Have you ever thought about a career change, then talked yourself out of it because it didn’t seem possible given your other commitments? It’s easy to do when you’re managing so many other demands—families to care for, bills to pay, personal challenges to overcome. But these demands don’t have to stop you! Mike Farrelly’s story will show you that you career change IS possible, as long as you have a solid plan and you’re prepared to work to find your ideal role.
The pace of change in fields such as Deep Learning and AI is incredible, and professionals at every level of experience have to maintain a commitment to ongoing learning if they’re to remain successful. To rest on one’s laurels is to fall behind, and this is as true of senior executives as it is of new-entrants.
Denis Sutherland is VP of Strategy and Technology at a company working on high-tech satellites, and he has more than two decades of experience in the telecoms sector. By all measures he’s a very successful tech professional, yet when it came time to lead his company’s new technical strategy, he didn’t hesitate to return to the classroom. He knew he needed a more robust understanding of AI, so he enrolled in Udacity’s Deep Learning Nanodegree program.
We spoke with Denis to learn more about his experience in the program, and how it enabled him to perform his own role better. We were also eager to get his thoughts on the value of a Nanodegree credential, as someone with responsibility for recruiting technical people himself.
When 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.
After graduating from Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program, Han Bin Lee and a group of fellow alums founded a self-driving car company in Seoul, South Korea. Now, they’re ready to hire more Udacity grads!
As a new Nanodegree program student, you start to feel the power of community right away. Your fellow students make introductions, experiences are shared, the questions start rolling in, and the innovative answers come fast and furious. It’s exhilarating, and it doesn’t stop. While it may be uncommon for incoming students to cite community as their motivator for starting a Nanodegree program, virtually every Udacity graduate singles community out as a highlight of their experience.
We love this! We love witnessing the birth of a new community at the start of a term, we love seeing bonds and connections develop as a term progresses, and we especially love it when those connections carry on past graduation.
Han Bin Lee is a graduate of Udacity’s Self Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program, and he and a group of fellow alums have some exciting news to share—they are the founders of a promising new self-driving car company in Seoul, South Korea! They’ve already signed up their first customers for their Lidar software, and now they’re looking for other Udacity graduates to join their team.
You never know when your guardian angel will show up. But more often than not, they show up at the right place at the right time. Amaury Gonzalez — a Udacity student hoping to break into digital marketing — encountered his while driving his Uber.
Amaury had been driving Uber, when one of his passengers turned out to be his future boss. He had often received the “great conversation” badge from his passengers, but little did he know that one of those conversations could get him a job as a SEO specialist at BOLD.