Udacity Mentor Spotlight: Dipika Chadha Supports Students on Their Learning Journey

Learning something new is challenging. Learning something new independently is even more challenging. Here at Udacity, we work to set up our students for success. And our mentors are a key element for achieving success. 

Meet Dipika Chadha, a freelance UX Designer with an engineering background, a gift for creative problem-solving and a burning passion for supporting students while they learn the tech skills they need to land the job they want. 

In this Mentor Spotlight, we talk to Dipika about her impressive accomplishments, career progression and mentorship role at Udacity.

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The Top Cybersecurity Jobs of 2021

The recent SolarWinds breach, and the millions of accounts that were compromised, has recently put cybersecurity back in focus. Companies across all industries are rethinking their data security strategies to ensure that they aren’t the next ones making headlines. 

Hackers are only getting smarter and using cutting-edge technology, like artificial intelligence (AI), which means businesses need to step up their security game.

Over the next 10 years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that jobs in information security will grow by 31%, which is significantly faster than the rate of growth for all jobs (4%) or computer jobs (11%).

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Why AI Will Replace Some Jobs and Others Will Stick Around

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline workflows and processes accelerated the exit of many workers across multiple industries, from manufacturing to customer service and more. The U.S. job market suffered when COVID-19 spread across the country in 2020 and more automation was used to help struggling businesses stay afloat. 

There are currently 10.7 million unemployed people in the U.S. according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. With the end of the pandemic barely in sight, the unemployed are concerned they may never get their jobs back. Now, they also have the burden of worrying about potentially being replaced with AI-enabled machines and automation.

According to a report from the World Economic Forum, 85 million jobs will be replaced by machines with AI by the year 2025. While that may sound like a terrifying statistic, don’t worry. The same report states that  97 million new jobs will be created by 2025 due to AI. So yes, AI will replace some jobs, but others are either here to stay or will be created anew thanks to artificial intelligence.

Here’s why AI will replace some jobs, why it won’t replace all jobs and what you can do to best prepare yourself for the jobs of the future.

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5 Enterprise Upskill Strategies for 2021

Hiring a bulk of new external employees to fill skill gaps is costly and time consuming, especially when it comes to emerging tech and digital roles.

So what’s the best way to get workers with the technical skills you need while keeping everyone happy and not breaking the bank? Upskill your current employees.

If you don’t already have training as a part of your company culture, establishing an upskill strategy may sound a little intimidating. Have no fear. A recent PwC study shows that despite challenges like management buy-in, employee engagement and budgetary approvals, over 70% of employees typically want to upskill, either to be more innovative at work or increase their status. 

Giving the people what they want — opportunities to upskill on the job (and better yet, letting them lead the way) — is the key to a successful enterprise upskill strategy. 

Here are five strategies for leading an enterprise upskill  for your team.

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Cloud Engineer Jobs: What You Need to Know for 2021

The cloud computing field is reaching new heights. In fact, the field of cloud computing is projected to have a market size of $623.3 billion in the next two years, and 94% of computing is expected to be run through cloud data centers this year.

What’s more, according to Robert Half Technology’s State of U.S. Tech Hiring research, three out of the top five jobs center around cloud computing, including cloud security, cloud computing and cloud architecture

With cloud computing growing so quickly, tons of new jobs will soon hit  the market. If you’ve thought about entering the tech industry, now is a great time to prepare and begin exploring the world of  cloud computing.

Find out what cloud engineers do and how you can land your dream job as a cloud engineer in 2021.

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