A new journey is beginning…
The end of this journey
As I wrote in the first post of this series, I was able to study DL Nanodegree thanks to successfully completing PyTorch Scholarship Challenge. I have already gone through several DL courses, so I could compare them to this Nanodegree. If we talk about theory, then I knew most of the things which were in the lessons, excluding GANs and model deployment. Still, I learned some new things and got a lot of practice. This helped me to improve my PyTorch skills and meet new people. On the other hand, this was entirely thanks to the free scholarship. Knowing what this course is about I’m not sure I’d pay for the Nanodegree by myself— the price it too high. Maybe if I could convince my company to pay for this course — then it would be okay, but it is too much for self-study when there are a lot of other great courses around.
Bonus part: career help
One of the cool things in Nanodegree is getting access to a career portal. We can read a lot of information, though I think most of these articles can be accessed freely. More important: we get 1 free review for resume, github, and linkedin.
In each case there is a series of short videos, showing main ideas, then we can make a submission. Each of these three things has sections which we should fulfill. Feedback shows these sections and commentaries about their fulfillment. I’m not sure I may share all of the info from this part, because it is technically not a part of Nanodegree and is separate, but I’ll provide some tips which I found interesting.
The shortest and most controversial for me is Github review. We can submit one repository, but we will get feedback both for the repo and the profile.
One of “requirements of good repos” is making commits at least every two weeks. Not sure this is really necessary. Also writing a readme for portfolio — not sure this is relevant
Adding bio is a good point, I should have done it myself. And in general, it is worth making the profile presentable with contact information and adequate avatar picture.
Writing good messages in commits… Well, of course, it is important, but you know how it goes ;)
The main idea of videos: you need to write a good summary to sell yourself, you need to work on expanding network and look for opportunities.
It is said that it is necessary to join at least 3 groups relevant to job search to see more opportunities and connect with relevant people also to follow at least a dozen (12) industry leaders, companies, and topics related to their search. Don’t agree with this
It is said that it is better to use bullet points to describe all jobs and projects that simple text. Yes, I think this is right.
Information about jobs should include concrete information about completed projects and achieved successes.
It should be professionally looking: one style, 1 page if you have less than 10 years of working experience, PDF format, the good order of content: heading, experience and education, projects and skills.
Should contain relevant skills, so don’t add skills which you learned long ago and don’t use anymore.
Projects and experience description should contain concise information about the specifics of the job and the achievements.
This was an amazing journey and it happened thanks to many people. I want to say thanks to Udacity and Facebook for the opportunity to study the Nanodegree. I want to say thanks to our community managers and all other people from Udacity who guided us on this journey. I want to say thanks to the community of people who took part in these activities. I want to say thanks to all the people whom I met while working on the Nanodegree.
“There are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning”