Ildikó finds her new calling as a ‘coding mum’
Ildikó Fekete is a mother of two from Hungary who took time out from her career as a literature teacher to move to a small town to raise her family.
After having her second child and unable to work full time, Ildikó began searching for a new calling. Learning to code had always been one of her life goals, so she applied for sponsorship from Google to study at Udacity. After successfully completing the Android Beginners course, she was one of 1,250 applicants to be accepted into the Android Basics Nanodegree, where she learnt how to write Java code and build Android apps. It was not long before she created her first app, GreenFeet, which lets users calculate their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. “I didn't think I'd ever be able to create my own app, especially one that really matters and can impact other people’s lives,” says Ildikó. “I really valued the opportunity to study at Udacity — the forums, the mentors, and the friendships and relationships that grew out of it. It’s a totally different learning experience.”
The Udacity scholarship not only opened the door for Ildikó to gain new skills and expertise; she’s also found a whole community of like-minded developers and a host of new employment opportunities. “Programming gives us the opportunity to be creative. I'm confident that being certified through Udacity's online courses will make it easier for me to find work that is compatible with my life as a ‘coding mum’.”