Udacity Deep Learning nanodegree

Intel / Eng mr_pleb
May 2 16 Comments

Is it worth the time and the money ? Anyone completed it and wants to share impressions ?
Do employers even give a fuck about it ? Most job ads ask for Ms or PhD for deep learning jobs.

They say it takes about 4 months to complete at an average of 12-15h/week, $399/month.

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  • Google coolguy00
    big tech usually won't care, but it's probably a good learning experience for yourself. you can do deep learning if you join the company at an eng position, prove yourself and transfer internally.
    May 2 7
    • New / Eng
      Ubzd58

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      Can you elaborate on what’s not fun about it? I’m following this plan.
      May 2
    • Google coolguy00
      the actual modelling is tiny part of it. I feel more like an SRE/analyst than an engineer. the work isn't as challenging as I had hoped, pretty repetitive (ex: add this feature here, add that feature there). you need to monitor the model and deal with all the problems that come up and there will be many (data skews, anomalies, etc).

      I don't know, it's been a few months now, so I'm hoping it's going to become a little more challenging later, if it doesn't I'll move on after a year or two and consider it to be a good learning experience.
      May 2
    • New / Eng
      Ubzd58

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      Interesting. Sounds like if you find it boring or repetitive then you should be able to automate or find a junior engineer who you can teach so you can focus on learning new things.
      May 2
    • Intel / Eng mr_pleb
      OP
      I also have this feeling that it's more boring than we are led to believe which is why I'm on the fence to put time into getting into this area or just become a better SWE.

      I think the only really interesting part would be research but that definitely requires PhD.
      May 2
    • Google coolguy00
      yep research is definitely where it's at and that requires fairly advanced understanding of the field which you can get through a PhD.

      our frameworks have automated pretty much everything at this point.
      May 2
  • Uber
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    As others said - use it for your learning and then find a use in your job to apply it. Just certificate won’t give you much
    May 2 0
  • Tripwire
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    The Cert won't matter to anyone, but if you're interested in learning the tech it's a really good course for getting a solid foundation.
    May 2 0
  • VMware scrdby IRS
    I did the bank degree...
    Crap.
    Waste of time
    May 2 0
  • New / R&D mylttlpony
    If you use to learn and then implement some stuff at.work.so you can pad your resume it will.probably be.more helpful than the actual credential.
    May 2 0
  • Don't do it. I did some of those online thingies, no one gives a shit.
    May 2 0
  • Intel / Eng mr_pleb
    OP
    As a SWE, the goal would be to be able to be considered for a Deep Learning job, not just to learn for fun. So skills acquisiton is a must but would such a degree even put me on the radar if I only have a Bachelor in CS ?
    May 2 1
  • New qa771
    I don't recommend Udacity if you are intermediate or advanced user. Try Coursera courses for free and pay if you'd like to do hands-on projects.

    I don't think certificate will be helpful in getting ML job. Building GitHub profile and showing ML talent will help.
    May 4 0