|Training To Advance Your Career|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Wednesday, 07 January 2015|
With the start of the New Year you may be thinking about a new direction for your career or even going it alone with a startup. Here's a round up of some training opportunities that could help plus a tempting offer.
Enrollment opens today, January 7th, for two of Udacity's Nanodegree programs - Front-End Web Developer and Data Analyst.
The Nanodegree program was announced last June as a career-oriented form of online education that takes into account the needs of both employers and prospective employees.
At their launch Sebastian Thrun describes a nanodegree as delivering:
a new kind of compact, hands-on, and flexible online curriculum. They are designed to help you effectively learn the most in-demand skills, when you need them, so that you can land your dream job.
Completing a nanodegree involves building a portfolio of five or more projects, each of which is backed by one or more Udacity course, and is expected to take between 6 and 12 months with a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Enrollment in the program costs $200 per month although there is a one-week free trial to let prospective students test out the following benefits:
The first nanodegree to be offered was Front-End Web Developer. It started in October but admission was by invitation only. Today it restarts and places on it will be limited.
Those who take part will will learn to build responsive websites optimized for security and performance and will work with their peers and advisers on the following six projects plus their preparatory classes:
As all projects are hosted on GitHub students are also advised to complete the 3-week course How to Use Git and GitHub. In addition to building a project portfolio, participants are helped to advance their career prospects by learning how to ace a technical job interview and by participating in code reviews.
The Data Analyst nanodegree consists of five projects each linked to a Udacity course as follows:
The next nanodegree, Full Stack Web Developer starts on February 4th and the only class so far available that you can follow in preparation for it is Programming Foundations with Python. Although of course How to Use Git and GitHub is also going to be useful.
More nanodegree programs are expected to come online during the year and also more industry partners, joining AT&T, Google, Facebook, MongoDB and more which are the current course collaborators.
If you don't want the commitment to six months or more work but fancy trying job-oriented online training Udemy currently has an attractive New Year's offer of $10 each for over 9,000 courses - click on the banner to access the offer while it lasts.
Another enticing offer comes from edX in conjunction with Amazon Web Services. If you complete and earn a verified certificate on either of the two MITx entrepreneurship courses taught by Bill Aulet, both of which are 12 weeks long and start on January 9th you can benefit from $1,000 in AWS credits valid for 2 years. The offer also includes
A minimum registration fee of $50 applies to both edX courses but if you are contemplating setting up a new business, this offer more than offsets that investment.
The course rubric for Entrepreneurship 101 - Who is your customer? states:
This is entrepreneurship – so don't expect a lecture. Every class session will be an in-depth and focused case study of MIT entrepreneurs from areas as diverse as mobile applications, 3D printing, power electronics, international development, and watchmaking.
● Identify prospective customers
Course assignments will be real-life exercises that will guide you through a series of concrete, practical, and effective steps that will help you make your idea very real.
In the follow on course, Entrepreneurship 102: What can you do for your customer? you look at creating a great product that will solve the customer’s problem.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2015 )|