Fifty years from now, we’ll all tell our grandchildren about the time the world stopped spinning. When restaurants were shuttered, businesses sent their workers home, and planes vacated the sky. And we’ll be asked what we did with all that extra time stuck at home.
What if you could say that 2020 was the lemon you turned into lemonade? The opportunity you seized to advance your career? Many are jumping at that chance, and Udacity is helping them do it— all from home.
Since Udacity’s inception, our mission has been to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future. Hundreds of thousands of students have graduated from Udacity programs since we launched in 2011. Qualified professionals are always in high demand and we’re here to help students get the skills they need for the job they want.
Of the over 128,000 students who have completed a Nanodegree program through Udacity, 73% who signed up with the intention of advancing their career reported a favorable career outcome, according to a 2020 survey of our graduates. What’s more, 50% percent of graduates who signed up with the intention of advancing their careers received a 33% median increase in pay.
Our students’ achievements are a constant source of inspiration around here. But just how did those students go from the online classroom to a tangible job?
Podcasts are the next big thing. It has been reported that podcast listeners spend more than six hours per week tuned in to podcasts. This is not surprising at all — what do you do when you are working from home with your earplugs tugged in, or when you are cooking your favorite meal or before you go to sleep? Most likely, listening to podcasts!
Podcasts are easy to access and offer the flexibility to multitask. And in a world where you are constantly doing something or another , what else do you need to consume your favorite content? So much so, that last year even Netflix tried its hand at podcasts. As they say, everyone and everyone’s roommate is doing a podcast! 😉
But in a sea of podcasts available across different genres, how do you choose the most relevant one? It’s a challenge for sure.
If tech podcasts are your thing, here are five that we think you should listen to in 2020.
Today, 30 million people have lost their jobs in the United States. This terrible reality isn’t just a tough pill to swallow, it’s creating a tremendous amount of uncertainty about the future of work. COVID-19 has in many ways sped up the inevitable dismantling of millions of jobs due to technological efficiencies, but the good news is that technology is only as powerful as the people that use it.
As industries grow more reliant on technology and the skills needed to meet their new and changing demands, a new job category has emerged: new-collar jobs. IBM CEO Gini Rometty introduced the term “new-collar jobs” to refer to the in-demand technical skills that are obtained through vocational training, like Udacity’s Nanodegree Programs, opposed to a traditional four-year college.
During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we’re experiencing more job loss than ever before. New-collar jobs offer an accessible and valuable way for workers to quickly break into tech-focused industries that offer stable careers with a lot of growth potential.
If you’ve recently found yourself rethinking your career options, it’s never been a better time to find a “new collar” job. Or, if you’ve always wanted to enter the world of tech, consider a position as an Android developer. Roles in Android development are not only stable and well-compensated, but they offer a clear career trajectory.