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  • Student profile: Sérgio Letras

    Name: Sérgio Letras Location: Lisbon, Portugal Age: 28 Job title: Software developer Sérgio Letras isn’t about to let opportunity pass him by He’s been a software developer for about five years and knew from the start he’d “need to keep improving myself in every way I could” Part of that means...

  • Student profile: Steve Misic

    Name: Steve Misic Location: Hoffman Estates, IL Age: 60 Job title: Online Trading Company instructor One of the most fun and dynamic aspects of the Udemy marketplace is having instructors who take courses and students who go on to create new courses It reinforces our belief that teaching and learning are two...

  • Spreading the joy of painting online

    Nicola Blakemore has been successful as a painting teacher with her gentle instructional style and encouraging personality That formula works for her classes online and off, because a genuine desire to help people learn underlies both Nicola originally trained as a graphic artist before working in the media,...

  • Successful singing instructor discovers it’s never too late to learn

    Peruse Roma Waterman’s bio, and you could conclude she’s achieved all the fame and fortune as a professional singer and voice coach she dreamed of Roma recorded her first demo at age 18 and never wanted to do anything but have a career in music With more than 20 years as a professional singer and voice coach to...

  • Benefiting from learning AND teaching on Udemy

    Creating an online course is a great way to reach a virtually limitless global audience to help them learn It’s also a great way for instructors to extend their influence and drum up new business outside the marketplace As a student, Sally Apokedak of Marietta, GA, has taken courses and gained skills that have...

  • Better living through spreadsheets

    It’s been said that great teachers can get students excited about virtually any subject That said, you might assume Excel would be an exception to the rule Billy Wigley, 50, of Las Vegas is out to prove you wrong, and it’ll only take a minute or two of watching his courses before you see the light Billy’s...

  • Going online makes the entire world her classroom

    Kristen Palana and Jacqui Seidel were each doing their own things as Udemy instructors and business owners before they happened to cross paths on Facebook and found instant chemistry Kristen is a multimedia artist, university professor, and author as well as a wife, mother-of-two, and expatriate American living...

  • Student profile: Derek Byers

    Name: Derek Byers Location: Cape Town, South Africa Age: 45 Job title: Business reporting manager Derek Byers is much too hard on himself He didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life at an early age and envied those who did He wasn’t a good student and skipped university, choosing to travel the world...

  • Student profile: Chris Barney

    Name: Chris Barney Location: Boston, MA Age: 40 Job title: Game developer Udemy students are pretty smart With the threat of layoff looming on the horizon at the game publisher where he’d worked for six years, Chris Barney didn’t wait for the axe to fall He used Udemy to upskill and get ready to look for his...

  • Student profile: Cordelia Carlsson

    Name: Cordelia Carlsson Location: Perth, Australia Job title: State administration, Business Manager Support Group Learning can be transformational, but before that can happen, you need access Cordelia Carlsson always urged her two grown kids to learn new things as they were growing up, but she regretted not...

  • Hacking his way through life

    If you’ve got a vision for how you want your future to look, meet your perfect role model: 24-year-old Dragoş Ștefănescu He was determined to publish a course on Udemy, then more courses, and eventually get to the point where he could fully support himself on his Udemy earnings He didn’t spend time thinking or...