Nanodegree programs were built with Google, including our Machine Learning Engineer and Android Developer programs. Some of our most successful student events have involved Google, including Intersect 2016 and the Android Developer Career Summit. And some of our most outstanding new courses feature subject-matter experts from Google.
Speaking of new courses with Google, I’d like to introduce you to seven of them, all of which are… wait for it … wait for it … free!
Current and future iOS Developers, you’re in quite a spot these days. Swift is here, Swift 3.0 is coming, but there is still so much out there written in Objective-C. More and more companies are moving TO Swift as their main programming language, but those same companies have a LOT of legacy Objective-C code that has to be dealt with. Interoperability, to put it mildly, is a big deal. The true champions in this space will be those developers who know and understand both Objective-C and Swift, and who can—perhaps most importantly—rewrite from the former to the latter. Will this be you?
DevOps is generating the kind of excitement right now that very few fields can claim to enjoy. But rest assured, this is no temporary tech trend—DevOps is here to stay. The core DevOps principles—pervasive automation of processes, the use of metrics to gauge the effectiveness of processes, and a culture of collaboration across organizational units—are being adopted by more and more companies every day, and demand for workers with DevOps skills is growing at blinding speed.
Udacity has been working hard on a new DevOps Nanodegree program, and today we’re thrilled to launch one of its signature courses: Scalable Microservices with Kubernetes. Equipping new learners with the skills required to meet this incredible demand for DevOps talent is our mission, and we’ve lined up some incredible talent for the program. Carter Morgan, Developer Platforms Engineer at Google, is one of the creators of—and instructors for—our new course, and here he is to tell you all about it!
Course instructors Kelsey Hightower and Carter Morgan
Earlier this year, the Udacity team decided we wanted to create a way for Nanodegree graduates to build leadership roles within our community. We determined that the best way to do this would be to gather a group of students that could meet with Udacity staff, and help us come up with and implement solutions for pressing issues in our community — issues like better serving the needs of rural students, and overcoming the psychological barriers many people face when starting a new career. We’re proud to announce that these students have now come together as the new Nanodegree Alumni Leadership Board (NALB).
Making a decision about your education, your career, and your future is one of the biggest life choices you can make, and enrolling in a Nanodegree program is exactly that kind of decision—it’s about about your education, your career, and your future. You don’t choose lightly, and it’s important you have a clear understanding of what’s involved. So how does a Nanodegree program work?