This Udacity graduate’s unconventional career path led to success as an Android Developer, and included three years as a world-traveling street performer!
If I told you a student created their career out of magic, you might think I was speaking in metaphor, but with John Bono, it’s actually true! John’s parents both work in tech, and for many years he was absolutely sure that he didn’t want to follow in their footsteps. He spent a long time trying jobs in very different industries—the military, poetry, and, yes, magic—before finding the role that truly suited him…in tech! His journey will show you that even the most unorthodox of paths can ultimately lead to career success.
How one Udacity graduate’s life and career changed when he discovered Android!
I’d like to tell you about Ben Lewis. For years, he was a high school math teacher with a habit of spending his summer breaks trying to learn new skills. He was constantly in search of new tools that would aid him in the classroom, and he loved inspiring his students with unconventional approaches to mathematics. Then, during the summer of 2016, he stumbled upon Android app development. He could see potential right away—not only could he could pick up and share some app development skills with his students, but maybe he could even create a new app for his school. His wheels started spinning.
“While searching online for Android tutorials I discovered Udacity’s new Android Basics Nanodegree program. When I saw that it required no programming experience I thought it was perfect fit for me, so I decided to enroll.”
When we launched our Android Basics Nanodegree program by Google, we established something wholly new at Udacity: a complete learning path that takes you all the way from novice to expert in your chosen field. You can enroll in the Android Basics program without having any programming experience at all, and emerge fully job-ready as an Android Developer when you graduate from the Android Developer program! This means all students interested in Android Development can start learning right away, no matter their experience level.
It’s been a little over two weeks since we launched the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google program, and what an incredible two weeks it’s been! We knew going in we had an incredible team in place, who together built the program from the ground up. Now, we can happily say we have an incredible student body in place as well. We have been literally staggered by the passion, dedication, and dynamism we’ve witnessed, and the quality of work being submitted is so impressive. Best of all, the community is growing and bonding together, as students connect in forums, on Slack, and more.
Ask the Android Experts!
On the subject of connections, we’ve got a great new event to tell you about! It’s a special opportunity to connect directly with the experts from Google and Udacity who built the Android Basics program, and it will be your chance to ask any questions you might have about the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google.
It was just last week that we launched the Android Basics by Google Nanodegree program, and the response has been incredible.
As part of that launch with Google, we announced that the first 50 students to graduate from Android Basics would receive full scholarships to enroll in our career-track Android Developer program. Since that announcement, the leaderboard where we’re tracking student progress has been … electrifying!
Have you SEEN the leaderboard? It’s been a week, and we’ve already got students who’ve completed their studies and earned their scholarships. Wow!
There are now 1.4 billion active Android Devices in the world, and Android dominates the smartphone market with 82% global market share. These are impressive numbers. If you’re an aspiring Android Developer, this is opportunity knocking.
For many of you, that’s all you need to know. Android Developer, here you come.
But some of you may need more convincing when it comes to considering a career in Android Development. So let’s look at some key labor statistics and industry reports:
Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting new areas of technology. It allows you to experience a different place and time—whether real or imagined—as if you were there. It’s a phenomenal experience for users, and it gives creators an unmatched amount of freedom to build out their ideas and applications. Plus, as interest in Virtual Reality grows, so too do career opportunities. Having helped start and grow Google’s VR team, I know from direct experience just how much potential there is in this field right now.