Workplace Trends To Watch for in 2021

COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our lives — at home and at work. Some of these changes are short-term, but most will have a lasting impact. While organizations have worked to adapt to the shift in technology and processes, one of the most profound changes has been that of our mindset. 

Even as we roll out the COVID-19 vaccination for mass distribution, many of these new changes will permanently reshape our conception of the world of work in the times to come. 

Remote work has become the norm and many organizations like Microsoft, Gartner, Adobe, PayPal, Salesforce, Slack, Twitter and more have adopted an indefinite work-from-home model.

With that in mind, it has become increasingly more important to redefine and further clarify company values and culture to keep organizations in sync with the new normal of working.  Here are some workplace trends that you can expect to see in 2021. 

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Best Drone Engineer Jobs For Those Who Want to Work with UAVs

Gone are the days when drones were thought to be meant for hobbyists or as playthings or as “an eye in the sky” for the military. Today, drones are mainstream and have made their way into industries such as construction, oil & gas, mining, logistics, space tech and many more. 

The rise in adoption of drones has opened the doors for new opportunities for drone enthusiasts and aspiring drone engineers.

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Udacity Grads Use Deep Learning to Create a ‘New Normal’ in the Healthcare Sector

It’s said that “modern problems require modern solutions.” This becomes more relevant in the age of COVID-19 when the world has come to a standstill and everyone is living a new normal. 

When it comes to Udacity grads, they take this adage very seriously. In one of our previous stories, we featured Tiago who is making working from home easier through his web App – crushingWFH

In this post, we will profile two Udacity Alums —  Axel and Richard —  who are using deep-learning capabilities to innovate the healthcare sector.

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New Year, New You! 7 Soft & 7 Hard Skills You Need to Learn in 2021

It’s the New Year and with 2020 firmly behind you, you can walk into 2021 with a renewed focus on self-improvement — and it starts with gaining new skills.

The job market has drastically changed due to the pandemic and increased automation, and many of the jobs that were lost will simply not come back. But, there is hope. According to a recent report by Microsoft, the total number of technology-oriented jobs will increase nearly five-fold by 2025, rising from 41 million in 2020 to 190 million in 2025.

Make 2021 your year to gain new soft skills and hard skills in coding, digital marketing, data analysis, and more that will help you catch the eye of employers looking to fill the tech jobs available this year and beyond. 

New Year, New You! 7 Soft & 7 Hard Skills You Need to Learn in 2021

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Top 10 Highest-Rated Nanodegree Programs for 2020

The year 2020 has proven to be a time of both change and resilience. Due to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders issued globally, people had to change their lifestyles, adopt better eating  habits, learn to work from home, and some even picked up a new skill — like coding.

The point is, regardless of if people learned to cook, create pivot tables in Excel, or program using a new computer language, we all learned something new. 

This uptick of people using online learning platforms to help them gain knowledge and new skills in their downtime, made us wonder which online courses and Nanodegree programs our students liked the most. 

After examining our Nanodegree programs and student feedback, we compiled a list of our top-rated Nanodegree programs for 2020, according to our global community of students. 

Top 10 Highest-Rated Udacity Nanodegree Programs for 2020

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Online Learning Trends in the United States: Which Nanodegree Programs are Popular Where?

If 2020 were a movie, it would be a nail-biting thriller. The kind of movie that is rife with twists and turns. But 2020 has been as real as it can get. And despite all of the unforeseen events that unfolded this year, people have shown that they can be resourceful, resilient and innovative.

In fact, while the year posed many challenges, it also led to the adoption of new habits and trends. One of these was the explosion of online learning during 2020. While millions of people around the world lost their jobs, many also decided to upskill themselves to prepare for the post-Covid world.

At Udacity, we witnessed a surge in the enrollment for our Nanodegree programs in 2020. These trends not only show the interest areas of our learners but also the trends that will guide the job market. Keeping this in mind, we decided to share some of these trends with you.

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Udacity Student Story: Keith Sun Turns COVID-driven Uncertainty Into an Opportunity

Just like millions of other workers around the world, Keith Sun was facing career uncertainty due to COVID-19

He works as a career services professional for the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati and wanted to improve his resume by topping it with professional skill-sets. 

“I was facing a summer where a furlough or employment termination was a real possibility,” shared Keith. “Given COVID-19 and [stay-at-home orders], I was suddenly given an ample amount of time for online courses. Because of the charitable generosity of Udacity’s free first month promotion, I decided this was a great time to learn the latest skills online. So I enrolled in the Digital Marketing Nanodegree program. I enjoyed learning on Udacity’s platform so much that I wanted to pursue additional programs which led me to finish the Business Analytics Nanodegree program as well,” he shared.

Watch Keith Sun’s full interview here.

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