Udacity Student Story: Keith Sun Turns COVID-driven Uncertainty Into an Opportunity

Just like millions of other workers around the world, Keith Sun was facing career uncertainty due to COVID-19

He works as a career services professional for the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati and wanted to improve his resume by topping it with professional skill-sets. 

“I was facing a summer where a furlough or employment termination was a real possibility,” shared Keith. “Given COVID-19 and [stay-at-home orders], I was suddenly given an ample amount of time for online courses. Because of the charitable generosity of Udacity’s free first month promotion, I decided this was a great time to learn the latest skills online. So I enrolled in the Digital Marketing Nanodegree program. I enjoyed learning on Udacity’s platform so much that I wanted to pursue additional programs which led me to finish the Business Analytics Nanodegree program as well,” he shared.

Watch Keith Sun’s full interview here.

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From a Waiter at Denny’s to a Software Engineer at Microsoft : Student Story

If you meet Francisco Gutierrez today, you’d think that he has always had it made. He has two lovely daughters, a great job as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. However, that journey was not without its challenges.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Francisco worked at Denny’s as a waiter for more than 13 years. But, after his second daughter was born he decided to make a radical career change that would alter his professional life. “The restaurant money was enough to pay the bills but not what I wanted to do,” said Francisco. 

Watch this video for Francisco’s complete story.

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How the Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure Changed Students’ Lives (Part 2)

Education is all about transforming your life. And, sometimes all you need to change your world is a little wind beneath your wings. 

In our previous blog, we highlighted the journey of some of our students from the foundations course of the Machine Learning Scholarship program for Microsoft Azure. Whether it was the trailblazer Clarisse or the story of Ernita raising three children and while following her dreams, or Sara who is on her way to becoming a machine learning engineer — all these stories show that we all need just one right opportunity to change our lives. In this blog, we’ll focus on similar stories of passion and dedication for tech. 

So if you’re still considering enrolling for our latest Machine Learning Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program then read on!  

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End-to-End Udacity Journey: From Nanodegree to a Job

Since Udacity’s inception, our mission has been to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future. Hundreds of thousands of students have graduated from Udacity programs since we launched in 2011. Qualified professionals are always in high demand and we’re here to help students get the skills they need for the job they want. 

Of the over 128,000 students who have completed a Nanodegree program through Udacity, 73% who signed up with the intention of advancing their career reported a favorable career outcome, according to a 2020 survey of our graduates. What’s more, 50% percent of graduates who signed up with the intention of advancing their careers received a 33% median increase in pay.

Our students’ achievements are a constant source of inspiration around here. But just how did those students go from the online classroom to a tangible job? 

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How the Machine Learning Scholarship Program for Microsoft Azure Changed Students’ Lives (Part 1)

As a students-first organization, we strive to transform our learners’ lives every day. All of our Nanodegree programs and scholarships are guided by this one mission: To train the workforce in the careers of the future.

Our partnership with Microsoft aligned with this mission and we were thrilled to launch the Machine Learning Scholarship program for Microsoft Azure. Soon after we added the DevOps Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program and Developer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program

Little did we know that this partnership could positively impact the lives of so many students. We’re pleased to work with Microsoft on the Machine Learning Engineer for Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program, and we’re also inspired by the students that have used this opportunity to gain new skills. 

To celebrate our learners, we selected a handful of empowering stories from students who participated in the first phase of the scholarship program. And as you read these testimonials, we hope that you’re inspired to further your education — regardless of the program.

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Student Stories: Udacity’s Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree Program Scholarship Helps Students Get Into New Fields

At Udacity, we’re proud to launch scholarship programs, often in partnership with major tech companies, to support those learners who want access to new skills. And, our Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree Program Scholarship in collaboration with Nutanix was a welcome addition to our collection of programs.

In fact, as we launched the Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree program scholarship, we discovered that this program attracted really passionate students from across the globe, in different industries with different experiences. 

We want to celebrate these students as well as the launch of the Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree program, and share their experiences so that it may inspire others to reinvest in their education to be ready for the new world of work. 

Udacity’s Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree Program

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Udacity Grad Becomes a Full Professor at the Age of 30

Udacity AI for Robotics Alum : Patrick Glauner

Nothing makes us happier than our grads achieving their dreams. So when Patrick Glauner, a Udacity alum, reached out to us to let us know that he has become a full professor at the age of 30, we wanted to hear his story.

To quote his email to our founder, Sebastian Thrun, he said, “When I was finishing my undergrad in 2012, I took your AI for Robotics course on Udacity as I was curious to figure out what AI is. Your course really sparked my interest in AI. I subsequently decided to focus my career on topics in and around AI. Last month, I became a full professor at the age of 30 at [the] Deggendorf Institute of Technology in Bavaria, Germany.”

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