Around the world, we look to the government to solve some of our biggest problems — but our best intentions to innovate are often cut down to size as we get mired in the details. Despite the government’s ability to provide resources that include infrastructure, healthcare, and industrial developments, innovation can be stymied by bureaucratic processes and red tape.
Enter COVID. As the pandemic spread like wildfire across the globe and millions of people lost their lives and livelihoods, innovation became more necessary.
Prior to COVID’s proliferation, increased automation displaced several workers in manufacturing, transportation and hospitality — eliminating jobs that just won’t come back.
Mass unemployment caused by the pandemic coupled with the advancement in automation, hastened the need for policy makers to quickly give their constituents access to skills that will get people back to work — especially in the jobs of the future.
So what’s the best way to get workers with the technical skills you need while keeping everyone happy and not breaking the bank? Upskill your current employees.
If you don’t already have training as a part of your company culture, establishing an upskill strategy may sound a little intimidating. Have no fear. A recent PwC study shows that despite challenges like management buy-in, employee engagement and budgetary approvals, over 70% of employees typically want to upskill, either to be more innovative at work or increase their status.
Giving the people what they want — opportunities to upskill on the job (and better yet, letting them lead the way) — is the key to a successful enterprise upskill strategy.
Here are five strategies for leading an enterprise upskill for your team.
Java is one of the leading programming languages today, and in an effort to create a qualified pipeline of professionals to take on these roles, Udacity is launching the Java Programming Nanodegree program.
This program truly stands out from other Java development courses because not only does it cover the basics of coding in Java, students will also walk away with a fully functional Java-based app — covering everything from design to testing and deployment — to show future employers.
As for the demand for Java developers, it stays at a very high level year after year. According to a recent report by analytical company Burning Glass, Java Developer is one of the most common tech occupations in the U.S., with a total number of open job postings nearly reaching 4,000 in February 2020 in the U.S. alone.
The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the toughest in recent history. As countries worked to fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, global economies started to dwindle. This led to rampant unemployment and an immediate need for instant reskilling and upskilling.
We’re proud to say that we helped more than 60,000 aspiring students globally through various scholarship programs this year. Out of these students, around 4,000 have been offered a full scholarship to our Nanodegree programs.
Udacity signs the White House Pledge to America’s Workers, funding 100,000 tech and analytics scholarships for workers in the United States.
Today, Udacity is announcing our Pledge to America’s Workers. Over the next five years, we will fund 100,000 Udacity tech and analytics scholarships for workers in the United States, collaborating with local leaders and private sector businesses to support workforce development and build local learning communities. Udacity’s scholarships will equip America’s workers with the skills they need to succeed in high-paying, future-proof careers in fields such as front-end web development, mobile app development, and data analytics.
In September 2017, Lyft and Udacity announced the Lyft-Udacity Scholarship Program, a joint program dedicated to increasing diversity in the field of self-driving cars, and helping people take that first step to becoming a self-driving car engineer. Over 8,000 people from around the world applied for the 400 available scholarships to Udacity’s Intro to Self-Driving Car Nanodegree program.
According to a recent Boston Consulting Group study, partially autonomous cars will be available in large numbers by next year with the biggest growth in the next two decades. By 2025, the market for partially and fully autonomous vehicles is estimated at $42 billion (and $77 billion by 2035). According to Catalyst, however, women held only 26.7% of jobs in the motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturing industry in 2017.
Diversity is crucial for creating solutions that serve everyone. That’s why Udacity and Lyft partnered to create these scholarships specifically targeted to communities that are underrepresented in technology industry roles. The 400 scholarship winners came from more than 30 countries, including Bolivia, Cameroon and Bangladesh, 29% identified as Black or African American, another 29% identified as Hispanic or Latinx, 19% considered themselves a member of the LGBTQ community, and over 40% were women.
In honor of International Women’s Day–a day to raise awareness on women’s rights and equality–we would like to highlight a few of the exceptional women, their personal journeys to success and how they are inspiring change in autonomous systems tech.
These are their stories.
Meya: Recent College-Grad Lands Job as Software Application Engineer at Workday
Meya completed the the Lyft-Udacity Scholarship as she was finishing up her degree in Computer Science at California State University, Monterey Bay. As a student, she interned at the Space Systems Lab of the Naval Postgraduate School, where she programmed a High Altitude Balloon payload using a Raspberry Pi and Python. While she felt comfortable working in an academic setting, learning with Udacity taught Meya what it takes to succeed in a technical business environment: She learned how to review code, collaborate on Slack, and most importantly, solve problems independently. She graduated from college in May 2018 and started a new job as a software developer in July. “The interviewers were really impressed with my Intro to Self-Driving Car Nanodegree, especially my GitHub profile and portfolio of projects,” she said. “It was a real differentiator.” As a next career step, Meya plans to enroll in Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Nanodegree program in order to transition into a role with more machine learning and computer vision skills.
Ibrahim wanted to pursue Computer Science engineering but he could not because of his deteriorating health as an MS patient. His physical disability couldn’t stop him from learning and thus he enrolled for Udacity’s Front-End Nanodegree program. Today, Ibrahim is proudly working with a software company as a web developer.