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A review of Udemy as a tech educational tool

What does Udemy do?

Udemy is an online platform with over 100k courses in a variety of subjects including development, design, IT & software, and marketing. Their courses range in specifics – some focus on tools and languages, while others are “complete courses” to learn an entirely new topic. Courses range in length, experience level, features, and price and users can filter based on these variables.

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When users purchase a course, they gain access to pre-recorded videos as well as related articles and resources to help them understand what they are learning. After completion, students are given a certificate of completion, though many of the courses do not have a project to denote success in the program, so these certificates are often not accredited.

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An example from the Web Developer Bootcamp video on front-end development

Who is Udemy for?

People who are interested in learning a new skill or advancing their current knowledge in development tools and languages, design, marketing, IT & software, and additional topics would benefit from Udemy courses. 

What does Udemy cost? How much work is involved?

Courses on Udemy range in price, from around $50 to $200, though they often have coupons available online as well as large discounts, often bringing the price down for courses to $9.99. For the beginner and “all levels” courses, there are no prerequisites. For intermediate and expert level courses, there are requirements before a user begins.

Ratings and reviews

The reviews online for Udemy are mixed. They have a very robust affiliate program, which means that they pay users to promote their content positively online. This also means they have a fair number of positive reviews and it is difficult to tell what is genuine and what is paid.

People have noted that while taking the course, they are asked very frequently, each time they sign in to the course, to leave a review. These users explain that is frustrating and they assume most of the positive reviews come from people at the beginning of the courses who just want to stop the notifications. Similarly, they found that negative reviews left on the course content are buried, making it more difficult for people to make knowledgeable decisions based on reviews.

Additional reviews state that, since there are so many courses, the quality control is not as strong as it used to be. People find that some classes are helpful, but others are less informative or include incorrect or out of date information. People also have had negative experiences with the administrative side of Udemy, in which they think they are getting a discount but in actuality, they are charged for the full price. There is a lack of customer service to help them clear up the situation.

Alternatives to Udemy

As an educational program, there are a fair number of alternatives to Udemy.

  • Udacity is probably the most well known – they offer a mix of free and paid resources that students can use to learn many different tech skills.
  • Similarly, Springboard, Coursera, and edX are popular online education tools for people interested in learning or advancing their current tech skills.
  • If you are looking for bootcamps, Lambda School is a well known 9-month bootcamp where students can learn fundamentals of software engineering, UX design, data science, and iOS development while deferring payment through an ISA.
  • You can also check out General Assembly, Flatiron School, or Galvanize, which offer a variety of courses on similar topics.
  • HackDesign is a free newsletter with lessons and tools for aspiring and current designers. DesignLab offers a full-time immersive option and a pre-bootcamp skills course.
  • Offering a variety of diploma programs, certificate courses, and other training, BrainStation is for students who are looking to pivot into a new career in data science, UX/UI design, development, and product management.
  • People who are more interested in software engineering can look to Codeacademy, which teaches courses in computer science and coding for free and also offers membership that are around $20-$40 per month.
  • App Academy, which is a bootcamp with online and on-campus options.
  • For those looking to learn data science, DataCamp and Dataquest have courses on a variety of topics.
  • Coding Temple and RMOTR are Python data science and web development bootcamps, focusing on the fundamentals.

We created a list of the best resources to learn software engineering and data science, so you can decide what the best option is for you.

How does Udemy compare to Pathrise?

Udemy is an online education tool, with courses for people who are interested in learning a completely new skill or advancing their current skills. At Pathrise, our fellows should already have a background in the field they are interested in because our technical curriculum is focused on preparing them for the types of questions they will see in their interviews.

All of our workshops and sessions at Pathrise are live, so that our fellows can interact with the advisors as they teach and ask questions as they come up. We also provide personalized, 1-on-1 technical and behavioral sessions as well as resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building and strengthening, cold email and reverse recruiting, and negotiation templates and guidance. Pathrise fellows never pay anything upfront and only after they begin working at a job they love do they pay their income share agreement, which is 9% of their first year’s salary.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and young professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double.

If you want to work with any of our advisors 1-on-1 to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

Apply today.

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