From Software Engineer to Data Scientist: One Udacity Grad’s Machine Learning-Powered Career Change

After twenty years as a software engineer, this lifelong learner decided to enroll in Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program, and he now has an amazing new role as a Data Scientist!

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Over the course of his twenty-year career in software development, Antal Berenyi has learned many important lessons. Perhaps the most important of these is the need to keep learning and redefining what you do. Antal just graduated from Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program, and he’s now applying the skills he learned in the program to a new data scientist role. He’s a passionate advocate for the positive impact machine learning can have on society, and he’s made it his mission to play a leading role in making this happen.

We spoke with Antal to learn how he acquired his new machine learning skills, and how he used his project portfolio to land his new role.

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How to Choose the Data Science Program That’s Right for You

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The numbers paint a pretty compelling picture, and all the press articles certainly add to the sense of excitement. Everywhere you look, there’s another story about the incredible demand for skilled data scientists. Just two weeks ago, a story from Bloomberg noted that job listings for data scientists on Indeed.com have increased 75% in just three years. Glassdoor has named Data Scientist the best job in the U.S. three years in a row. IBM is predicting a demand increase of nearly 30% in the next two years.

In short, it is an incredible time to become a Data Scientist.

That’s easier said than done, of course. But that’s where Udacity comes in. No matter where your skills and experience are today, we offer a point-of-entry into the world of data, and at Udacity, every data learning path ends with you being ready for success in the field. 

Whether you want to master data science programming with Python and SQL, launch a Data Analyst career, or explore business and predictive analytics, Udacity offers world-class programs, expert instructors, and the opportunity to start building relevant skills right away. We’ve partnered with industry leaders like Tableau, Kaggle, and IBM Watson, to ensure you’re learning the in-demand skills recruiters and hiring managers are looking for.

In this post, I’ll walk you through all the Nanodegree programs in our School of Data Science. I’ll show you what each covers, make clear how they connect, and help you choose the program that’s right for you. In the process, I’ll describe the projects you’ll build, and the skills you’ll learn.

Let’s get started!

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The Future of AI, Data, and Education

Please read Diversity on our AI and Data Advisory Board, our COO’s follow-up to the story below.

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Introducing the Udacity Artificial Intelligence and Data Industry Advisory Board

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As we look forward into a future we know will be shaped by the transformational impact of artificial intelligence and data technologies, we can clearly see the birth of a new knowledge ecosystem within which education, industry, and technology form a powerful partnership. That these three arenas will be interrelated goes without saying, but how they inform one another, and how these relationships take shape and evolve, remain open questions.

At Udacity, we recognize the singular role we occupy, existing as we do at the crossroads where  education, industry, and technology meet. We are a learning provider that teaches AI and data skills, in partnership with industry, and as such, we see a unique opportunity—and feel a special obligation—to both facilitate and contribute to the global conversation around critical issues we face as we move into our AI and data-powered future.

We are very excited to share that we have formed an Artificial Intelligence and Data Industry Advisory Board with the expressed goal of bringing together leading experts in the field to consider the opportunities that lay ahead, to address the challenges we face, and to answer the questions we must answer.

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4 Types of Data Science Jobs

Enroll in the new Data Scientist Nanodegree program today!

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What IS Data Science?

Data science combines several disciplines, including statistics, data analysis, machine learning, and computer science. This can be daunting if you’re new to data science, but keep in mind that different roles and companies will emphasize some skills over others, so you don’t have to be an expert at everything.

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Bertelsmann Announces 15,000 Data Science Scholarships

Apply today for an opportunity to master valuable Data Science skills with a Udacity scholarship from Bertelsmann!

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Lifelong learners across the globe interested in pursuing careers in Data Science have a fantastic new opportunity to achieve their dreams. Today, Bertelsmann formally announced 15,000 new Data Science scholarships for study with Udacity. Following on the 60,000 scholarships announced by Udacity and Google in September 2017, this brings to 75,000 the total number of scholarships offered through the partnership of Bertelsmann, Google, and Udacity.

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Top 5 Data Science Publications You Should Read In 2018

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If you ask a data scientist how to start or advance your data career, one of the first things they’ll tell you is to read. Not the answer you’d expect? You’d be surprised! Data scientists constantly read and explore what’s happening in the rapidly changing data landscape.

If you’re just getting started in the field, understanding current industry trends can set you apart in the job interview process, making it clear that you’re someone who is engaged and knowledgeable about the data science space.

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Meet The New Data Analyst Nanodegree Program!

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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.

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