“I wanted to be a successful mother and a career woman” – Rehab Emam | Student Story

It’s not uncommon for women to sacrifice their careers and dreams after becoming a mother. Many women leave the workforce on their own volition, while others are pressured to leave due to societal or familial pressures. 

Here’s a story of one such mother who wanted “more from her motherhood.”  Rehab Emam is a mother of two who lives in  Egypt— where only 20% of the labor force is female — had an inspiring journey to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a programmer.

“I wanted to be a successful mother and a career woman” - Rehab Emam | Student Story


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Is it the Right Time to Kickstart Your Career Transition?

Last year disrupted professional career goals for many people across the globe. Transitioning into a new field of work seemed scary during the pandemic. For some, it didn’t make sense to move from a secure job that offered seniority, to starting at the bottom of a brand new career. 

But it’s also times like these when we’re pushed to think outside of our comfort zone and ask ourselves bigger questions like what kind of job will bring satisfaction and challenges.

If you want to take a leap towards a more rewarding career then you’re  not alone. According to Kaspersky’s Securing the Future of Work report, 35 percent of employees are thinking of switching to a new job in 2021. In fact, one in four women are considering a new career path as a result of the pandemic, according to a recent MetLife survey.

As some businesses begin hiring again, this could be a good time to kickstart your career transition. Here are some steps to consider if you want to transition your career:



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Five Applications for AI in the Workplace

Artificial Intelligence is not just a fancy buzzword anymore. And despite all the gloom and doom predictions about AI taking over human’s jobs, AI in workplaces is becoming mainstream at a really fast pace. 

According to the NewVantage Survey, 2020, more than 9 out of 10 leading businesses have an ongoing investment in AI. In fact, according to Gartner, despite shortage of talent, the percentage of enterprises employing AI technology grew 270 percent between 2015 and 2019.

Does that mean AI is here to take human jobs? Well, it depends on which jobs you are talking about. Artificial Intelligence will certainly replace some jobs while others will stick around.

Harvard Business Review believes that AI will just replace some menial and repetitive jobs and allow humans to take up more complex tasks resulting in augmenting human capabilities, and not replacing them. Here are five applications for AI in the workplace that will streamline work for the company and for its employees.

Five Applications for AI in the Workplace


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The Autonomous Tech Dreams of the 14-year-old Sri Anumakonda | Student Story

The future of work and self driving car technology has become more than a buzzword among tech enthusiasts. If you think self-driving cars are still in the future then think again —  they are very much part of the present.

Sri Anumakonda is a 14-year-old high school student who has been learning about Machine Learning over the last year. At an early age, he knew he had a passion for autonomous systems and he is quite serious about it.

“I started my journey in autonomous vehicles with Udacity’s free Tensorflow courses. As part of these courses, I’ve built multiple projects for detecting skin cancer, detecting pneumonia, detecting distracted driving (I even put it in [a] car!) and made a lane detection model in the CARLA simulator.

“After that, I [became] passionate about autonomous vehicles but I did not know where to start. That’s exactly where Udacity came in. I started off with the Intro to Self Driving Cars Nanodegree program. I graduated from the Nanodegree program in three weeks. 

“But, I did not want to stop there. I’m currently working on the Self Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program and have already finished the lane detection and the advanced lane detection projects within a matter of a few days.”



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Case Study: Intel Partners with Udacity to Close the Edge AI Skills Gap

The global Edge AI market — driven by growing enterprise workloads on the cloud and fast growth in the number of intelligent applications — is expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 20.3% and predicted to reach $2.2 billion by 2027.

Though the Edge AI market is growing at a rapid pace, there is an acute shortage of skilled talent to fill in this gap. Intel identified this challenge and wanted to build a workforce that will keep them at the forefront of the Edge computing technology. 

So in order to equip developers with Edge AI skills, Intel partnered with Udacity to launch the Intel Edge AI Scholarship program with Udacity in 2019. 

Intel Case Study

Read this case study to know how Intel and Udacity upskilled students worldwide on building and deploying AI models at the Edge.

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Employee Training: What Your Employees Should Learn Today

Henry Ford once said, “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.” 

As global economies try to mitigate the employment displacement caused by COVID-19 and technological advancements, training has become more important than ever. As adoption of technology increases, the World Economic Forum estimates that 50% of employees will need to be reskilled by 2025.

But the question remains, as business leaders continue to focus on rapid digital transformation and the expansion of remote work, what should your employees be learning to prepare them for the future of work and to increase productivity and profitability for your organization. 

Employee Training: What Your Employees Should Learn Today


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Four Students Who Changed Their Lives With Our Pledge to Equality Scholarship

Last year, we launched our Pledge to Equality scholarship to help create equitable opportunities for underrepresented communities — starting with the Black community. As part of the initiative, we pledged 1,000 scholarships to increase diversity in workplaces by providing access to in-demand, practical skills that tech companies look for today.

And as we complete the first leg of the scholarship program, we are delighted to share that not only did we offer our Nanodegree programs to as many as 750 students, we also connected these students to companies like AnyScale, Blacks in Technology (BIT), Cardinal E-Commerce, Collective Health, Emerson Collective, StreetCode and Udacity itself through a virtual career fair.

We are proud to see how we have been instrumental in changing the lives of so many students. Last week we featured the story of Ramona Saintandre, a proud 50-year-old trailblazer. 

In this blog, we will highlight four more inspirational students who are ready to take on new roles in the technology industry after completing the scholarship program.



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