In my opinion, Udacity is the best resource to learn mobile development, which I am so passionate about, but there is one more critical value which Udacity provides – Career Services. In this post I will try to summarise what career services Udacity provides and how they helped me personally.
Best of all Career Services are summarised by Kathleen Mullaney who is a Vice President in Careers at Udacity in her Linked In summary.
Udacity is not just about the education (which is, of course, hugely important), but it is also about helping the student to find companies who would appreciate their newly acquired skills.
Udacity has recently launched “Nanodegree Plus” program which, at the time of this writing, is only available in the United States. This program includes everything else a Nanodegree program does, plus, no pun intended, it promises to make a full refund of the tuition if the student would not find a job with a help of Udacity within 6 months of the graduation. That’s a pretty big promise if you ask me!
While getting technical skills, Nanodegree students would also learn how to create an effective Resume, Linked In and Github profile. Better still, students can submit their Resumes, Linked In and Github profiles to the career reviewers who would give their professional and personal feedback and students can re-submit their work as many times as required until it gets to the best possible shape.
Most of the work students have to do around their Nanodegrees is based on projects. So by the end of the course each of the students will have 4-5 applications or websites which they have personally built to put on their portfolio to demonstrate to the potential employers.
All of the students can participate in mockup interviews for the position they are interested in and get personal feedback on how they answered the questions.
Each of the students can create a profile in the Udacity’s directory which is reviewed by partner companies. In that profile students can specify whether there are looking for on premises or remote jobs as well as the freelance opportunities.
Udacity’s Career Resource Center
The Resource Center provides a lot of fantastic articles to help students who are looking for a job.
So what have I personally found the most useful?
Personally I think that gaining the technical knowledge was the most beneficial for me when I was looking for my last job, but I have also loved the fact that I had a portfolio of the applications which I could bring to the interview.