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Udacity and Google launch free online career courses

Google and Udacity have teamed up to offer 12 free career courses for young graduates, mid-career professionals and those re-entering the labor market. The duo tested the concept in March, when Udacity launched a “Networking for Career Success” course for 60,000 “Grow with Google“learners in Europe and the United States. The Grow with Google program is an initiative to help students and teachers, business leaders, job seekers, startupers and developers to improve themselves in this that they do.

Now 12 courses have been produced and the courses have been opened to everyone. Topics include:

  • Update your CV;
  • Create your cover letter;
  • Optimize your GitHub;
  • Strengthen your LinkedIn network and brand;
  • Data structures and algorithms in Python and Swift for technical interviews; and
  • Interview preparation for Data Science, Front-End, Android, VR, Full Stack and iOS.

While the shorter course (“Create Your Cover Letter”) takes about a day, the longer ones (“Data Structures and Algorithms”) require a four-week commitment. All are adapted to your pace, taught by industry professionals, include interactive quizzes and are accompanied by support via a student forum.

“From our industry partners, we have heard time and again that mastering ‘soft’ career-focused skills is a critical part of becoming fully employable, and it is these strategies and techniques that often differentiate one candidate from another when it comes to determining who ultimately gets hired, ”said Kathleen Mullaney, vice president of careers at Udacity, in a blog post. The new courses, she added, are intended “to help you find the right opportunity to put your skills to use.”

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is editor-in-chief of educational publications at 1105 Media The newspaper, Campus technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.



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