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Udacity partners with McLaren, BMW and others to guarantee jobs for Nanodegree graduates

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Udacity’s nanodegrees have been gaining significant traction of late. The platform offers courses in niches such as Machine learning, Data Analysis and Self-driving cars. And the best thing about its nanodegrees is that they have a decent probability of landing you a job. The probability has just received a major boost as Udacity announced a partnership with 10 new hiring partners for graduates of its Autonomous car Nanodegree program.

Autonomous Car technology is a rapidly expanding niche. However, there are precious few platforms offering courses or training in the field — partially because the technology is still under development and partly because it is relatively new. That said though, there is a huge demand for engineers trained in the science and the demand is only expected to go up with time — as autonomous technologies occupy a more central stage in our lives.

Which is probably why Udacity came up with the novel idea of offering a nanodegree program in autonomous car technology. The program is 9 months long and is divided into three 12-week terms. Each of these terms can cost you around $800 each. So, the net price of getting a nanodegree from Udacity is about $2,400 in total. The course was unveiled just last month and takes students through several highly relevant topics such as deep learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, localization, controllers and so on — In short, things you need to start working on your own self-driving car.

Udacity has also put together an autonomous car of its own, that can be controlled remotely and be used by students to test out what they have learned. Udacity already has partnerships with some blue label companies including the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia and Didi Chuxing.

While the degree is none too cheap, Udacity’s courses are known for their industry based curriculum. Indeed, many of its graduates have already been receiving job offers from a variety of companies after just having completed a non-accredited certification from the platform.

Along the same drive comes the platform’s latest partnership with 10 new companies that are interested in hiring autonomous car engineers from its platform. The companies are:

  • BMW
  • McLaren Applied Technologies
  • NextEv
  • Local Motors
  • Elektrobit
  • HCL
  • Polysync
  • HERE
  • LeEco
  • AutonomouStuff

You probably recognize most, if not all of the names in the list. These companies are all top-notch corporate and tech entities. The fact that they are willing to hire Udacity’s nanodegree graduates is a pretty huge testament to the curriculum of the platform and speaks volumes about the hands on learning acquired by students. The course falls amongst some of the more complex programs present on the platform and requires students to have prior technical expertise.

Entering students should have a background in probability, statistics, and basic linear algebra, as well as prior experience with Python or another scripting language.

However, with a median salary of $138,ooo per annum (statistics by Udacity via Paysa) and a ceiling of over $200,ooo, the rewards are well worth the effort.

Interested? You can know more about the program and even enroll by visiting Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Enginner nanodegree.

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