Reasons Why You Should Pursue a Career in Tech This Fall

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It’s no secret that the job market in the tech industry is one of the most lucrative there is. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for web developers are projected to grow 15% between the years 2016 and 2026. Keep in mind, the rest of all other occupations only has a projected growth of 7% in that same time span.

Basically what that means is that the tech jobs are abundant! There are seats to be filled and companies are itching to hire. In 2019, it’s a job seeker’s market.

So why should you work at a tech company? Here are 4 of the top benefits you will get if you work at a tech job:



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Five Easy Steps for Breaking Into the Tech Industry

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Switching careers can be daunting — you might feel as though you’ve been doing the same thing for too long or it’s too late to try something new — but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Follow these five steps to stand out from the crowd as you transition into the tech industry:



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Take Your Study Habits to the Next Level

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You’ve done the research and landed on the perfect Nanodegree program. You’re eager to learn in-demand skills, build incredible projects, and gain an industry-valued Nanodegree. Now, it’s time to dive into your program and study.

The word “study” often brings about memories of dusty books, handfuls of hastily scribbled notes, and caffeinated sleepless nights cramming for a test. Fortunately, these are just the results of poor study habits and can be avoided. 

People who regularly practice good study habits are shown to have a better ability to learn new skills and retain information, not to mention often having better job opportunities and advancements.



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Story of Ibrahim El-bastawisi, Story of grit & determination

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When going gets tough, the tough get going. Such is the story of Ibrahim El-bastawisi, a Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree graduate and a Multiple Sclerosis patient.

Ibrahim wanted to pursue Computer Science engineering but he could not because of his deteriorating health as an MS patient. His physical disability couldn’t stop him from learning and thus he enrolled for Udacity’s Front-End Nanodegree program. Today, Ibrahim is proudly working with a software company as a web developer.



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What is the difference between Dev and DevOps?

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Traditionally, software development teams are split into two dedicated functions — Software Engineers and Operations/Information Technology (Ops/IT) Specialists. Software engineers were responsible for writing code to solve a customer problem. Once the code was ready, an Ops/IT professional would deploy it to production servers and monitor it to ensure everything was running smoothly. It’s easy to forget that there used to be physical networking equipment and servers for every project not so long ago. At the time, software groups were not equipped to handle the technical challenges of working with these physical devices.

These roles are now blurring with the adoption of cloud computing services, giving birth to a new discipline known as Developer Operations Engineering or DevOps. Using software as their main tool, DevOps engineers work on internal development problems. Similar to how a software engineer optimizes an algorithm, a DevOps engineer’s goal is to optimize the software engineering process. In other words, dedicated developers use software to solve customer problems and DevOps engineers use software to solve their team’s software engineering problems. Since the tools used by DevOps are usually code-based, it’s becoming a critical skill for any software developer.



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Story of Mateusz Zatylny – Building an autonomous wheelchair

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Every day we come across many inspiring stories of our students succeeding in various fields. Some make us happy, some make us proud, and then there are some that are so remarkable they make us realize the profound impact our students can have on society. 

We came across one such story recently of Mateusz Zatylny, a recipient of the Udacity Pytorch Scholarship and the Udacity Facebook Secure and Private AI Scholarship, who is now building an autonomous technology driven wheelchair along with a group of Udacians he met during the Pytorch Scholarship program. Mateusz is a patient of generalized Dystonia, a movement disorder that is not limited to a single part of the body. But that clearly didn’t deter him from achieving great things. He can’t control his wheelchair by himself, so he decided to build an autonomous technology driven wheelchair that could help him and many more to safely maneuver through daily life.



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Jobs in AI: What They Involve and How to Nab One

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These days you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t interrogated Siri (or Alexa), enjoyed the movie Netflix suggested, or fallen victim to purchasing that additional item Amazon recommended—all of which are only possible due to artificial intelligence. AI has been a field of study as far back as the 1950s, but advances have skyrocketed in recent years. These days AI is everywhere and has increasingly become part of all of our everyday lives. Thanks to AI, once tedious tasks are now simple, single-click activities. And as technology becomes even more pervasive, it will only continue to impact our personal and professional lives.

From healthcare to education and everything in between, AI and related technology are also changing the nature of work across the globe. Gartner estimates AI will create 2.3 million new jobs in 2020 while eliminating 1.8 million positions. And according to a 2019 Dun & Bradstreet report, 40% of organizations are adding more jobs as a result of adopting AI, while only 8% are cutting jobs because of the new technology. 



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