My First Nanodegree: Predictive Analytics for Business

Yesterday I enrolled on my very first Nanodegree program from Udacity, and I am very excited about it!

If you’ve been following my posts, you may wonder what happened to the Business Statistics course on Coursera I was working on. Well, I still haven’t finished it (although I am on track). It may seem like I rushed into enrolling on another course when I still have this one to finish, but it turned out that Udacity would be closing enrolment for that particular Nanodegree yesterday so I had to make a move or miss it until the next term opened!

With Udacity playing fast and loose with the word ‘nano’, maybe this could be a nanoleaf?

One of the major benefits of enrolling in a Nanodegree is that it brings together a lot of different content that I was planning to learn by myself. In fact, after enrolling with Udacity, I realised that I could cancel my Pluralsight subscription as 90%+ of what I wanted to learn there next will be covered by this one thing! It will also cover some of the things I wanted to learn on DataCamp (which runs out in September) and also some of the courses I was going to pursue on Coursera next.

Even though it’s a three month course, I’m sure it will actually save me a lot of time being able to study everything together in one place. Plus, as I mentioned before, having fewer certifications with a wider coverage gives more credibility than having many smaller certifications to try and form a cohesive package at the end (unless they are already grouped and mostly signify milestones in the full certification).

It’s going to be a slightly different learning experience for me than I’ve become accustomed to, deadlines, study groups, student chat rooms, 3 months of guided learning. But I’m looking forward to the challenge!

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