Developed from a successful pilot with Google, these new courses help you go from learning to landing the job.
Ever since we first launched Nanodegree programs back in 2014, my team has been helping students to achieve their career goals—to land rewarding jobs, secure valuable promotions, execute meaningful career changes, and earn higher salaries.
Connecting learning to jobs has been central to our mission from the start, and nearly 75% of our Nanodegree program students report coming to Udacity expressly to advance their careers. That is why we’re very excited to launch our new, free Udacity Career courses today, at a time of year when, all over the world, university students are graduating.
This next generation of talent will enter the job market possessing a diverse range of skills, but facing a lot of competition, and a rapidly-shifting hiring landscape. They’re going to need every resource they can get to make sure they’re able to compete successfully for available roles. They are not alone in benefitting from this kind of support. Mid-career professionals pursuing career change, older workers returning to the workforce, and anyone looking ahead to a job search, will find these courses valuable as well.
How to put the “work” in “network”
It is virtually impossible to overestimate the importance of networking when discussing the job search process. You might even say, networking IS the job search!
While learning for the sake of career advancement is critical to your long-term success, it’s only part of the equation. Job seekers often have a difficult time moving from learning to acting, but it’s only when you act, that you produce opportunity.
In simplest form, networking means getting out the door, both literally and figuratively. It means proactively connecting with people. It means building relationships, and embracing the truism that relationships are a two-way street—networking is as much about helping others as it is about being helped.
Networking takes on an added dimension of importance when you’re changing careers, or if you come from what might be considered a “non-conventional” background. In these cases, you have to effectively contextualize your experience, tell your story, and make the case for why you’re right for the job, even if your background doesn’t line up with the role’s requirements. This is best accomplished by forging direct connections, and pursuing opportunities to speak openly and directly with individuals in positions to lend their support.
Put another way, you have to enable people to know the real you. Because you know you’re right for the job. But do they?
Below you’ll find 5 things you need to know to network effectively.
Your story—and more importantly, how you tell it—is one of your most important assets when it comes to competitive differentiation in the hiring landscape. Your story is comprised of those things that make you unique, and if you can contextualize these items effectively, your story becomes your greatest strength.
Landing a new job is one of the best feelings in the world, but searching for one can be daunting. For our Udacity Careers Team, our mission is to take the guesswork out of finding your new job. That’s why we created the Career Portal. You now have a customized path to getting hired, where you can track your step-by-step progress and get one-on-one feedback from experts along the way.
The virtual reality software industry took in approximately $407 million in 2016, and that number is predicted to climb as high as $14 billion by 2020. This kind of growth means job prospects are very good for those considering the field of virtual reality. We’d like to help you take advantage of these opportunities!
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Getting started with a career in a nascent field like VR isn’t exactly straightforward. There are no established paths to follow. To succeed, you need to empower yourself with as much relevant information as you can find, so you can make informed decisions about how to proceed.
We’ve partnered with the team at Paysa, the online career advisor that helps employees discover their true market value, to bring you this exclusive guide to Getting Started with a Career in Virtual Reality. It’s full of actionable insights you’re not going to find anywhere else! To access the guide, just enter your email address below:
Here’s what’s included in Paysa’s Virtual Reality career guide:
- Top VR companies
- Top cities for VR jobs
- VR thought leaders
- Required skills for a job in VR
- VR salaries and compensation
- And more…
In a world in which virtually all companies are of necessity becoming tech companies, it follows that tech skills can get you hired today in a far broader array of fields than was previously possible. One of the many wonderful by-products of this new reality is that candidates with in-demand skills now have the opportunity to pursue careers in fields they’re passionate about, whether those fields are “technical” fields or not. If ever there was a time when tech skills and social good were mutually exclusive, that time is now past!
There is virtually no role at Udacity that doesn’t involve connecting directly with students in some fashion, and we are all united by a shared commitment to supporting our students as they pursue their life and career goals. That said, certain roles have particularly significant impacts on the lives of our students, and Career Project Reviewer is one such role. These individuals provide detailed, expert reviews of those assets that more often than not contribute directly to a student landing a job—cover letters, resumes, LinkedIn profiles and more. Needless to say, it’s a really important job!