Can you imagine any college or university making the outrageous claim of guaranteeing you a job or your tuition is completely refunded? Never happen.
But now online education startup Udacity is offering a variety of online software development courses for smartphone apps that at the end of 9 months with an investment of $299 and 10 hours of study a week AND a guarantee that students will get a job within 6 months or their money back. Students also get access to a “career concierge” to help them apply for technology jobs.
I’m skeptical that such an ambitious experiment will prove profitable for Udacity for a couple of reasons. First of all, MIT created a tool called App Inventor a few years ago that allows a user to createAndroid apps via a web browser: no coding required. There are other no-coding options as well that don’t require the 9 months, 10 hours a week, and $299, such as Appyet and Apps Machine.
Second, if you want to try your hand at being an independent apps programmer, you don’t need a degree or certification – or have to dazzle hiring managers with your stellar personality.
Third, I still think there are variables beyond Udacity’s control and your own to make this guarantee rock solid without some type of fine print.
If you want to publish your app on any appstore/market you’ll also have to obtain developer licenses for Android($23), IOS($99), Windows Phone($99), Bada(free).
You can read more about Udacity’s plan at Wired.com.
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