Earning Greatness: Udacity Talks Welcomes Anand Rajaraman!

Anand Rajaraman Udacity Talks

Anand Rajaraman has seen the startup world from pretty much every angle, and particularly when it comes to mainstreaming innovative technologies, there are few people with more experience and knowledge. We’re so excited to have him join us for the next episode of Udacity Talks, and we look forward to hearing Sebastian Thrun deliver your questions to Anand throughout the episode!

Anand Rajaraman joins us for Episode 5 of Udacity Talks on Friday, August 26th, at 11AM PDT. RSVP now, and send in your questions via the link in your confirmation email.

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Returning To The Workforce

Udacity supports students from a variety of backgrounds, including many who are returning to the workforce. Today we highlight the career story of Kate Rotondo, an iOS Nanodegree Course Manager here at Udacity. After taking 5 years off to raise a family, Kate successfully overcame the challenges of re-entering the job market. In our interview below, Kate details her journey, and offers her advice on how to maintain your skills, grow your network, and ace the interview cycle.

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Udacity at SXSW: Your Vote Counts!

SWSW PanelPicker

Why does Udacity want to speak at South by Southwest again this year? Because we’ve got a lot to say, and we want to spread the word about lifelong learning! We have so much to say in fact, that we’re proposing not one, not two, but EIGHT different SXSW panels! Will you help us get there?

It’s Panel Pickin’ Time, Austin-Style!

It all comes down to your votes. SXSW is a democracy of discovery, so it’s your input that will determine who gets to take their message to the streets of Austin, TX! If you haven’t done this before, SXSW has a feature on their website called the PanelPicker, and once you have a PanelPicker account, you get to vote on which panels you want to see at SXSW 2017.

To vote here’s all you need to do:

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Interviewless Hiring: Lowering Risk and Raising the Bar

PeeyushRanjan Flipkart Udacity

Imagine the scene. After rounds and rounds of applications—plus all the analysis, filtering, and ranking—the hiring committee finally convenes. The stakes are high, the need is real, and decisions need to be made. A question is asked, “Which ones do we bring in for an interview?” A brief moment of silence follows, then another voice counters, “No. Which ones do we want to HIRE?”

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Using Practical Empathy to Improve Product Design and Collaboration

Indi Young, Udacity Interview, Practical Empathy

In her latest book, Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work, Indi Young offers practical tips for developing deep listening skills. While conventional product design focuses on solutions, Indi recommends developing an empathic mindset to focus on people. By learning to listen deeply, you can go beneath the surface to understand the reasoning, reactions, and guiding principles that influence people’s behaviors, thinking patterns, and perspectives.

I spoke with Indi Young to learn about practical empathy, and to explore how Udacity students can use deep understanding to make better decisions, improve product design strategies, and collaborate more successfully.

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Constantly Learning: The Lauren Smith Story

Lauren Smith, Udacity, Student Success

Career change is a daunting undertaking. It often involves a great deal of risk, and always requires courage, self-confidence, and faith. Some of our favorite stories to share are those in which students bravely challenge themselves to embark on new journeys. Lauren Smith is a wonderful example of this, and we’re so excited to share her story with you today. Lauren very kindly took some time to chat with us, and her thoughtful answers offer great inspiration to anyone considering a new career.

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Six Skills for a Six-Figure Salary

Software Developer, Six-Figure Salary

If you’re certain you want a top-notch career, and you have your eyes set on a six-figure salary, but you aren’t sure which career is right for you, what’s the best way to move forward? Is it folly to shoot for salary when you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Not necessarily. The key is to pursue skills, not roles.

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