Seven Years of Student Success

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Udacity turns seven years old today. I’ve been with the company almost since its inception. I was employee #3! It was a very different company then, in so many ways. And yet, the reasons I joined then, are still the reasons I am here today.

I was already aware, from personal experience, that there were serious cracks in our higher education system. Too many people didn’t have the access they deserved. They weren’t getting the support they needed. They weren’t able to learn the skills required to advance their lives and careers. I joined Udacity because I wanted to change this. I wanted to help people transform their lives through greater access to education.

Udacity’s beginnings

In 2011, two Stanford instructors, Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, made what would prove to be a revolutionary decision—they decided to offer their “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course for free online, while simultaneously teaching it in-person at Stanford. Public response was incredible—online enrollment was capped at 160,000, with students enrolling from more than 190 different countries. But if that was unexpected, the results at the end of the course were even more so. 412 students from the general public performed better than the best Stanford student.

This was the beginning of what would become Udacity, and this was the company I joined.

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New and Improved Career Services

Enroll in a career-ready Nanodegree program today, and use Udacity Career Services to ensure you make a meaningful impact on recruiters and hiring managers

Udacity Career Services

We’re here to connect learning to jobs. That’s our goal. To ensure that what you learn, earns you the job you want. To reach that goal, we need to support you with the full measure of our experience, knowledge, and resources—including our hiring partnerships and industry connections.

To date, we’ve helped thousands of Udacity graduates achieve their desired career outcomes. How? By constantly learning from you, about what you need.

We ask questions, collect data, and track results. We send surveys, conduct interviews, and do polling. We pore over LinkedIn, read blog posts, and monitor Slack. We talk to prospective students, current students, and alumni. We talk to industry partners, hiring managers, and recruiters. We collect feedback signals everywhere, and we analyze those signals, and we act on all that feedback to try and create the right services for you.

Today, we’re very excited to introduce new and improved career services for students of our career-ready Nanodegree programs! Enroll today, and these services will play a key role in your journey to career success.

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Udacity Launches Free Career Courses

Developed from a successful pilot with Google, these new courses help you go from learning to landing the job.

Udacity Launches Free Career Courses

Ever since we first launched Nanodegree programs back in 2014, my team has been helping students to achieve their career goals—to land rewarding jobs, secure valuable promotions, execute meaningful career changes, and earn higher salaries.

Connecting learning to jobs has been central to our mission from the start, and nearly 75% of our Nanodegree program students report coming to Udacity expressly to advance their careers. That is why we’re very excited to launch our new, free Udacity Career courses today, at a time of year when, all over the world, university students are graduating.

This next generation of talent will enter the job market possessing a diverse range of skills, but facing a lot of competition, and a rapidly-shifting hiring landscape. They’re going to need every resource they can get to make sure they’re able to compete successfully for available roles. They are not alone in benefitting from this kind of support. Mid-career professionals pursuing career change, older workers returning to the workforce, and anyone looking ahead to a job search, will find these courses valuable as well.

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Experience “The Udacity Advantage” at the Intersect 2018 Career Center

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Intersect 2018 presents conference attendees with an opportunity to experience firsthand what we like to call “The Udacity Advantage.”

The Udacity Advantage

Alongside world-class curriculum, expert instructors, a groundbreaking classroom experience, and industry-leading collaborators like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and more, Udacity offers you direct and personalized career support as part of your learning experience. This is one of the key reasons why Nanodegree program graduates succeed so consistently out in the job market.

At Intersect 2018, we’re bringing it all to you live!

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How Your New Udacity Profile Can Get You A Job


At Udacity, we want to be the place where you come to get an education, to get a job. One of the key ways we pursue this objective is through candidate profiles. Every career-ready Nanodegree program student has a unique candidate profile, which functions as an optimized showcase for your skills, your projects, and your experience. We want to see top employers consistently discovering Udacity talent, and student profiles help make this possible.

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Go From Hireable To Hired With Career Advisor!


There are many paths to career success, and while we all generally share a similar end goal—landing our dream job, being successful, enjoying a fulfilling life—we all start in different places. Some of us literally begin at square one. We don’t have the skills we need, we don’t have the experience required, and we don’t have any portfolio evidence of our accomplishments. But we want to learn! Others of us have some of the puzzle pieces assembled, but still need a few items to flesh out the picture. But we’re ready for our careers to advance! And finally, there are those of us who are essentially already ready to be hired, but for some reason the switch isn’t flipping.

Nanodegree Programs, and Nanodegree Plus

At Udacity, we’ve thought deeply about all three of these scenarios. And while ultimately every individual’s journey is unique, there are some patterns that emerge, and we’ve tried to speak to each of these with our offerings. Our Nanodegree programs are perfectly suited for that learner who is ready to undertake the full journey towards a new career. And Nanodegree Plus, with its job guarantee, is ideal for that career-focused student who knows what they want to do, and is ready to do it.

But what about that third scenario?

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Introducing Profiles! AKA How You Show Off All the Cool Stuff You Can Now Do

If you’re taking one of our Nanodegree programs, we’re happy to announce that you’ll now be able to take advantage of our new professional profiles, through which you can showcase your skills to potential employers and advertise your employment preferences (as well as share your portfolios with your peers and friends!).

If you’re an enrolled student, you can get started right now by going to your profile (also accessible by clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner and selecting ‘Profile’ in the drop-down menu) and syncing your relevant accounts when prompted. Once all sections have been populated and edited to your satisfaction, be sure to toggle the switch next to the ‘Recruitment Info’ section to “Looking for Jobs” to let others know you’re in the market!

When you start a Nanodegree, new sections within your profile are automatically created. They are also automatically populated with portfolio items (for now, just your projects), as you work through the program, leaving you free to focus on learning while a project portfolio is built for you. You can of course improve your profiles by uploading extra examples of your work as you go.

You can opt-in to show potential employers not only your Nanodegree projects but also your work history and preferences, including cities and countries to which you are willing to relocate, simply by completing your profile. Employers can then see at a glance what you learned, what you can do and whether their open positions might be relevant for you.

There is also a public view, which is perfect for sharing with friends, family and fellow Nanodegree students. For example, check out Allan’s profile here:

Professional profiles powered by Accredible
Yes, student Allan Reyes has really completed THREE Nanodegrees. #hardcore

The new profiles are powered by Accredible, who are best known for their interactive course digital certificates in order to make students accessible and attractive to recruiters. We’re excited to team up with them on this career effort!

If you haven’t yet enrolled in a Nanodegree, why not start today? Nanodegrees are built and recognized by leading technology companies, designed specifically to advance your career. They teach the skills necessary to excel in technology’s most sought-after positions, and enable you to practice and demonstrate those skills through realistic projects. Nanodegrees currently available include: Data AnalystFront-End Web DeveloperFull Stack Web DeveloperiOS DeveloperIntroduction to Programming.

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