Zuzana finds a confidence and a whole new career path with Udacity

Zuzana Kunckova was 33 when she completed her degree in psychology – a field she’d always been passionate about. “I’ve always wanted to know how the human mind works, how we make choices and decisions,” she says. After graduating, Zuzana worked as a teaching assistant, but wasn’t feeling fulfilled; she found it difficult to combine her job with looking after her young children. “It wasn’t for me. I felt disappointed in myself. A lack of confidence and not knowing what to do was holding me back.”

Seeing an ad offering a Developer Scholarship for a Google Udacity Nanodegree was the inspiration Zuzana had been waiting for. “It focused on turning coding skills into future employment, and had a module on accessibility,” she says. “I began to see the link between web accessibility and psychology and realised I had found a way to use my degree, earn money and be there for my family – and it’s something I like!”

During the six-month course, Zuzana developed the skills and confidence to approach future employers in the digital industry. She soon found her first job as a web developer at branding and web development agency, Twin Dots. “I never thought you could turn your career around later in life. Because of the new things I’ve learnt, I feel like I’ve finally found something that I want to do and that fulfils me.”

I never thought you could turn your career around later in life. Because of the new things I’ve learnt, I feel like I’ve finally found something that I want to do and that fulfils me.

, Zuzana Kunckova

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