It’s a common conundrum. You’ve worked hard, learned a lot, and are ready to take on your next professional challenge. But…no one will hire or promote you because you don’t have the right work experience. But you can’t get the right experience because no one will give you a shot. The cycle never ends.
Regardless of whether you’re switching fields, just starting your career, or gunning for your next promotion, if you find yourself stuck in the “work experience” gridlock, you must create your own experiences to make up for it.
“How to make the most of your Job Search?” Udacity works to answer this question throughout the course of our Career Services program. We learn about what works by working with our Alumni and with those who have gone on to have job search success.
The Careers Team organized a virtual event where Alumni were invited to connect directly with current students and share their experiences. They shared tips on how they navigated their job search, and ultimately landed a job after graduating. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to watch the event here:
Technology is changing and the workforce is catching up. LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report shows that AI and data science roles continue to dominate the workforce, as well as engineering and development, which made up 50% of this year’s list. But perhaps the most exciting part was seeing Robotics make the cut for the first time, representative of the $1.2 trillion artificial intelligence industry.
It’s safe to say that Udacity students are extremely well-equipped to tackle the most sought-after jobs in the workforce. In fact, 9 of the 15 jobs listed by LinkedIn match up with Udacity Nanodegree programs. As the report states, “Artificial intelligence will require the entire workforce to learn new skills, whether it’s to keep up to date with an existing role, or pursuing a new career as a result of automation.” Keeping that in mind, 2020 is the time to start mastering some of the skills required for the jobs of tomorrow.
Let’s take a look at some of LinkedIn’s 2020 emerging jobs and how they compare to Udacity’s Nanodegree programs.
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“UX designer” is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after job titles in tech. Being a UX designer is rewarding, challenging, lucrative and interesting. You get to work with people but also quite a lot with software as you design compelling apps and website experiences. Being a UX designer requires an impressive mix of creative, technical, and social skills. You need to be as comfortable with Adobe and Sketch as you are with interacting with a live group of users and analyzing their interactions with your mockups, prototypes, and wireframes. It’s certainly not an easy job, but if you love the work you won’t care that it’s challenging.
Close your eyes and think back to a coach you’ve had on a sports team (or P.E. Teacher if you weren’t into playing sports). They gave you tips on how to improve, helped you be the best you could be, and cheered you on. Having a Career Coach is just like having a sports coach. Career Coaches can point you towards resources to aid in your job search, help you identify your strengths, and encourage you to pursue opportunities until you land the perfect job.
Some people have such an innate understanding of a subject that being in their very presence makes you feel like you’re learning something, almost through osmosis. Udacity Instructor, Melissa Hui, is one of those people. Talking to her is a revelation. Melissa is the founder and principal of Context Leap, an agency specializing in employing human-centered design to help organizations manage culture transformation, empower leadership, and discover how to work in more productive, creative, and innovative ways.