My name is Paul and I'm a Udemy learning junkie. I found Udemy in late 2015 and by mid 2016 created my very first Udemy course and officially became a Udemy instructor. I'm a total Geek and find it hard to sit around and do nothing - building Udemy courses is just one of the various projects I find myself doing in my spare time. It takes a lot more work than I expected to build a course but I have found I really do enjoy it.
My goal on Udemy is to rank among the top instructors within the first 3 years. This is ambitious and will take a lot of work. It's also something I can't do on my own: only with the feedback and support of my students will I stand any chance of making this happen.
My undergrad degree was in Aerospace Engineering (MEng). During this I found I was far more interested in the mathematics and programming than Engineering so I did a masters degree in Pure Mathematics (MSc) and a PhD in Computer Science (Cryptography). After finishing my PhD I started working as an Actuary and I have just finished the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) fellowship qualification (FIA).
Coding and Teaching Related Experience
My first encounter with coding was when I learnt Fortran as an engineering undergrad. Later when working on undergrad and MSc projects I learnt to code in Matlab (using m-files) and then in C.
My coding skills only really took off though when I working on my PhD. The computer science department I was in only used Linux - I quickly had to learn use Linux operating systems, shell scripting and teach myself C++. It was here where I learn object orientated coding techniques and built some very complex and fast code (mostly for integer factorization).
When working in Actuarial related roles I have had to master Microsoft Excel, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and C#. In my current role as Actuarial Systems Technical Lead for a major UK Insurer I mainly deal in VBA and C# code. In addition I take care of the Actuarial Infrastructure and various modelling platforms.
I started out teaching when some work friends noticed me coding in VBA and asked me to teach them. I said okay and my first attempt was a series of informal emails with links, a list of topics to cover and exercises to enforce the concepts. This gradually grew into a website of it's own and later into full blown Udemy courses. In addition I provide actuarial system training internally as part of my day job (it's wide and varied!).
Outside of Work
For a number of years I have spent my free time studying for the IFoA fellowship exams. Now that these are done I find myself spending more time learning other things (coding, foreign languages - learning German at the moment). I keep myself in shape with regular trips to the gym to lift weights and running.