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With around 67% mobile penetration in the world and 5.1 billion mobile users globally, mobile technologies are growing at an unprecedented rate. This has resulted in huge demand for Android and iOS App developers.

Here we bring to you an inspiring story of one of our Android Developer Nanodegree program graduates, Shivam Srivastava, who has recently got a job as an Android Developer. 

Shivam dropped out of college where he was pursuing his Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering and strived hard to get hands-on with the concepts of coding which ultimately lead him to the Udacity Android Developer Nanodegree program. “Learning is a continuous process so keep learning and upgrading yourself with new technologies,” says Shivam Srivastava, Udacity Android Developer Nanodegree program graduate.

Tell us something about yourself

My name is Shivam Srivastava. Currently, I am working as a Mobile Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana. I started coding in my 9th standard and I like coding with Java. I used to make basic Data Structure programs and learn logic. When I was in college, I started to explore more possibilities for coding. I began experimenting by taking up small projects related to coding.

My father and younger brother are government employees and my mother is a house-wife. I worked for a year as an Android Developer at a monthly salary of INR 8000. Then I moved to Gurgaon for more opportunities.

After 5 months, I had to quit my job due to some circumstances and stay at home for around 6 months. As there was a dearth of opportunities for Android Developers in my home-town I started to teach MS Office and Excel to Government Employees there.

After 6 months, I came back to Gurgaon and started my career as a Full-Time Freelance Android Developer.

Which Udacity Nanodegree program did you enroll for and why?

I enrolled for the Udacity Android Nanodegree program, while I was working as a Freelance Android Developer. When I had enrolled in the program, I had approximately 3 years of experience in Android development. I was looking for an opportunity that could help me grow and get a hike. One of my clients suggested applying for the Udacity Google Scholarship program. Fortunately, I got a Scholarship and chose to do the Android Developer Nanodegree program. I cleared the Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the program and completed the 6-month Nanodegree within a month.

How have you benefited from this program?

The Nanodegree program has advanced topics that I required to learn in Android. I benefited immensely from the community that Udacity offers. Whether they are college students or working professionals, there was something to learn from everyone. The course also contains all topics that Google Associate Developer Certification requires. The best part was the environment that I was exposed to.

The Nanodegree program offered some amazing projects, for which we had to first build an App and then complete all the projects using that App.

The energy of the Udacity Alumni Community is simply amazing. I loved how the students collaborated in completing the projects. We worked individually on our Nanodegree projects and then worked as a team also. It was really helpful and quite a good experience. 

What role did the mentors and projects play in your success?

Mentors provided by Udacity were very helpful. Whenever I got stuck during the Nanodegree program, my mentor would help me clarify my doubts. Udacity’s mentors not only helped me succeed in my Nanodegree program but also taught me where to look for answers. I think that is great quality as they not only taught me what to learn but also how to learn. I absolutely loved the weekly Technical Sessions which helped us interact with our mentors on a regular basis.

You have recently landed a new job. Tell us something about that.

Udacity organized its career fair in Gurgaon where we got access to multiple job opportunities.  So, I thought to give it a try. I applied for one of the profiles and got interviewed. They asked a few questions about Android. Since I had mentioned about Flutter Development on my resume, they had asked me to make a small project on Flutter after the career fair. I completed that sample project and got the job. Not only did I get my dream job but also received a good hike.

It is really inspiring to see how our students and mentors collaborate to ensure successful outcomes. 

Congratulations Shivam for successfully graduating from our Android Development Nanodegree program and your new job.

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