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Student Story: Nikitha Gullapalli’s Journey of Self-Discovery—Baking, Gaming, Android Development and More…

A career in tech was just one of the options that  29-year-old Nikitha Gullapalli was exploring on her journey to  self-discovery.

Originally from India, Nikitha earned a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida. She immediately got a job in her  field, but after working as an engineer for four years she realized it wasn’t as fulfilling as she had hoped it would be. 

Exploring the Uncharted Territories

“When you graduate the prize is a job, when in reality the prize is the right job,” said Nikitha. So in early 2020, Nikitha left her job as an engineer with two dreams. One was to go to London to study to be a pastry chef and the other was to become an Android Developer. 

It was an opportunity to sit back and evaluate her own happiness and priorities.. So she left for Londonto pursue training as a pastry chef at a globally renowned baking school. 

“But due to COVID-19 the school closed, and I had to return to San Jose. Luckily, within three months at the school, I had realized that I didn’t want to work as a pastry chef, but I desired to complete the course and come away with the skills I learned.” 

“Unfortunately, I was unable to do so. But if I could, I would have gone back to the pastry school to complete the course,” she shared.

Finding Herself with Udacity

Simultaneously, she had enrolled in our Virtual Reality Nanodegree program (now discontinued) because she wanted to try game development. Later, she enrolled in the Android Basics by Google Nanodegree program and then topped it off  with an advanced Nanodegree program in Android Development — finally finding her true calling.

When she returned to San Jose, she was able to get a job working as an Android Developer for a healthcare company. “I was able to learn what I can apply to my job. Like, you need to have really good debugging skills, and I improved that while learning. Everything was very relevant,” she said.

“I also learned how important it is to make things as much fun as possible. In the Nanodegree program, there were jokes that made the experience fun, enjoyable and that kept me motivated. I realized she needs light, fun things!” she added.

Start Your Journey to Becoming an Android Developer Now!

If you’re also confused about your future career prospects and considering  becoming an Android Developer, check out both our Android Basics by Google Nanodegree program and the advanced Android Kotlin Developer Nanodegree program.

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Ritika Pradhan
Ritika Pradhan
Ritika is the Content Manager at Udacity and is passionate about bringing inspirational student stories to light. When not talking to the amazing Udacity students, she can be found reading an article or watching a video on the internet.