One Udacity Student’s Journey From an Uber Driver to an SEO Specialist

You never know when your guardian angel will show up. But more often than not, they show up at the right place at the right time.  Amaury Gonzalez — a Udacity student hoping to break into digital marketing —  encountered his while driving his Uber.

Amaury had been driving Uber, when one of his passengers turned out to be his future boss. He had often received the “great conversation” badge from his passengers, but little did he know that one of those conversations could get him a job as a SEO specialist at BOLD.

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Udacity Grads Use Deep Learning to Create a ‘New Normal’ in the Healthcare Sector

It’s said that “modern problems require modern solutions.” This becomes more relevant in the age of COVID-19 when the world has come to a standstill and everyone is living a new normal. 

When it comes to Udacity grads, they take this adage very seriously. In one of our previous stories, we featured Tiago who is making working from home easier through his web App – crushingWFH

In this post, we will profile two Udacity Alums —  Axel and Richard —  who are using deep-learning capabilities to innovate the healthcare sector.

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Online Learning Trends in the United States: Which Nanodegree Programs are Popular Where?

If 2020 were a movie, it would be a nail-biting thriller. The kind of movie that is rife with twists and turns. But 2020 has been as real as it can get. And despite all of the unforeseen events that unfolded this year, people have shown that they can be resourceful, resilient and innovative.

In fact, while the year posed many challenges, it also led to the adoption of new habits and trends. One of these was the explosion of online learning during 2020. While millions of people around the world lost their jobs, many also decided to upskill themselves to prepare for the post-Covid world.

At Udacity, we witnessed a surge in the enrollment for our Nanodegree programs in 2020. These trends not only show the interest areas of our learners but also the trends that will guide the job market. Keeping this in mind, we decided to share some of these trends with you.

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Udacity Student Story: Keith Sun Turns COVID-driven Uncertainty Into an Opportunity

Just like millions of other workers around the world, Keith Sun was facing career uncertainty due to COVID-19

He works as a career services professional for the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati and wanted to improve his resume by topping it with professional skill-sets. 

“I was facing a summer where a furlough or employment termination was a real possibility,” shared Keith. “Given COVID-19 and [stay-at-home orders], I was suddenly given an ample amount of time for online courses. Because of the charitable generosity of Udacity’s free first month promotion, I decided this was a great time to learn the latest skills online. So I enrolled in the Digital Marketing Nanodegree program. I enjoyed learning on Udacity’s platform so much that I wanted to pursue additional programs which led me to finish the Business Analytics Nanodegree program as well,” he shared.

Watch Keith Sun’s full interview here.

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From a Waiter at Denny’s to a Software Engineer at Microsoft : Student Story

If you meet Francisco Gutierrez today, you’d think that he has always had it made. He has two lovely daughters, a great job as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. However, that journey was not without its challenges.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Francisco worked at Denny’s as a waiter for more than 13 years. But, after his second daughter was born he decided to make a radical career change that would alter his professional life. “The restaurant money was enough to pay the bills but not what I wanted to do,” said Francisco. 

Watch this video for Francisco’s complete story.

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End-to-End Udacity Journey: From Nanodegree to a Job

Since Udacity’s inception, our mission has been to train the world’s workforce in the careers of the future. Hundreds of thousands of students have graduated from Udacity programs since we launched in 2011. Qualified professionals are always in high demand and we’re here to help students get the skills they need for the job they want. 

Of the over 128,000 students who have completed a Nanodegree program through Udacity, 73% who signed up with the intention of advancing their career reported a favorable career outcome, according to a 2020 survey of our graduates. What’s more, 50% percent of graduates who signed up with the intention of advancing their careers received a 33% median increase in pay.

Our students’ achievements are a constant source of inspiration around here. But just how did those students go from the online classroom to a tangible job? 

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