Future of Work: Connecting Learning to Jobs in Nevada

We are in a remarkable era. Emerging technologies are reshaping everything from transportation to healthcare to manufacturing, and more. This impacts how we learn, how we work, and how companies discover and hire talent. Udacity is committed to connecting learning to jobs in this new economy, and together with some of the most forwarding-thinking organizations and companies in the world, we are developing new, agile, and effective ways to train workforces for the jobs of today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Think Local

Across the U.S., local communities are taking it upon themselves to find innovative new ways to create local job opportunities, to skill up local talent, and to encourage the growth of tech sectors in their regions. Udacity is extremely excited to help spearhead such an effort in Nevada, specifically in the Reno-Lake Tahoe region. This first-of-its-kind effort represents a collaborative public and private partnership with local employers as well as workforce and economic development entities, including the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada  (EDAWN).

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The Midas Touch of Machine Learning

Machine Learning - Finance

Machine learning is one of those technologies that seems to have a limitless capacity to affect change. It’s a sort of technological King Midas, able to turn everything it touches into algorithmic gold. Recent innovative implementations include everything from fraud prevention to agricultural systems that enable farmers to manage crops on a plant-by-plant basis.

Part of machine learning’s appeal lies in its fundamental agnosticism; it can be used in virtually any field, and towards virtually any purpose. Because of this, demand for those with machine learning skills is growing at a remarkable pace. Machine learning strategies are also emerging as an effective way for companies to gain marketplace advantage, thus rendering machine learning talent all the more sought-after. Additionally, new startups powered by machine learning and related technologies are launching with increasing frequency, further serving to widen the impact. We’ll highlight one such story below, in which a graduate of Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program used the skills he learned in the program to launch a new financial services startup.

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4 Tips For Making A Successful Career Change: A Nanodegree Graduate’s Story

iOS Developer Career Change

Career change is a unique and sometimes challenging process. One of the more destabilizing aspects of the experience is once again becoming something you probably haven’t been in a while—not qualified. It’s a hard thing to go through, when you’re used to being accomplished in your career. Dealing with this feeling, and overcoming the self-doubts it can lead to, is an important part of successfully executing a change in careers.

We’d like to share a story with you today about someone who went through this experience, and successfully overcame the challenges he faced. Emmanuoel graduated from our Nanodegree Plus program with a great set of skills, but he still lacked the dreaded “minimum industry experience.” Through networking and building community, Emmanuoel was able to strengthen his portfolio, and increase his industry knowledge. He earned a contract role alongside another Udacity graduate, and soon, he’ll have a full-time iOS developer job.

Meet Emmanuoel!

My Career Change Begins

Hi, I’m Emmanuoel, and I graduated from the iOS Developer Nanodegree Plus program in October 2016. Back then, I was just beginning my career transition from finance and business management to iOS development. With no relevant education or work history, I knew it would be an uphill battle.

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How to Get Started with a Career in Virtual Reality

Getting started with a career in virtual reality

The virtual reality software industry took in approximately $407 million in 2016, and that number is predicted to climb as high as $14 billion by 2020. This kind of growth means job prospects are very good for those considering the field of virtual reality. We’d like to help you take advantage of these opportunities!

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Getting started with a career in a nascent field like VR isn’t exactly straightforward. There are no established paths to follow. To succeed, you need to empower yourself with as much relevant information as you can find, so you can make informed decisions about how to proceed.

We’ve partnered with the team at Paysa, the online career advisor that helps employees discover their true market value, to bring you this exclusive guide to Getting Started with a Career in Virtual Reality. It’s full of actionable insights you’re not going to find anywhere else! To access the guide, just enter your email address below:

Here’s what’s included in Paysa’s Virtual Reality career guide:

  • Top VR companies
  • Top cities for VR jobs
  • VR thought leaders
  • Required skills for a job in VR
  • VR salaries and compensation
  • And more…

Building Meaningful Lives: Talking Lifelong Learning at the Milken Institute Global Conference

Building Meaningful Lives
Photo Credit: Jonathan Barenboim

The Milken Institute describes itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.” In addition to producing actionable policy initiatives, and publishing important reports focused on issues related to human, financial, and social capital, the organization holds an annual Global Conference every year.

Building Meaningful Lives

This year’s conference, with a theme of Building Meaningful Lives, concluded on May 3rd. Shernaz Daver, Udacity’s Chief Marketing Officer, spoke at the conference, on a panel called “Unbound: Retraining The American Workforce.” Joining her were the following panelists:

Arthur Bilger, Founder and CEO, WorkingNation

Allen Blue, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Management, LinkedIn

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Former Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce; Advisory Board Member, WorkingNation

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

The goal of the panel was to tackle questions related to this premise:

“Millions of Americans have lost the jobs they were trained for as the employment needs of entire industries have shifted, and millions still in the workforce lack the skill set for tomorrow’s jobs.”

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Education Innovation in the Digital Age

Udacity Education Innovation In The Digital Age

In a recent article from The HR Director entitled The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Heico Sandee of Smart Robotics writes the following:

Emerging technology in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing are all combining to drive a change across a range of industries, and this Fourth Industrial Revolution is taking the digital age to the next level.

We have been in a “digital age” for some time now, and that isn’t changing, but as technology’s ever-accelerating pace continues to power innovations both transformative and disruptive, the pressure on us all to adapt gets more intense.

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