5 Steps to Take After Graduating With Your Nanodegree

According to CompTia, over 3.9 million employer job postings for tech job openings during 2020, with over 20% occurring in emerging tech roles or skills. Even after completing your Nanodegree, there are several steps you need to take to land your first full-time job. 

Get Your Nanodegree

Though many of us have daydreamed about what it would be like to work at a tech company, the truth is that not all tech workers have a degree in computer science or programming. Even with a degree, getting a job can be challenging, so another option is to get a Nanodegree from Udacity. It’s one thing to start your Nanodegree; it’s another thing to finish it. Make sure to implement the tools within your Nanodegree program to make sure you connect with the right resources to help you complete it. 

Apply to Jobs With Recruiters

If you’re a newcomer to tech, it’s challenging to find a job without experience. But the good news is that there are many recruiters specifically focused on finding jobs for new programmers. They make their money by finding employers who need employees and then matching them with the right people. The first step of this process is to apply directly through the company’s website. Then connect with recruiters on LinkedIn that are from that particular company. 

Become an Intern or an Apprentice 

Unavoidable in the tech industry, internships provide a valuable opportunity for students to gain experience in their field. The long-term sacrifice of six months won’t seem like such a loss when you’re finally employed and earning your own money. It can be initially disappointing if you find out that you don’t have enough experience or education. It’s a practical step you can take to help you buffer your job search

Build Your Portfolio

You need to demonstrate your skills in the area you’re applying for. If you don’t have any projects yet, create some. If you do, make sure they’re polished and of high quality. You can also get portfolio feedback from respected developers by reaching out to them via LinkedIn or Twitter.

Network with People 

Your network is your most powerful asset. Work your personal and professional contacts and introduce yourself to people with connections and influence in tech. Start with a quick scan of your social media networks for anyone in IT, or search LinkedIn for people in IT companies. Send an introductory email explaining who you are and why you’re reaching out. You can also tell them your story – why you’re interested, what skills you have that might be applicable, as well as how they can help. Get on their radar as early as possible, so it won’t be such a stretch when the time comes for them to extend a referral your way. 

Own Your Professional Development

In tech, you’ll find that it is challenging to learn everything at once. Tech is an interdisciplinary field with so many opportunities to learn from different sources. In an article titled, Design Thinking and Career Exploration, Product Manager Nourhan Shabaan, details the importance of design thinking and career exploration. According to Shaaban, there is a similarity between how the design process is mapped out and how you think about your career. 

Recruiters and hiring managers will be eager to fill vacant positions and if you’ve completed your Product Manager, Front End Developer, and Digital Marketing Nanodegrees. After completing the above prep work beforehand—you’ll be armed with the skills and knowledge necessary to land a job in the tech industry. 

Eraina Ferguson
Eraina Ferguson
Eraina Ferguson is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Udacity. Her recent monologue, Listen to Her, was read by actress Marla Gibbs and featured at the WACO Theatre’s 50in50 event. Her writing has been featured on NBC Universal, Red Tricycle, LA Parents Magazine, and the LA Times. Eraina lives in California with her husband and children.