Introducing Nanodegree Program Learning Plans

Start off strong, stay on track, and achieve your learning goals!

At Udacity, our goal is to inspire you to reach your career and learning goals. To achieve this, we are constantly working to understand how to support our students to find success in their Nanodegree programs.

By analyzing anonymized aggregate data about how much time our thousands of students spend in the classroom, we’ve learned something important. Those who kick off their learning with at least five hours in the classroom in each of their first two weeks are more likely to complete their projects on schedule and graduate. Though each Nanodegree program is different—requiring slightly more or less time for the average student to complete—we’ve seen that spending five hours in the first two weeks is the sweet spot for Nanodegree program completion.

To help you start off strong during this critical two-week period—and to give you clear first steps to complete those five hours in the classroom—we have launched a new feature: Nanodegree Program Learning Plans.

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This Engineer Learned Front-End Development to Demonstrate the Value of Lifelong Learning

Andrew Huschka - Udacity - Lifelong Learning - HeroWhen Andrew Huschka enrolled in Udacity’s Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree program, he wasn’t aiming to get a promotion or change careers. But he did have something to prove. To himself, and to a special group of students at his alma mater. We spoke with Andrew to learn more about how his Nanodegree program experience enabled him to contribute to an amazing project.

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Mindset Matters: Making The Most of Intersect 2018

From on-site interviews to learning workshops to our hiring partner showcase, Intersect 2018 offers an incredible experience, no matter where you are along your career path.  

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There are as many reasons to attend Intersect 2018 as there will be people who attend. Lifelong learning knows no age or stage, and everyone with a passion for self-empowerment through learning will derive value from the event. That said, the conference offers special rewards for those with an eye towards career advancement.

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Intersect 2018 Speaker Panels: Revealed!

Intersect 2018 is a celebration of Lifelong Learning, and the conference gathers together some of the most inspiring and influential speakers in the world. Early bird tickets are available through February 28.

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The pursuit of lifelong learning happens on two levels—the practical, and the aspirational. At the practical level, it’s about always having new goals, taking on new challenges, and going after new opportunities. At the aspirational level, it’s about nothing less than personal and professional transformation. It’s about constantly remaking yourself in an evolving image of your best self.

Udacity’s Intersect 2018 conference celebrates lifelong learning at both these levels. From hiring partner interviews to informative breakout sessions to providing professional headshots for your career profile, we want to support the practical steps you take to advance your life and career. Simultaneously, we are presenting some of the most innovative, inspiring, and influential speakers in the world, who come to this conference with the express goal of igniting within you the passion to transform yourself, your career, and the world around you.

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The Champion Spirit

Udacity Lifelong Learners Go For Learning Gold. Challenge Yourself Today!

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The champion spirit knows no boundaries. It doesn’t live only on the field, the ice, the slopes. It takes root in the hearts of people from all walks of life. Wherever there is someone pursuing their personal best, taking on the biggest challenges, and striving to achieve more, that’s where you’ll find the champion spirit. From Architects to Zoologists, the champion spirit informs the work of every single person who strives to excel.

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Discovering VR in Kenya, With Udacity

This lifelong learner started in Kenya, graduated from Yale, and then she discovered Virtual Reality with Udacity!

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With Udacity’s Intersect 2018 conference fast approaching, everyone here is abuzz with this year’s theme: Lifelong Learning. So you can imagine our excitement when we spoke to Michelle Mboya, a student who described herself as a “chronic lifelong learner” within the first minutes of talking to her! Michelle is one of life’s “doers.” She is proactive in pursuing things that interest her, and relentless in learning new skills. As her experience will show you, this approach to learning opens up new opportunities and career paths, even when you’re still working out which path you want to take.

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Practical Lifelong Learning

By learning new digital marketing skills, this Udacity student was able to break new career ground for herself … at her current company! Here’s why they created a new role, just for her.

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Meet Kat Halo. She works as a medical assistant in a prominent dermatology office; a career she was inspired to pursue after seeing the incredible care her father received throughout his battle with cancer. She loves the experience of supporting and caring for her patients, but she’s also been wrestling with a growing need for more creative fulfillment. Her partner works in marketing analytics, and she’s been curious about his projects. When her office started investing in some digital marketing efforts, she recognized an opportunity:

“I started paying close attention to how these new marketing initiatives were being conducted, and I continually found myself thinking, ‘I bet I could do this!’”

The marketing budget was already allocated to another provider, however, but that didn’t stop Kat. She decided to learn the skills on her own:

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