Udacity announced a new program called the Nanodegree Plus, which guarantees a job within 6 months of completing a Nanodegree — or you get your money back. The Nanodegree Plus program costs $300/month and is available for four Nanodegrees: “Android Developer,” “iOS Developer,” “Machine Learning Engineer,” and “Senior Web Developer.”
Dream come true? We now GUARANTEE a job for anyone who completes a Nanodegree+ – or else tuition back. Hope other universities follow.
— Sebastian Thrun (@SebastianThrun) January 13, 2016
As part of the Nanodegree Plus program, students will be enrolled in a new Career Advisor program and in Career Concierge services. Currently, the program is only available for students in the US, but Udacity has plans to extend it to other countries.
For Nanodegree Plus graduates, Udacity guarantees that the graduate’s gross income will be more than the cost of tuition within three months of getting a job. “Job” doesn’t necessarily mean a full time job, however. According to the program’s FAQ, it can also mean an internship, freelancing, or working as a grader at Udacity.
Class Central’s Take
We are big fans of the Nanodegree program, and Nanodegree Plus takes the original program further. It’s not the first program that has a job guarantee, but such programs are usually much more expensive and do have an application process. The lack of application process is what makes Nanodegree Plus so different. Even though you might not really have a full time job after finishing the Nanodegree Plus, if you complete the program you will learn a skill, earn a credential, and have a portfolio to demonstrate the skill; moreover, the program will be effectively free or profitable for you.