Companies that aren’t continuously reinventing their business – with data at the core – will end up watching from the sidelines while their market is disrupted. Data technologies, science, and processes are rewriting the rules of business and propelling organizations toward digital transformation.
The people with the most sought-after careers and impressive resumes will tell you that they didn’t get to where they are because of hard work alone. They also won’t solely credit it to skill, talent, or a great idea. Yes, all of those things play their part, but there’s another piece that’s just as vital to one’s professional success––mentorship.
You’ve done the research and landed on the perfect Nanodegree program. You’re eager to learn in-demand skills, build incredible projects, and gain an industry-valued Nanodegree. Now, it’s time to dive into your program and study.
The word “study” often brings about memories of dusty books, handfuls of hastily scribbled notes, and caffeinated sleepless nights cramming for a test. Fortunately, these are just the results of poor study habits and can be avoided.
People who regularly practice good study habits are shown to have a better ability to learn new skills and retain information, not to mention often having better job opportunities and advancements.
Traditionally, software development teams are split into two dedicated functions — Software Engineers and Operations/Information Technology (Ops/IT) Specialists. Software engineers were responsible for writing code to solve a customer problem. Once the code was ready, an Ops/IT professional would deploy it to production servers and monitor it to ensure everything was running smoothly. It’s easy to forget that there used to be physical networking equipment and servers for every project not so long ago. At the time, software groups were not equipped to handle the technical challenges of working with these physical devices.
These roles are now blurring with the adoption of cloud computing services, giving birth to a new discipline known as Developer Operations Engineering or DevOps. Using software as their main tool, DevOps engineers work on internal development problems. Similar to how a software engineer optimizes an algorithm, a DevOps engineer’s goal is to optimize the software engineering process. In other words, dedicated developers use software to solve customer problems and DevOps engineers use software to solve their team’s software engineering problems. Since the tools used by DevOps are usually code-based, it’s becoming a critical skill for any software developer.
At Udacity, students are our number one priority. We recently redesigned our Nanodegree programs and launched new services to help students master the skills necessary to advance their career. We’ve heard some great stories and are excited to share them with you.
This week, we’re featuring a student who not only leveraged what he learned to innovate at his company, but also inspired others to enroll in Nanodegree programs so that they too could add significant value to their careers. Sundar Krishnan is a lead data scientist at Comcast who took Udacity’s Deep Learning Nanodegree program to develop a new skill set. He also inspired the creation of a “no-meeting” day, which enables employees to invest time in learning. Let’s hear more about his experience in the program.
At Udacity, our students are at the heart of everything we do. It’s the reason we’re here, and their success is our number one priority. That’s why we’re constantly finding new ways to innovate and make our programs stronger. In order to help our students master in-demand skills more effectively, we recently launched new support features for our Nanodegree programs. In our latest series, we’ve been highlighting students from all over the globe who have had this new experience.
In this week’s feature, we spoke with another student enrolled in one of our redesigned Nanodegree programs. Felix Palomares is a software engineer in the casino gaming industry who enrolled in the Robotics Software Engineer Nanodegree program to live out his childhood dream. He took some time out of his busy schedule to share his experience with us.
At Udacity, we are constantly investing in new ways to add more value to our programs so our students can be successful. Recently, we redesigned our Nanodegree programs and launched new features to help our students master the skills needed to be competitive and advance their careers.
Today, we have the privilege of speaking with one of our multi-Nanodegree program veterans, Sanjeev Yadav. He is currently enrolled in one of our recently redesigned Nanodegree programs and has completed five Nanodegree programs in the last two years. He was eager to share his experience with us.