My name is Jeff and I’m here to tell you how Udacity changed my life.
This is the story of how I benefited from the tech courses that Udacity offers and how I landed my first remote job thanks to the nanodegree I was able to finish on this platform in 3 months’ time.
So, what is Udacity?
Udacity, the online for-profit education platform, has been gaining a lot of traction in the past few years, thanks to its big collection of massive open online courses (MOOCs). The company’s aim since they were founded is to provide students with up-to-date practical knowledge that they can start using and applying immediately, something that I got to experience myself!
Although this platform isn’t the most diverse one currently on the Internet, it still is one of the best places to find courses related to tech. This is mostly thanks to their base location, which allowed them to partner up with Silicon Valley’s biggest players, such as Google, Facebook, Nvidia, and Amazon. Over the years, these partnerships have been playing a major role in how this platform was able to provide us with the most practical, accurate, and up-to-date tech courses that their own partners were hiring thanks to.
Can you use Udacity’s certificates to land a job?
In my experience, yes, I was able to! Although Udacity’s certificates are not credited nor can they be used to transfer credit to accredited educational institutions, a lot of tech companies highly value their courses and nanodegrees and highly recommend you go through a few of them. But that’s not all, since Udacity is already partnering up with big tech companies, the reason I landed my first remote job was thanks to the nanodegree that I got!
So, how does the website work?
I found it very simple studying on Udacity; the courses it provided were very easy to learn and were detailed enough to keep me interested and wanting to learn more. It was my first time learning anything online, and it wasn’t hard at all, although I had my doubts in the very beginning on whether I’d be able to focus and actually commit to it.
The first thing I did when I went on the website for the first time after I had heard some good reviews about it, of course, was I chose the course I wanted, paid the tuition fee (it’s very much worth it, you’ll see why), and I was learning new things before I even knew it.
As I mentioned earlier, the website has a ton of courses, but the tech-related ones are even more abundant. Not all courses are offered as nanodegrees, but you’ll find these degrees in pretty much every category they offer courses in.
How much does Udacity cost?
Udacity has over 242 programs and courses, from which 186 are completely free of charge.
Some nanodegree programs can be quite pricey, but Udacity solves that problem by allowing you to pay as you go. This means that you can pay for each month that you would like to have access to the course. Or, you can pay it monthly; meaning that you can have your tuition split into four months so that you can pay at your own pace.
The prices for each course or program differ depending on how difficult it was for them to put it together. Some nanodegree programs such as the Self Driving Car Engineer program can cost as much as $2000, and takes 6 months to finish.
How was my experience?
After I had been laid off from my marketing job, I was pretty much doomed since nobody was hiring because of the pandemic. Some friends of mine recommended I use the platform to learn a new skill or two to try and land a remote job. I was hesitant until I found out that a lot of tech companies highly value and trust the nanodegrees that Udacity grants.
I had some money saved up, and I used some of it to pay for the tuition. I chose the monthly plan, of course! I took a course in Data Product Management to add to my skills in the business department. The degree took me 3 months to finish, and I was lucky enough to find that Udacity was also offering me more support after I had finished the degree.
I was offered:
- A Personal Coaching Mentor that helped me in finding a job and making sure it is the one I want and am able to do.
- Interview Preparations that I am still thankful for as they showed me how to make the best out of a job interview.
- Resume Services. This is where they helped me create a resume and a cover letter that described me best and was customized for each job that I had applied for at the time.
- LinkedIn profile review. I wasn’t paying much attention to my LinkedIn profile, and I don’t think I had visited it since I first made my account, but I didn’t know that it needs a lot of work.
The Udacity community was one of the best things I was lucky enough to be part of. The support among students and the help I was able to get from people who were more experienced than I am have proven to be very beneficial for me as they helped me finish the program on time.
After finishing the nanodegree in Data Product Management, I started applying for jobs left and right. After a couple of weeks, I got an email back from a well-known company that specialized in the making and selling sports clothes.
I took the job interview and applied everything the team at Udacity has taught me. My interviewer was impressed and before I knew it, we were talking salary. By the third week, I had already started my new job as a data product manager. The job required me to use literally every single skill I have learned on the course, as well as my experience in marketing.