What is a Udacity Nano Degree and Can it Help Your Career?


A Udacity nano degree gives you the latest tech skills fast.

Online courses, such as a Udacity nano degree, are a valuable tool in your career development. While traditional degree programs can take 3-4 years to finish, Udacity programs take a matter of months. And the programs are in the most in-demand tech skills out there.

What is a Udacity Nano Degree?

According to its website, Udacity partners with industry leaders and experts who understand what skills are in demand in the applicable job market.

Students take a course from instructors who are working in that industry and know what employers are looking for. Students perform project-based learning and build a portfolio to demonstrate their new skills to prospective employers.

The nano degree is called that because it takes months, not years to complete, assuming a 10-hour a week pace.

How Much Does a Udacity Nano Degree Cost?

Currently, Udacity is running a 50% off promotion. Then you take $50 off of that. You can also break up the payments into monthly ones using an Affirm repayment plan. Here is a snapshot of the course costs as of February 2020. You can choose to have access to the course for 4 months or pay as you go and have access for as long as you need.

Udacity Nano DegreeRegular
Price
Sale
Price
Affirm
Payment
Data Engineering$1,790 or
$399/mo
pay as you go
$845
$149 a month
pay as you go
$169/month
4 months of access
Robotics Software Engineer$1,432 or
$399/mo
pay as you go
$666
$149 a month
pay as you go
$167 a month
4 months of access
Full Stack Web Developer$1,432 or
$399/mo
pay as you go
$666
$149 a month
pay as you go
$167 a month
4 months of access
Marketing Analytics $1074
$399/mo
pay as you go
$487
$149 a month
pay as you go
$163 a month
3 months of access
Digital Marketer$1074
$399/mo
pay as you go
$487
$149 a month
pay as you go
$163 a month
3 months of access

What Do I Need to Have to Start an Udacity Nanodegree?

A Udacity nano degree can give your career a boost.

All you need is an internet connection and personal motivation to sign up and start studying. Many of the courses that Udacity offers require no experience. Browse online to see what courses appeal to your interests and skills.

Recommended Equipment for Udacity Courses

Browser Needed

  • The latest version of Chrome is strongly recommended but the programs run on Firefox, Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge. Most features, including Classroom, Knowledge, and Student Hub, are available on mobile.

Internet Speeds and Connectivity

  • Download: 2+ Mbps recommended; minimum 1 Mbps. 
  • Upload: 0.5 Mbps. 
  • Mobile Data: Reliable Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. 

Operating System Needed

  • PC: Windows 7 or higher with the latest updates installed (note: Internet Explorer is not supported). 
  • Mac: OS X 10.11 or higher with latest updates installed. 
  • Linux: Any recent distribution that has the supported browsers installed. 
  • Ubuntu: 17.10+ or 14.04 LTS+. 

Hardware Needs Vary by Course

Each course and program has its own specific hardware requirements in terms of processing power, hard drive space and any external hardware. Please refer to the program’s individual overview page for additional info. 

YouTube

You must have access to watch YouTube videos.

You’ll Need a Google Account

A Google account is required for Webcasts, one on one appointments, and exit interviews 

If you have a Gmail or YouTube account, that same login can be used to access all of Google’s features.

What Programs Does Udacity Offer?

The major areas of study are Programming and Development, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Science, Business, Autonomous Systems, and Career. Within these programs are several nano degree programs. The advantage of a Udacity nano degree program is you get the latest training to use in a few months, not a few years.

Sometimes the information taught in traditional degree programs is out of date, then by the time you are looking for a job 2-4 years later, the skills you learned are not relevant.

Other Considerations Before Taking an Online Course

Regard Online Courses as a Supplement.

Traditional degrees are mandatory for many professions. Be realistic about your qualifications. The Udacity nano degree is not from an accredited school and may not give you the credentials you need.

Research Local Options for Learning.

On-campus education still carries more weight and prestige than online options. Check out community colleges, local universities, and continuing education programs as well. If you live near a major college or university, you can talk to students and professors about their experience at the school.

Complete the Program.

Online courses have extremely high dropout rates. Just by fulfilling all the requirements of an online class, you’ll demonstrate how well you can manage time and pursue your goals.

You can cancel and unenroll from your Udacity nano degree program within the first 7 days from your first month’s subscription purchase date in order to be eligible for a full refund. Only one refund may be granted per student per nano degree program.

You may cancel your subscription at any time after this 7-day refund period and you will not be charged again after the billing period in which you canceled. You will remain actively enrolled in the program until the end of this billing period. See the entire policy here.

Take Advantage of Career Services Offered.

Studies show that candidates who use multiple approaches to finding employment enjoy the highest success rates. While you’re studying online, remember to network, meet with a career counselor, take Udacity’s free resume refresh and cover letter writing course. You can also check out our job search resources such as a resume and cover letter writing checklist.

Tracey Lamphere

Tracey Lamphere, M.S. IMC is the editor of Job Affirmations, a publication that provides information and ideas to use mindfulness, positive affirmations, and visualizations to transform your career.

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