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!
Programming is an indispensable skill in today’s world. Technology is everywhere, and learning to code is one of the most valuable and useful things you can do. In your professional life, having programming knowledge will open new opportunities, and significantly enhance your ability to launch or advance a career. On a personal level, you’ll refine your analytical and problem-solving skills, build self-sufficiency, and enjoy being able to create new things.
“Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.” —Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
Projects are at the heart of our approach to learning. We believe you should learn by doing, and when you’re a Udacity student, projects are what you do. They’re how you learn, and they’re how we assess your learning. Ultimately, they’re also how you’ll demonstrate what you’ve learned. From the moment you enroll, to the moment your portfolio earns you the job offer, it’s all about projects.
Udacity projects can be hard work, and the stakes are often high. Expert project reviewers are standing by at any hour of the day, ready to deliver detailed assessments of your efforts. Between you and your Nanodegree credential, there is a path marked with projects that must be mastered before you can advance. You’ve got your work cut out for you. Sound fun?
It is! And to prove it to you, we’re going to look at five different projects from five different Nanodegree programs that are really, really fun!
Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting new areas of technology. It allows you to experience a different place and time—whether real or imagined—as if you were there. It’s a phenomenal experience for users, and it gives creators an unmatched amount of freedom to build out their ideas and applications. Plus, as interest in Virtual Reality grows, so too do career opportunities. Having helped start and grow Google’s VR team, I know from direct experience just how much potential there is in this field right now.
It is a great privilege to share Student Success stories on this blog, and today I am honored to present a really remarkable tale of accomplishment. Ammar Jawad is a self-described political activist who experienced the power of social media firsthand while manning a highly influential Facebook page in the heat of the Arab Spring. He has gone from unemployed and struggling in Denmark to employed and successful in the UK in less than five years, and throughout his journey, he’s carried with him the inspiration of his mother’s example, who raised four boys while completing two Master’s degrees in Syria, then relocated to Denmark when she couldn’t find work in Syria. We were able to talk with Ammar recently, and we asked him about his journey. Here is what he so graciously shared with us:
My name is Stefanie Gross, and this is my Udacity Student Success story!
When I started the Intro to Programming Nanodegree program, I was in the middle of a full-time internship in Marketing and Corporate Communication in Frankfurt, Germany. It was just one of many internships I completed to ultimately help me find a job that I’m really passionate about.
Although the job situation in Germany is good, it usually takes some time for recent media graduates to get a foot in the door. There are just too many highly qualified applicants and too few positions available, so you have to find a way to stand out from the crowd.
I always try to learn new things and expand my horizons. But as it turns out, it’s quite difficult to find a company in Germany that supports that mentality. I don’t like the idea of feeling as if I’m stagnating. Unfortunately, with a 40-hour week during my internship and some freelancing on the side, there’s only so much time left in the week to take up new challenges.