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  • Millennial online teaching addict

    Phil Ebiner admits that he has an addiction to online teaching When he first found Udemy in 2012, he would work at his full-time video production job then come home and spend six to eight hours working on Udemy course development He has now cut back to producing content about five hours each week, and spends a few...

  • A life transformed through learning and teaching

    It’s no secret that access to learning can propel a career as well as one’s personal growth What’s less talked about is how sharing knowledge can also expand one’s life experience and deliver emotional rewards Udemy instructor Teresa Greenway, 56, embodies both sides of that story: she made an incredible...

  • John Anthony Radosta

    Location: Ft Lauderdale Age: 30 Occupation: Entrepreneur John Anthony Radosta’s story starts out like many others He went to college because that’s what was expected of him, but he really had no idea what he wanted to do with his life He graduated in 2009, just as the economy took a turn for the worse As if...

  • Guitarist takes love affair with American blues online

    Would John Lee Hooker or Howlin’ Wolf be teaching guitar on the Internet if they were around today With so much of the music business now happening online, it’s quite possible those legends would also be singing the blues in cyberspace And so for San Francisco Bay Area rock and blues guitarist Jimmy Dillon,...

  • Udemy helps a yoga rockstar find her center

    Yoga is a life-affirming practice for its devotees, but for yoga instructors, it can also be a tough way to make a living New Yorker Sadie Nardini, 43, is not your typical yoga instructor, and overcoming challenges is kind of her thing After suffering a spinal cord injury at age 13, Sadie was partially paralyzed...

  • Amer Deep Gurung

    Location: Pune, India Age: 36 Title: Senior consultant When your job is to recommend technology, you’d better be up on all the latest products and services That’s what Amer Deep Gurung is tasked with doing every day at the large global consultancy where he works With 12 years of experience in IT, Amer is...

  • Melvin Ware

    Location: Topeka, KS Age: 37 Job title: Web analyst, Topeka Public Schools Opportunity knocked for Melvin Ware, and he answered Two years ago, he was a computer repair technician for the Topeka Public Schools and the administration was having trouble filling a web applications position His boss, the director...

  • Felix Stöger

    Age: 17 Location: Linz, Austria Occupation: Student “Ambition is the ticket to the top” Words to live by for 17-year-old Felix Stöger as he wraps up his senior year of high school in Linz, Austria, works on passing his Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) exam, and plans to attend university next year He’s...

  • Norberto Velázquez Medina

    Location: Leon Guanajuato, Mexico Age: 25 Job title: Extract, transform, load (ETL) developer The progression of a career these days is more of a meandering journey than a linear path Rather than picking a job or industry and sticking with it at all costs, today’s entrants into the workforce have more...

  • Out of the classroom and into the Udemy record books

    If we ever create a Udemy Hall of Fame, instructor Rob Percival will definitely be among the first inductees His story has been told numerous times in the media, and he’s something of a legend around Udemy When he visited our office in November 2015, people stopped what they were doing and watched him as if he were...

  • Jacek Kaczmarek

    Location: Wroclaw, Poland Age: 36 Job Title: Senior Java developer & solution architect Jacek Kaczmarek knew he wanted to brush up on his skills, broaden his experience, and become a better developer Having worked with some older software for a while, he needed to catch up with mainstream Java specs and APIs...