Where Can you Start?
Udacity has made a name for themselves, on the map for recruiters from all across the industry. They have been part of the worldwide web for over a decade, bringing online lectures and lessons to learners all across the globe. The online learning center has a content of all levels the hit on a wide range of topics both for free and for a fee. One thing that sets the academy apart is their nanodegrees, some of which were created in collaboration with top-notch companies in the business.
A nanodegree from Udacity is a certification program that is meant to cover a topic within IT. Using lectures, modules, and projects, these nanodegrees are meant to provide learners with all they need to break into the industry. Besides a certificate of completion, each nanodegree comes with extras that make them stand out in the crowd which include:
- Hands-on projects that mirror real industry issues
- A technical mentor
- Access to a community full of learners
- Access to the database with recruiters from top companies
- Career prep including mock interviews
- Self-paced learning
Alyssa is a full stack developer with a degree in International Communications. She’s picked up skills during her time in the industry, using them to help her deliver messages that hit home for learners. She leads with examples, showing how most of the skills taught in the course can be used in the real world. Her ability to reach learners from all over the world is a huge asset, one that sets her apart from other instructors.
Rachel is passionate about helping those in the field of IT, especially young girls. She is a front-end web developer that has years of experience including working as a developer for a Silicone Beach Bootcamp. You can sense her passion in her lectures, as she is excited to introduce learners to new concepts. She takes time to explain, in detail, techniques, and technology while guiding learners through their own hands-on experiences.
Andrew is a developer with a passion to educate. He hasn’t been in the field long but has already instructed learners on other platforms like App Academy. During his time with Udacity, he has developed and led courses of all levels, spreading the word of the power of code.
1st Project: Creating an Infographic
Topic Two: Functional Programming
2nd Project: Create a Dashboard a Mars Rover
This is an interesting project that will have you building a dashboard for both past and current NASA Mars Rovers. This device will be able to collect images and information about missions, using them to assist in development. Interact with real NASA APIs and build front end logic to create your dashboard.
Topic Three: Asynchronous Programming
Patterns are super useful in the world of programming, something that you will come to find in this section. From the most traditional to the most up to date methods used today, you’ll discover how asynchronous patterns help in the development of real-life applications. This section comes with a ton of hands-on practice, letting you finish up this section with a whole lot of practice to start your first job with confidence.
3rd Project: Build a Udaciracer Simulation Game
Using a partially constructed infrastructure for a game, you’ll construct and complete a single-player racing game. Work with callbacks, TODOs, Async/Await syntaxes, and more. Create your own theme and choose your colors and scheme using ideas from Nascar or horse racingto create a unique experience for your users. In the end, you will have created your own game that you can play whenever you like!
Three sections filled with fascinating information wrapped up by three hands-on projects sounds like a lot to take on. You’re probably wondering, “how long is this going to take?” Well, you might be surprised to know that Udacity estimates that, at just 10 hours a week, you could finish the course in as little as three months. Taking advantage of the opportunity to learn at your own pace, you could finish in more or less time depending on the free time you have to dedicate. But be careful, the longer you take the higher the course costs, possibly motivating you to finish a bit faster.
Udacity was designed with the idea to bring the ability to learn topics of IT to learners of all levels and all budgets. To make it possible, the online academy offers two ways to pay, both of which come with their ups and downs. Choosing the one that works best for you depends on your schedule and the time that you have to dedicate to learning these new and exciting topics.
Pay as you Go
When you pay as you go, you can take all the time in the world to finish the course. You’re given access per month, billed at the beginning, and able to access all content and Udacity perks for the full month. The thing about this way to pay is that each month comes with a price tag of €359. That means one month isn’t too bad but three to four is a bit on the expensive side for an online course.
Udacity’s Bundle Deal
There is a method to the estimated time of completion, helping Udacity put a price on their bundle deal. For three months of access paid upfront plus a 15% discount, you’ll pay €927. This is a good deal if you’re sure that it will take you three months flat to finish. Any time over three months and you’re looking at adding another month with the pay as you go price.
Both ways are great and suit learners depending on their goals and the free time that they have to dedicate to learning. Before signing up for the course, it could be useful to stop and think about how much time you’ll be dedicated to the course, helping you to choose the best option to get the best bang for your buck.
What Learner’s Say
This course is fairly new and is set to put out its first batch of graduates in early 2021. Overall, those that have reviewed the course have given it a positive rating, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Besides taking our word for it, here is what other learners had to say:
“Now, my second nanodegree is on React.js. Even though it’s my first week I already know that it is for intermediate to advanced uses. While the bar isn’t set too high you should know ES6, AJAX, higher-order functions, and of course scoping, callbacks, NPM, and more. It’s just assumed that you know it or will know it by the end of the course. They offer extra courses to get you up to speed but it’s extra work that isn’t built into the course.” – Ricky G.
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