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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Six Tips That Will Make You A Stronger Job Applicant

Learn from a career mentor how to leverage everything from your network to your resume to your project portfolio to enhance your job search experience, and showcase why you’re the most qualified candidate.

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Hello new Udacity graduates, and congratulations on your achievements! You’ve successfully completed your Nanodegree program, you’ve acquired valuable and in-demand skills, and you’re ready to start applying them in exciting ways. Now, what comes next?

Are you looking for new roles? Have you started to apply? It’s a pretty amazing stage to be in—looking forward to a future full of new challenges and accomplishments—but it’s not without its difficulties. The job search process can often be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating, and you may find yourself wishing you had someone who could answer your career questions and help you navigate the complexities of today’s hiring landscape.

If that sounds like you, then you’re in luck because career mentors are here for your benefit!

Udacity’s career mentors are highly qualified individuals—they include digital marketers, software engineers, and career coaches—who care deeply about your personal success. I happen to be one of them!

As a career mentor, I’d like to share the answers to some of the most commonly asked career questions I’ve received from Udacity alumni as they pursue their goals.

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Discover Udacity Festival 2018

Celebrate community-powered learning and the audacity to produce positive change, at this 2-day virtual festival that gathers together Udacity students and alumni from around the world! RSVP for Udacity Festival 2018 today!

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All across the globe, everywhere you look, you’ll find Udacity students—lifelong learners who are committed to self-empowerment through education. They are young, old, and all ages in between. They are novices, and they are experts. They are entering the workforce, and re-entering the workforce. They are landing their first jobs, and they are established professionals. They speak different languages, live in different places, face different challenges, and have different opportunities. But what unites them all, is a passion for learning, and an unwavering faith in the power of education to produce positive change.

Your Invitation to Udacity Festival 2018

If you are a current student, or a member of our alumni community, then please consider this your invitation to Udacity Festival 2018!

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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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Answering “Yes” to Hard Questions About Learning, Hiring, and The Future of Work

A recent article from the University of California’s Chief Innovation Officer, about the impact of disruptive technologies on jobs and skills, poses critical questions about how we connect learning to jobs—today, and in the future.

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Everyone from politicians to policy makers, utopianists to university professors, innovators to investors, is talking about the future of work, the fourth industrial revolution, and the automation age. It’s hard to avoid these topics, and if you’re between the ages of, say, 16 and 80, you probably shouldn’t avoid them.

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How Do We Prepare for the Jobs of the Future?

Sebastian Thrun gives keynote address at the Midwestern Governors Association annual summit

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This morning, Sebastian Thrun spoke at the Midwestern Governors Association, and additionally participated in a panel, with a focus on jobs of the future, workforce development, and more. The 2-day event, running from September 19-20, highlights the ways the region is “adapting education and workforce training, infrastructure, energy and quality of life assets” in response to emerging technological innovations.

On August 20, 2018, the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) and Governor John Kasich of Ohio jointly announced that Udacity founder and chairman Sebastian Thrun would be the lead-off speaker for day two of the annual summit. This year’s theme for the conference is “The Smartland: Prepared, Agile and Empowered for the Future,” and we were thrilled for Sebastian to receive the invitation to speak. As noted in the official press release for the event, Governor Kasich mirrors our passion and urgency for the topics to be addressed:

“We are facing a tsunami of job disruption and creation in our country and we must challenge the status quo in education or risk our young people being left behind. That’s why I’m so excited to have Sebastian join us at the MGA Summit to address this important topic.”

Governor Kasich is absolutely correct in noting the existence of significant employment challenges facing our country today, and there is no question that learners of all ages and stages need and deserve ready access to programs through which they can acquire the valuable and in-demand skills necessary for success in our modern economy.

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No Degree Required: A revolutionary change in hiring practices that will benefit everyone, and close the talent gap

A move towards skills-based hiring opens the door for a more diverse workforce, while keeping the door open for those pursuing traditional degrees.

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You may have seen an article recently, entitled “Google, Apple And 13 Other Companies That No Longer Require Employees To Have A College Degree.” If you didn’t see that particular one, you’ve probably seen something similar. Publications from Glassdoor and Monster, to USA Today, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal, have recently covered similar ground.

Your reaction to these posts probably depends on your own educational background, and your own career goals going forward. If you’re worried about not having a college degree, this all looks like good news—you’ve got a chance to succeed based on your skills, not your pedigree. On the other hand, if you do have a degree, this may look problematic—a devalued credential, and more competition.

The truth is, this is good news for everyone.

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