This Three-Time Nanodegree Grad Loves His New Career in Tokyo

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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.

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Udacity Launches Free Career Courses

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Developed from a successful pilot with Google, these new courses help you go from learning to landing the job.

Udacity Launches Free Career Courses

Ever since we first launched Nanodegree programs back in 2014, my team has been helping students to achieve their career goals—to land rewarding jobs, secure valuable promotions, execute meaningful career changes, and earn higher salaries.

Connecting learning to jobs has been central to our mission from the start, and nearly 75% of our Nanodegree program students report coming to Udacity expressly to advance their careers. That is why we’re very excited to launch our new, free Udacity Career courses today, at a time of year when, all over the world, university students are graduating.

This next generation of talent will enter the job market possessing a diverse range of skills, but facing a lot of competition, and a rapidly-shifting hiring landscape. They’re going to need every resource they can get to make sure they’re able to compete successfully for available roles. They are not alone in benefitting from this kind of support. Mid-career professionals pursuing career change, older workers returning to the workforce, and anyone looking ahead to a job search, will find these courses valuable as well.

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This Tech VP Returned to the Classroom to Master Deep Learning with Udacity

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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.

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

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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.

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This Nanodegree Program Grad Wants To Hire Udacity Alumni!

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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!

Udacity Grad Han Bin Lee

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.

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SQL Distinct — Getting the Basics Down

Relational databases store information in tables — columns that are analogous to elements in a data structure and rows which are one instance of that data structure. In those cases where this data set contains duplicate values (like membership location by state or province) SQL Distinct traverses these data, filters them, and returns just one of each duplicated value (making it easy to determine, for example, the number of members living in each state). SQL Distinct evaluates the span of a particular set of values.

Starting With SQL Distinct

We start with a table of some of Charles Dickens’ characters and the novels in which they appear. This table is imagined not as an exhaustive index of every character but those most worth discovering; it’s a table of the most notable and memorable characters in Dickens’ oeuvre.



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Celebrating Black History Month and Alan Emtage — Search Engine Pioneer

Modern life — internet life — centers around finding information via search engines. Without clever algorithms searching and sorting ever-expanding web content we’d be figuratively in the dark. Research on “Black History Month” — as most topics — was done through several search engines. We owe the ubiquitous utility of search to Alan Emtage, from Barbados.

Whether your first search engine experience is Google, Ask Jeeves, Alta Vista, Yahoo!, Jughead, or Veronica, all of these owe their existence and success to Alan Emtage, a computer scientist who created Archie, a tool for discovering materials in the pre-web File Transfer Protocol (FTP) space of 1989; the World Wide Web wouldn’t be birthed until 1991.



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