This Udacity graduate followed her dreams, mapped out her journey, mastered the necessary skills, and successfully launched her own company!
For Sandra Girouard, enrolling in Udacity’s Digital Marketing Nanodegree program was a critical turning point on the journey toward building her dream career. Sandra went from being a mother and teacher, to being a first-time independent business owner, to embracing her true passion as a digital marketing consultant, helping individuals and organizations grow their businesses, and achieve their goals. She learned a great deal along the way, including the skills that ultimately made her dreams a reality.
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The Human Interest Factor
Marketing has always appealed to students of the human psyche.
“A marketer is like a psychologist with a competitive streak.”
There’s a thrill one gets from running a successful campaign that is unlike any other—it’s not just the sense of a job well done, though of course that’s part of it. And it’s not just about the revenue, though of course that can be satisfying as well. No, it’s something different. It’s that you know you’ve really reached people, that something you created resonated with real people.
The work of being a professional creative artist has changed dramatically in the last two decades. For better or worse, the onus has gone squarely and entirely onto the shoulders of artists when it comes to advancing careers. For those unprepared or unwilling to master the new suite of skills required to succeed in the digital age, the changes have been daunting at best, and career-ending at worst.
Self-promotion has always been part of the process of being a professional working artist, but the requirements run both broader and deeper today. To succeed, you must not only produce the creative work, you must also be an accountant, a promoter, a manager, a PR agent, a marketer, a designer, a developer, and more.
Does this seem overwhelming, even impossible? Rest assured, it’s not. But adapting, if you haven’t already, will take some work. Fortunately, the solutions exist. Wrap your head around the 3 Ds, and you’ll be in a great place to own and advance your career. Let’s investigate further!
How one Udacity graduate’s personal health journey led to a better life, and a brand-new career!
People come to Udacity for many reasons, but one thing that unites them all, is that they come to pursue self-empowerment through learning. Many are tackling obstacles that stand in their way. For some, a lack of in-demand skills is preventing career advancement. For others, financial hardship is limiting their opportunities. Still others are battling obstacles like gender, age, or race bias.
For Pascal Milfeit, the story was a bit different.
Pascal was facing an obstacle too, but in his case, the obstacle was himself. This is the story of how Pascal overcame difficulties he’d put in his own way, and built a new future for himself by embracing learning as a means to a new life.
This guide is part of the curriculum for the Udacity Digital Marketing Nanodegree program—a comprehensive and highly interactive program that teaches you everything you need to know to become a Digital Marketer.
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The question might be better phrased as, who doesn’t need digital marketing? The answer, for the record, is no one. This is probably not much of a revelation, however, as we’re probably all on the receiving end of digital marketing campaigns pretty much every day. What’s in your inbox right now? Shoe sales? Baseball tickets? A museum opening? Spend an hour online, and you’ll likely come to the conclusion that literally EVERYONE uses digital marketing.
And yet, no.
The simple truth of digital marketing is that every business must engage in it to succeed in today’s world. Over $70 billion is already being spent on digital advertising in the U.S. alone, and this number is expected to grow by over 40 percent in the next four years. Yet despite its ubiquity, mastery of all the various tools, techniques, rapidly evolving platforms, and products that make up a successful digital marketing strategy is challenging to achieve, and a holistic understanding of how digital marketing really works can be elusive. So the field remains crowded with specialists, even as demand for multi-channel fluency increases dramatically. To address this, what is needed are new learning opportunities for digital marketers who want in-depth coverage of all the main platforms in one place, in a framework that focuses explicitly on the most important thing of all—the customer journey.
The Udacity Digital Marketing Nanodegree Program
We are thrilled today to be announcing our new Digital Marketing Nanodegree program. We have partnered with an incredible roster of industry-leading digital marketing companies to build a program that offers a holistic approach to the field, covers every important platform, and equips students with a broad foundation upon which to build their careers. Students will have the opportunity to learn with experts from Facebook, Google, Hootsuite, Hubspot, Mailchimp, Moz, and more.