Networking with your Network: Walk it, Talk it, Work it

Learn how to network like the whole world is watching in the third post of our three-part series on career change.

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In our two previous posts, we’ve discussed three key principles related to the process of career change. We’ve explored “Walking the Walk” and “Talking the Talk,” and today, we’ll look at our third principle: “Networking with your Network.”

We’ve had two wonderful Udacity alums joining us for our conversations on these topics: Jamaal Davis, a graduate of our Digital Marketing Nanodegree program, and two-time Nanodegree program graduate Xi Palazzolo. To get started on today’s third principle, we’ll turn to Xi for a perfect opening statement:

I love using LinkedIn, and when I felt that I was ready to make my next move, I reached out to a lot of my LinkedIn contacts to ask them, “What kind of skill set do you think is important for someone to succeed, or excel, in this position?”

Now, let’s take this process one step at a time.

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Going Further, Exploring On Her Own: Lucia Gonzalez’s Nanodegree-Powered Career Change

A move from London to California offered a great deal of excitement for Lucia Gonzalez and her husband, but getting her career going in a new country proved harder than expected—and then she found Udacity!

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When Lucia Gonzalez’s husband was offered an exciting new job in San Francisco, the couple leapt at the chance to start a new chapter in their lives. They packed up everything in London and headed to the US. But while they loved their new home, Lucia couldn’t land a job in her field. She searched for six months without success.

Lucia felt stuck, so she started looking outside her comfort zone. It being the Bay Area, tech was everywhere, and she started to think about learning programming. It was a new field, but Lucia was curious. She took some free programs, learned a few basic skills, and was quickly hooked. At the same time, Udacity announced its new Grow with Google Scholarship, offering the opportunity to earn a full scholarship to Udacity’s Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree program. Lucia applied immediately and was ecstatic when she got accepted.

Half a year later, Lucia is a Nanodegree program graduate, and she has landed a Front-End Developer role in the San Francisco Bay Area! We spoke with Lucia recently to hear how she successfully navigated the experience of transitioning careers.

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Talking the Talk: Discover the mindset shift that leads to successful career change

Learn how to go from wanting to be something, to being that something, and why that’s so important for networking success.

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Welcome to Part Two of our series focused on career change! In our first post, we explored the concept of “walking the walk” as it pertains to career change, with the main idea being that it’s not enough to just learn the skills—you have to use them. Why? So that when a new career opportunity emerges, you’ve got evidence of your experience at the ready.

In this post, we’re going to go beyond walking the walk, to discover what it means to “talk the talk,” and we’re going to show you why this concept is so important.

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Walking the Walk: How to go from learning the skills, to using the skills, to successfully changing careers

In the first of our three-part series on career change, we look at the principle of “walking the walk,” and explore how demonstrating the skills you’ve learned can differentiate you from the crowd.

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We recently had the opportunity to explore the topic of career change with two Udacity alums, and learn how they were able to successfully move into new careers. Over the course of three articles, we’re going to draw on these discussions to cover three principles behind making a successful career change: Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk, and Networking with your Network.

Today, we begin with “Walking the Walk!”

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Two Years, Four Nanodegree Programs, and a New Career!

In just two years, Ricardo Diaz executed an almost impossibly rapid career transformation. Today, he has a new career as a Machine Learning Engineer in Peru, and this is his story.

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Ricardo Diaz is a machine learning engineer. He works for a great company in Peru, and he’s a graduate of no less than four Nanodegree programs! By all measures, he’s a success. But just two years ago, it was a different story. He was still in Venezuela, struggling to learn new skills. He was short of money, and his prospects for making a full-time salary weren’t great.

How did he manage such a rapid and complete career transformation? We chatted with Ricardo recently to find out.

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George Ampartzidis made a spectacular career change—from bank teller to Android developer!

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George Ampartzidis’ career wasn’t going where he wanted. He’d worked in the banking sector for twelve years, but was unable to move up through the ranks. He’d added a Master’s in Information Systems to his resume, but it hadn’t enhanced his employability. He’d even expanded his search for new roles across his homeland of Greece, but he found opportunities severely limited.

Then George heard about a Udacity scholarship, and saw in it the opportunity to start something new. He applied, and was accepted. Less than two years later, nearly everything in George’s life has changed. He moved with his wife from Greece to the UK, and he landed a great new role—as an Android developer!

We spoke with George to hear how he succeeded in making such a spectacular career change.

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From Software Engineer to Data Scientist: One Udacity Grad’s Machine Learning-Powered Career Change

After twenty years as a software engineer, this lifelong learner decided to enroll in Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program, and he now has an amazing new role as a Data Scientist!

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Over the course of his twenty-year career in software development, Antal Berenyi has learned many important lessons. Perhaps the most important of these is the need to keep learning and redefining what you do. Antal just graduated from Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program, and he’s now applying the skills he learned in the program to a new data scientist role. He’s a passionate advocate for the positive impact machine learning can have on society, and he’s made it his mission to play a leading role in making this happen.

We spoke with Antal to learn how he acquired his new machine learning skills, and how he used his project portfolio to land his new role.

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