I have been working as a Software Engineer for most of my 15-year career in technology. I progressed from embedded software development, to full-stack web and database development, to cloud-native application development and DevOps. Currently, my work focuses on cloud AI development and data engineering.
In 2015, I was searching for cost-effective ways to advance my career. I firmly believed that machine learning and AI skills were the most coveted and critical digital skills – in addition to cloud and software development. Since I already had extensive software development experience, I focused my development plan on expanding my skillset in data science, machine learning (ML) and AI.
Today, 30 million people have lost their jobs in the United States. This terrible reality isn’t just a tough pill to swallow, it’s creating a tremendous amount of uncertainty about the future of work. COVID-19 has in many ways sped up the inevitable dismantling of millions of jobs due to technological efficiencies, but the good news is that technology is only as powerful as the people that use it.
For 26-year-old Deepashree Gurumurthy, the current pandemic posed great challenges to her career. After working as a Computer Vision Engineer for three years in Boston — like millions of others — she lost her job due to the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the oil sector.
What did she do next? “I felt it would be a great time to get back to my basics with a quick review of my learning,” she said.
Graduating from a Nanodegree program is no small feat and definitely an accomplishment worth celebrating. One of our students, David Hundley, has recently graduated from his 10th Nanodegree program, and is now working on his 11th!
In just over a year, he was able to use the skills he learned across different Nanodegree Programs to transition into a Machine Learning Engineer role. Here’s David’s story:
One of the best ways to pick up a new skill is by doing it. But in the past, you may not have had the time to learn a new skill.
Today, there’s never been a better time to learn something new. Stay-at-home or quarantine orders have provided you with an opportunity to learn a new skill that will help secure a better, higher-paying job.
Udacity offers thorough projects that can be completed in 30 days and gives you the skills needed to move into a new career.
Now that summer is in full swing and the kids are out of school, many parents find themselves scrambling for ideas on what to do together as a family—projects that capture a diverse set of interests and maturity levels, as well as activities that strike that ideal balance between educational and fun.
It makes sense for parents to want to include their kids in activities and interests they can share and—good news—there are a ton of resources out there for introducing your kiddo to tech. Sure, you can definitely spark an interest in programming, but even if your child doesn’t grow up to be the next Steve Jobs, learning to love learning, think critically, and stay curious (just like mom and dad) will help your kids succeed in any field they may choose to focus on.