Yesterday, Udacity launched a new Data Scientist Nanodegree program for students with advanced programming and data analysis skills. It is the latest step in our mission to offer students multiple entry points to learn the in-demand data skills they need to enter the fast-growing world of data. The program joins our existing Data Foundations (for students new to data), Business Analyst (less technical, focused on analytics), and Data Analyst (more technically advanced) Nanodegree programs.
Graduates of our data science programs land exciting roles all the time. Today, we wanted to share the story of one of these amazing people: Arati Vaze. Arati is a graduate of the Data Analyst Nanodegree program. She recently landed a new role as a Search Language Specialist. This is a wonderful milestone for Arati, and represents a significant new stage in a journey that began in 1998. That was the year she married, left her physics lecturer job in India, and started a new life in San Jose, California. Today she is the proud mother of two teenagers, and she has an exciting career ahead of her.
Teaching at the forefront of technology—as we at Udacity are fortunate to do—is both exciting and challenging. To fulfill our promise to our students, it’s critical we maintain the up-to-the-minute relevance of our content at all times. Given how fast technology changes, this process is pretty much ongoing, every day. Sometimes the changes are minor; an upgrade here, a new version there. Other times, the opportunity presents itself to engage in a significant program overhaul.
A Complete Path to a Data Career
The recent launch of our Data Foundations Nanodegree program presented just such an opportunity. The addition of this new program has made it possible to now offer a complete path to a data career. But, changes to other programs in our data ecosystem—which includes the Business Analyst and Data Analyst Nanodegree programs—were necessary to fully optimize this path for our students.
We’re very excited today to share details with you about new changes we’ve made to the Data Analyst Nanodegree program.
As a young professional in the banking industry, Jennifer Tsou worked as a Relationship Banker—providing personal financial counseling, assisting with lending services, and building relationships with customers. Her university education—focused on finance and economics—provided her with the tools she needed to be successful in her role. Her career in banking afforded her stability, and the opportunity to further develop her customer relations skills. Still, she often found herself questioning her path. She occasionally indulged herself by imagining doing something different with her life and career, only to remind herself she should be happy to have a job.
Something was definitely missing.
Tableau partners with Udacity to provide Data Visualization content for the Data Analyst Nanodegree program
Data visualization skills are increasingly becoming significant competitive differentiators for individuals pursuing data careers, and demand for business analysts who possess these skills is increasing rapidly.
This is why we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve welcomed Tableau as a new partner for our Data Analyst Nanodegree program! Tableau is the global leader in visual analytics, and has been highlighted by Gartner as the “gold standard for intuitive interactive exploration.” According to Wanted Analytics, Tableau is one of the Top 5 skills required for analysts, and the number one data visualization tool.
When choosing a career, there are safe paths to pursue, and there are risky ones.
A career in data offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it is a secure choice—demand for data talent continues to increase, and shows no sign of abating. With data skills in your toolkit, you’re going to be in demand in virtually any industry. On the other hand, it’s a brave new world out there. We’re producing massive amounts of data, and that data is making amazing new things possible. But, the methods and strategies we’re having to continually invent to harness all that data means the future is continually being redefined in real time. Those on the data front lines are at the forefront of technological progress.
The good news is, that no matter which route you take—the secure one, the risky one, or something in between—there are ample career opportunities out there for anyone interested in data.
But, how do you actually get started?
That’s where this guide comes in. At Udacity, we’re extremely fortunate to collaborate with some of the most forward-thinking companies in the world, and we work with some of the most innovative thinkers and creators in the data space. Our hiring partners represent some of the best career opportunities in the field, and are a critical source of information about what companies are seeing in their data hires.
We’ve marshaled all these resources together to create this guide for you, and all of our expert contributors offer unique perspectives and experiences. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in data, this is your complete guide. To access the guide, just enter your email address below:
Today we are announcing the first Udacity Connect Campus launching in Saudi Arabia, with the long-term goal of helping talented learners across Saudi Arabia achieve their full potential in the technology sector. This new program is made possible through the remarkable partnership of the MiSK Foundation, and under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz.
The pursuit of educational inclusion brings us into close contact with an absolute wealth of wonderful organizations—motivated communities united around the noble goal of ensuring that any and all aspiring learners have the unfettered opportunity to pursue self-empowerment through education.
Women Who Code
Women Who Code is just such an organization, and we were recently able to work with their Silicon Valley chapter on an event that we hosted here at Udacity HQ.