September 23, 2016: Friday news roundup

Happy day-after-the-autumnal-equinox! Is it feeling like fall where you are? Perhaps the new season puts you in a mood to turn over a new leaf in your career, in which case you should check out Udemy’s job openings. Meanwhile, thought-provoking articles are always in season around here, so let’s get to it.

Computer science class fails to notice their TA was actually an AI chatbot
At Georgia Tech, a professor created a bot to serve as a teaching assistant in his computer science classes. It was an experiment born out of necessity: his real TAs were overextended. Turns out “Jill” did a great job and the professor will be using more bots in the future. I wonder if English majors would have realized they were dealing with AI…

The surprising quality you need to be successful as a woman in a male industry
With a long background in financial services, including serving as a CEO of Merrill Lynch and Citi, Sallie Krawcheck knows a thing or two about being the only woman in the room. She founded and now leads an investment company focused on a female clientele. So, what was the must-have trait that helped her rise through the ranks on Wall Street? It’s a good one.

We need a better way to visualize people’s skills
Is the résumé overdue for a revamp? This writer puts forth an interesting idea: building profiles that illustrate candidates’ competencies in a variety of areas over time. The objective is to show “precisely what people can do,” in the same way the GitHub grid displays developers’ contributions and projects.

There’s a powerful hack to remember something you’ve just learned
Turns out exercising your body (at the right time) can help your mind achieve peak performance too. This finding came out of a very small study, and more research is needed to understand the phenomenon better. Still, it aligns with more established science showing physical fitness and cognitive health are closely connected.

Facebook, Google, other tech giants answer Obama’s refugee plea
We are thrilled and honored to be included with some of tech’s leading innovators in working to improve the lives and conditions of refugees around the world. As this article points out, the UN estimates that in 2015 alone, conflicts and persecution “forcibly displaced” 65.3 million people worldwide, the biggest forced displacement since World War II. The UN has classified 21.3 million of them as refugees. Udemy is doing our part by enlisting refugees to be instructors and create courses in their areas of expertise, which will let them earn legal income.

Udemy hosts documentary screening, discussion of women in tech

The lack of diversity at tech companies has gotten a lot of media attention in the last couple of years, but real solutions have been few and far between. That’s the backdrop of the documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” which was screened to a packed house of guests at Udemy HQ September 14.

To get the crowd of more than 125 attendees warmed up, we assembled a panel to share their own experiences as women and minorities working in tech. They talked about how the film resonated with them, the obstacles they’ve faced (and overcome) in their careers, and what companies and individuals can do to create a more inclusive environment for engineers from all backgrounds.

Panelists, L to R: Tiffany Williams; Sara Hooker; Brenda Jin; Claire Hough; Ingrid Avendaño; Angie Chang; Anita Anderson

Panelists, L to R: Tiffany Williams; Sara Hooker; Brenda Jin; Claire Hough; Ingrid Avendaño; Angie Chang; Anita Anderson

From the film’s website: “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” exposes the lack of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gap, highlighting breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers. With humor and optimism, CODE considers the importance of creating a more balanced tech workforce and asks: What would society gain from having more women and minorities code and how do we get there?

Our panelists were:

  • Anita Anderson – Director of Mobile Application Engineering, Nickelodeon
  • Ingrid Avendaño – Site Reliability Engineer, Uber
  • Angie Chang – VP Strategic Partnerships, Hackbright
  • Claire Hough – SVP of Engineering, Udemy
  • Brenda Jin – Senior Platform Engineer, Slack
  • Tiffany Williams – Software Engineer, Aclima
  • Moderated by Sara Hooker – Data Scientist, Udemy

They represented an interesting mix of paths into the tech world, which made for a lively and insightful pre-movie chat. One common theme was the need for women to speak up and advocate for themselves. That leads perfectly into the next event Udemy’s hosting around diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace: “Negotiate Like a Boss.”

Part of the Breaking Glass Forum series, this event will bring together speakers from the C-suite, human resources, and sales/business development to examine why “women are often uncomfortable negotiating for a better job offer, a raise or a promotion, which can leave us feeling undervalued in our careers. For women of color, pay inequities can be even more pronounced and negative in their impact.”

Udemy is proud to co-sponsor the Breaking Glass Forum with Women in Technology International as part of our “Women at Udemy” program, which aims to connect, empower, and celebrate women in the workplace. Our very own VP of People Lisa Haugh will be on the panel sharing her negotiating tips, and the discussion will be followed by an interactive workshop where attendees can practice key negotiation tactics with professional coaches and receive direct feedback on how to improve.

Negotiate Like a Boss is happening at Udemy HQ October 11; space is limited so register early!

How to Cure a Case of the Blahs at Work

Jetta Productions - Blend Images/Getty Images

Jetta Productions – Blend Images/Getty Images

You can’t just run from your responsibilities.

Anyone in a demanding leadership position — where every decision is high-stakes and sometimes no good options are available — experiences moments when they imagine just running away from it all. Even President Obama gets decision fatigue.

CEOs are no different. Fortunately, it’s not a lingering condition, but there’s never a good or convenient time to catch a case of the blahs. You can’t always take off on a restorative vacation or park a sticky project until inspiration hits, so it helps to have a few tried-and-tested remedies for reenergizing and getting back into a productive groove.

Here are a few of mine, but they may not serve as a kick in the pants for you. How each of us stays motivated varies, and what knocked you out of a rut before may not be effective the next time. So it’s good to have multiple options.

Get moving
I’m certainly not the first person to extol the virtues of exercise when it comes to waking up your brain and your body. I find it a lot easier to access and process my thoughts when I’m physically engaged; it just helps everything flow. In fact, we encourage our employees to do walking meetings whenever possible. One of my favorite ways to blow off steam is soccer. I’m part of the company team, which also gives me a chance to connect with employees outside of work.

Change your scenery
What a time to be alive, when Internet connectivity allows us to be productive from virtually anywhere. Sitting outside and breathing fresh air is sometimes all it takes to clear out the mental clutter and motivate me to pick that project up again. I’ll also occasionally set up shop somewhere away from the office. When I’m not at my real desk, I’m far less likely to linger over whatever sapped my motivation in the first place.

Connect to your “why”
For me, my personal mission aligns with my company’s mission of providing access to affordable, high-quality learning resources for anyone around the world. It’s hard to feel uninspired when I read what our students have been able to accomplish and think about the millions more we still want to reach. If you’re low on motivation, get back to basics and remind yourself why you do what you do and who benefits from it.

Chat with a thoughtful peer
I have a group of advisers, investors, and other colleagues I consult with about company matters. I also like connecting with smart, creative thinkers who won’t necessarily talk about business operations or performance but who engage my mind and inspire me. For example, I’m fortunate to have a relationship with the founder of a well-established education company, and he always opens me up to new ideas. In a pinch, watching a TED Talk can pull me out of my day-to-day and inspire me to get back to work.

Try your to-do list
Sometimes I’ll take care of the tactical, less inspiring tasks on my to-do list when I know I’m not going to make a dent in bigger initiatives. I still feel productive, but the pressure’s off to dive into something that requires lots of intensive thinking and strategizing. Instead, I might tackle instead some tedious paperwork. When I’m done, I feel a sense of accomplishment that leaves me hungry to rededicate myself to meatier stuff.

Journal it
Free-form writing is another trick I use to motivate myself. Writing about whatever’s on my mind — professionally, personally, or in between — when I know no one else will read it is incredibly liberating. I put aside any concerns about how good the writing is or what my audience wants, and do a stream-of-consciousness brain dump onto the screen. By the end, I’ve purged whatever detritus was blocking inspiration.

Like I said, these techniques might not be exactly right for everyone, but I’ll tell you what has never gotten me back to feeling motivated: trying to will myself back to feeling motivated. We all need mental vacations — like Obama’s fantasy of selling T-shirts in Hawaii — so don’t beat yourself up when you have those moments too.

This article originally appeared on Fortune Insiders.

September 16, 2016: Friday news roundup

You’ve made it to the end of another work week. Take a moment to wind down with a look back at some articles that got us thinking over the last several days.

Ask an economist: How can today’s college students future-proof their careers?
Depending on what you read, robots are either coming to eliminate our jobs, change our jobs, improve our jobs, or some combination of the above. Here, a bunch of brainy economists weigh in with their own advice for “which skills they’d focus on if they were about to start their first year of college this fall.” Some outlooks are more encouraging than others.

You don’t need to be in tech to find high-paying part-time jobs
Okay, this one IS encouraging. A jobs website searched for part-time openings offering at least $50/hour, and you’ll be surprised (skeptical?) of what they found. It’s actually a pretty diverse list of industries and roles, which suggests more employers are coming around to the idea of flexible work schedules.

Hesitant to make that big life change? Permission granted
Lots of Udemy students are taking courses in order to switch up their careers. Still, it can be scary to leap into unfamiliar waters and might even feel foolish or irresponsible, depending on your circumstances and the magnitude of change you have in mind. Drawing upon the research of Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt, this columnist shares how he found the courage to take that leap—and why he thinks you should too.

Fewer of the world’s entrepreneurs say they need Silicon Valley anymore. That’s a problem.
It’s only taken a few years for China and India to start producing home-grown startup “unicorns” of their own, leading many to wonder if Silicon Valley still deserves the title of “innovation capital of the world.” Now, aspiring entrepreneurs in other parts of the world have incubators in their own backyards, and companies like WeChat, Tencent, and Alibaba are recognized as just as valuable and trailblazing as anything coming out of Silicon Valley.  

8 simple decisions that took my business to the next level as a mompreneur
Udemy instructor Kenz Soliman shares her story of overcoming doubts and fear to achieve success teaching in our marketplace. Kenz has published 25 courses and enrolled nearly 10,000 students and wants other moms to follow her example and pursue their own dream jobs. She’s got a great attitude, signing off as “just a boss girl who took a leap of faith.” Keep up the awesome work, Kenz!

Student’s first app bought by global game developer

Back in July we introduced you to Nick Di Vona, a newcomer to app development who took Mark Price’s “iOS 9 and Swift 2: From Beginner to Paid Professional” course. At the time, we celebrated his Poke Radar app reaching #2 in Apple’s App Store. It turns out that was just the beginning of big things for Nick and his partner, Braydon Batungbacal.

Now comes the exciting news that Poke Radar was purchased for $500,000 by Glu Mobile, a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. As Mark put it, “This goes to show that opportunities are endless in the world of programming and app development, so don’t give up!” It also demonstrates the impact of dedicated, involved teachers who give students the confidence they need to dream big.

Congratulations, Nick! Thanks for being such a great example of what’s possible when people never stop learning.

Photo credit: Matt McDonald/Equal Motion

Photo credit: Matt McDonald/Equal Motion

September 9, 2016: Friday news roundup

The roundup took last week off for Labor Day weekend, but we’re back and ready to break down some thoughtful articles for you.

Lost in translation: Can SIlicon Valley export its best practices?
There’s lots of talk about tech jobs moving out of the Bay Area due to the region’s insane cost of living, so it’s worth asking whether the Silicon Valley style of working will follow those jobs too. Some researchers tried to see if it would work equally well in other parts of the U.S. as well as in India and China. The results were mixed.

What programming’s past reveals about today’s gender pay gap
Thanks to renewed interest and awareness around pioneers like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, people are learning that programming started out as a female-dominated field. So, how’d we end up with all these brogrammers? Read this fascinating account of how salaries shift when industries once viewed as “women’s work” get taken over by men (coding) and vice-versa (teaching).

Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t only about having the best ideas
Sounds obvious, huh? Don’t believe any career guru who promises your brilliant idea is a sure-fire path to success, and don’t dive into entrepreneurship without taking a hard, honest look at what it will really take to make it. This business professor shares some wisdom he’s picked up from talking to entrepreneurs about getting from idea to execution.

Ditching the office to work in paradise as a “digital nomad” has a hidden dark side
We’ve kept an eye on the digital nomad trend, as there are certainly both Udemy students and instructors who use our marketplace to stay connected to learning while traveling around the world. Here, we read why one of the movement’s leaders has reconsidered his own wandering ways. People will continue to benefit from internet connectivity to have more flexibility in their lives and work, but perhaps being a nomad can only last so long.  

Finished, not perfect
We’ll end the roundup on a different note. Jake Parker is an illustrator and author who has a simple bit of advice for people in creative jobs, but it really applies to anyone: The world needs people who finish things. As you head into the weekend, turn down your inner perfectionist and see what you can accomplish.

Here’s why you can’t always trust your gut

It can deceive you in the hiring process.

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Attracting and retaining talent is a constant challenge. I work in San Francisco, where the unemployment rate is below both the national and state averages, giving qualified candidates tremendous choice and agency in determining their next career move. In such a competitive climate, it can be tempting to make an offer before someone else steals the candidate away.

But in the hiring process, each side needs to come to the table with honesty, self-awareness, and patience in order to avoid bad decisions, which can have long-term consequences and be difficult to undo. Here’s how you can avoid such an outcome:

Set realistic expectations
Hiring begins with the job description itself, which needs to reflect the position’s real requirements and responsibilities. Too many companies go forth in search of a left-handed, purple unicorn: that elusive individual who possesses mastery in a broad range of skills and can single-handedly do the job of many people.

Unfortunately, unicorns don’t exist. Companies that think they’ve hired one stand to be disappointed, and candidates who represent themselves as such are either on the fast track to burnout or are overselling themselves. Your job listings need to be realistic in order to attract real candidates and give your interviewers tangible evaluation criteria.

Pick and prepare your panel
You need to choose the right interviewers, determine who’s asking what, and prepare them in the art and science of effective interviewing. We have candidates meet their potential teammates, as well as stakeholders in other departments and at least one member of our executive team.

Beyond basic guidance on what kinds of questions to ask, we train employees in overcoming bias and caution them not to form preconceptions based on a candidate’s resume or educational credentials. We can’t stop employees from Googling someone prior to their office visit, but we can alert them to how doing so might generate unfair or inaccurate assumptions.

Probe for answers
During the interview itself, we dig for specifics to see how candidates have contributed in past roles and how they describe their interactions with colleagues. In addition to reviewing work samples, we also assign exercises and have candidates present to a group for their second-round visit to our office. This helps us get a sense of how candidates approach problems, think about strategy, and drive results.

Be sure to tell your interviewers to listen more and talk less. When you jump in to add a comment, it can lead the candidate to tell you what they think you want to hear.

Don’t rely on gut decisions
When it comes to giving feedback on an applicant, urge your interviewers to be specific and direct about why the person is or isn’t suited for the role. It’s important not to interpret easy, free-flowing conversation or good chemistry as a signal that someone is right for the job.

The concept of “cultural fit” has been criticized for leading many companies to hire a homogenous workforce, but shared values do matter. One misaligned worker can disrupt a previously effective team. We use an online tool for capturing feedback — all interviewers weigh in on how a candidate aligns with each of our company values. By calling that out explicitly, we get more granular feedback, which helps us make fair, informed decisions.

Make the match
A successful hire requires both the employee and the employer to feel satisfied. Candidates are evaluating you, too, during the interview process. Clearly communicate your employer value proposition, and then deliver on that promise to new hires from day one. No one wins if you misrepresent your company in order to woo a job prospect.

Similarly, it rarely works out when hiring decisions are made in a rush, either out of desperation or simply because a candidate seems “good enough.” New hires shouldn’t just be able to do the job; they need to love the job. And we, as employers, need to provide the environment, tools, and support to show we appreciate that.

Everyone makes mistakes, and you’re probably going to hire the wrong person once in a while. If you do make a bad hire, act quickly and don’t succumb to the sunk-cost fallacy. Just because someone isn’t a fit for your team doesn’t mean they won’t be perfect for another company, so free them up to find that better match and move on.

This article originally appeared on Fortune Insiders.

Udemy course helps instructor win award and get a job

udemyWe were thrilled to read recently that instructor Ahmed Alkabary was awarded a scholarship from the Linux Foundation—and his Udemy course played a role in his achievement. We got in touch to find out more about Ahmed, whose course, “Linux Command Line Basics,” has more than 49,000 students!

 

How did you hear about Udemy and why did you choose our platform for hosting your course?
I started using Udemy in 2013 when I was searching for online courses on Java programming. I was really fascinated by the ease-of-use and the unique nature of Udemy. It’s very simple, and Udemy offers a wide array of courses for many subjects. Some courses are free, which is really nice, and also the paid courses are not very expensive. The idea that you don’t need a subscription is really what I think makes Udemy very popular. I don’t like the idea of paying a yearly (or monthly) subscription to access just one course that I like. Also, all the courses are reviewed, which is a good way to know which course to purchase. The interface itself is very friendly, easy to navigate and to view videos. It’s very natural.

(When asked to share Udemy courses he particularly liked, Ahmed mentioned “Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners” by instructor John Purcell and “Git Started with GitHub” by instructor Jason Taylor.)

What was your goal for creating your Linux course? What were your expectations when you started out?
After I’ve completed my first course on Udemy (John Purcell’s Java course), I realized the benefits I got from the course. At that time there were barely any Linux courses on Udemy. I think I have great Linux skills so I asked myself, why not create a course that teaches the Linux command line? I also liked the idea that anyone could contribute to Udemy and, frankly speaking, it was just an experiment for me when I started. I had no idea I would attract all the students that I have now. It turned out to be a great experiment!

What did you do to prepare yourself to be a teacher instead of a student? Did you have any offline teaching experience?
I was a teaching assistant at the University of Regina for several computer science and mathematics courses. That’s where I developed a passion for teaching. So, I did a lot of research on what topics I should cover in my Udemy course and then revisited these topics myself to make sure I was ready to present it to my students. I also learned a lot about how to teach from the online courses I took on Udemy and elsewhere. They all kind of follow a pattern.

Any comments on the course creation process?
It wasn’t a very hard process to create the course on Udemy. It was actually very smooth. All I needed was screencasting software (I used Kazam on Linux). I also got a Blue Snowball microphone and used Sparkol VideoScribe to add animation to my course that would make it more engaging and interesting. The hardest part was actually finding time to do the video production.

What is your goal for students in your course? Have you had any notable interactions with students?
My number one goal is to break the fear that newbies have towards Linux. I notice that many people are afraid to use Linux just because they know that they have to use the command line at some point. I try to motivate the students with simple examples of why we need to use the Linux command line and the benefits of doing so in terms of performance, saving time, and opening up career opportunities.

I receive a lot of good reviews on a daily basis and messages from students telling me to create more courses. I occasionally receive messages from students thanking me for creating the course and telling me how this course helped them with their studies, certifications, and work. I’ve even received requests to publish my same course on other platforms, but I didn’t like that idea; I like to stay at Udemy.

In the Linux.com interview, you said you got your current job because of the Udemy course. Can you elaborate on that?
Yes, so basically Robertson College teaches online Linux courses, and they posted a job for a Linux instructor. I applied for the job and got hired just because of my Udemy course. I didn’t even have a technical interview. In effect, Udemy served as a skill verifier. So Udemy is not just a place where people can learn and teach, but it’s also a place where you can verify your skills and build an online portfolio. It’s brilliant in this way. Like, for example, if you like to develop mobile apps as a hobby, you can make a course on Udemy and chances are you will get hired!

Do you think you’ll create any additional courses?
I want to create more Linux-related courses in the future and also update my existing course and polish it to make it the go-to course for Linux newbies on the web. I think I can achieve that, but again the real challenge here is to find time and space!

Do you consider yourself the kind of person who’s self-motivated to learn new things, in general?
Definitely, I like learning new technologies and I like learning new skills. Learning is an everlasting and continuing process. I am a fast learner, too, which makes it easier for me to adopt new skills. I would say that life is not that interesting without learning new skills!

What do you like to do when you’re not working on a Linux project or teaching?
In my spare time I enjoy reading technology blogs to learn about any new changes or trends in the market. On a personal note, I like reading philosophy books and watching scientific documentaries. I also go for a swim at least twice a week.

Anything else to add we haven’t covered?
I do recommend Udemy to almost everyone I meet. Like, whenever someone asks me which online resources to use to learn a new language, programming, arts, etc., I always say Udemy.

Introducing Udemy’s Learning Advisory Board

Not actually our LAB! This is the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. Photo credit: @sunemilysun

Not actually our LAB! This is the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. Photo credit:
@sunemilysun

By Jessica Ashraf, Teaching and Learning Specialist, Udemy

In my last blog post, I described how Udemy is using learning science to develop new product features and instructor resources. Now, I’m excited to share the launch of our Learning Advisory Board (LAB), which will take those initiatives further.

What does the LAB do?
The LAB is a group of experts and pioneers in education who are helping Udemy deliver the best learning experiences for our students. They’ll be collaborating and consulting with us on many fronts, from giving feedback on product features and prototypes, to educating Udemy instructors and employees about how students learn online and sharing best practices for teaching online and building a great learning environment.

Why do we think it’s important to have a LAB?
We believe external partners help us see beyond our own office walls and incorporate fresh, innovative thinking from diverse niches of education. Online learning is still a fairly new and quickly evolving field, and it’s important to stay on top of current developments and discussions. Gaining a deep understanding of how people learn and teach most effectively allows us to make better informed decisions about Udemy’s product and growth initiatives, which, in turn, helps ensure students get what they need and want when they come to Udemy to learn.

Who are our learning advisors?
We are fortunate to have assembled a stellar group of highly knowledgeable and widely respected experts in the field. Each brings their own particular expertise and will be working with us in varying capacities.

EDITED_SMALL_ab_photo_2016Abbie Brown
The idea for the LAB was already floating around our office as I was listening to “Trends and Issues,” an edtech-themed podcast co-hosted by Abbie Brown. I liked their thinking and felt they had a lot of relevant knowledge to offer Udemy. Abbie is an award-winning educator and scholar who has written numerous books on teaching strategies and instructional design. He’s also an experienced university and K-12 classroom teacher, online educator, and instructional media producer, making him a rich source of expertise for Udemy.

GIGeorge Ingersoll
George has built multiple online education programs from scratch and is currently associate dean of hybrid learning at UCLA Anderson School of Management. One of his main areas of focus is instructional strategies for online teaching, which is obviously a crucial area for Udemy’s instructors too. George strives to teach in ways that will make his material much more accessible to the student than the approaches usually followed by college textbooks and courses.

headshot of larryLarry Louie
Udemy didn’t have to find Larry—he got in touch with us first. Larry is so passionate about education and has so much wisdom to share, he offered to help before he even knew about the LAB. Formerly the dean of Hult International Business School in San Francisco, Larry now serves as a global professor there, teaching courses in finance, accounting, and entrepreneurship. He never tires of experimenting with innovative teaching strategies and thinking about the best ways to use new media to teach students. Larry’s extensive expertise in designing course curricula and developing teacher training materials will be a huge asset to Udemy.

AnniePaulAnnie Murphy Paul
I had subscribed to Annie’s newsletter “The Brilliant Report” a long time ago and am always beyond excited to read her latest articles. One of her posts on “technological ignorance” prompted me to approach her about joining Udemy’s LAB. Annie is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant, and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. She writes a weekly column about learning for Time.com and also blogs about learning at CNN.com. We’re looking forward to sharing some of Annie’s brilliance right here on the Udemy blog too!

The Learning Advisory Board is a huge opportunity for Udemy, and we’re honored to work with these amazing people who really care about creating the best possible learning experience for students.

August 19, 2016: Friday news roundup

Happy Friday, everyone! Are you ready for a roundup? We’re sharing tips for evaluating potential employers, thoughts on the value of college, stats on the global skills gap, and more.

How to tell if you’ll fit into a company’s culture before you take the job
Whether you’ve heard stories or lived the tale yourself, it’s a huge source of stress, disappointment, and frustration when the company you interviewed with doesn’t seem to match the one you’ve joined. Check out these helpful tips for sussing out the real culture before you accept the offer. On a related note, a new tool has launched to arm women, specifically, with information about how companies treat female employees.

Should college come with a money-back guarantee?
It’s a provocative question for sure. The authors share examples of a few schools that actually are offering guarantees of sorts. For example, SUNY Buffalo called “Finish in 4” that makes tuition free if students fail to earn their degrees in four years. (Of course, Udemy courses all come with a 30-day money-back guarantee… just sayin’!)

These countries are facing the greatest skills shortage
Some pretty interesting and alarming stats in here, especially if you’re trying to find a qualified worker in Japan, where 81% of employers report having trouble. In a virtual tie for second place are India, Brazil, and Turkey, three important emerging economies. Workers themselves aren’t confident of their skills either. Read on for predictions on what will be the most in-demand skills in 2020 (and start learning about them now!).

Your phone is becoming your favorite screen, even when you’re at home
Despite the word “mobile,” our phones are actually becoming our go-to devices even when we’re sitting around. New research found that 30% of internet data use at home is on phones and tablets. There’s a surprising twist, however. When it comes to streaming video, Windows PCs still grab the lion’s share.

If you want to be a better person, find something to do outside of work
Here’s a great final thought to take into the weekend: get out there and do something! Today’s society pushes us to be productive and results-driven all the time, but there’s real value in taking up a hobby with no tangible payoff or “point” to it. This is an idea that will resonate with Udemy’s legions of self-motivated learners, makers, and doers.