Get a head start on your career with Jest & PST!


What could you do if you had an idea what your career would look like in five years? What if you could take an honest look at where you are right now and make decisions to ensure that your future is what you want it to be?


And what if all that meant that, instead of worrying about how to land the job, you could spend your time focusing on building the skills that will make you more marketable?


That’s exactly what Jest & PST offers, with no-hassle training and degrees designed by top industry professionals. Learn how to get started with Jest & PST today!


#1: Dedication

What makes you more likely to succeed in school and life? Dedication, hard work, drive. At least that’s what most people say. But is it true? In order to answer these questions, JEST looked at all of its students who earned college degrees between 2012 and 2016 (1,856 graduates total) and analyzed their academic records.


We found that there was no correlation between dedication and school success--and our results held even when we controlled for other factors like grades and test scores.


The same held true for job performance: There was no relationship between dedication and performance ratings. This means that if you want to get ahead in school or at work, being dedicated isn't enough--you need to be smart too.


The good news is that smartness can be learned, which brings us to... #2: Learning Skills: A lot of people think they're smart, but few actually are. That's because smart has many different meanings.


Some people are really good at memorizing things quickly and regurgitating them later; others are great at solving problems; still others have an innate ability to pick up new skills quickly; some excel in math while others excel in language arts; etc.


Most importantly, none of these skills alone will help you get ahead in school or at work--but together they form a powerful combination. That's why we created JEST & PST Learning Skills Courses - because learning how to learn will help you achieve better grades, make smarter decisions on tests, develop better habits for professional success, and much more!


#2: Passion

You need to love what you do. You’re going to be spending an obscene amount of time at work, so if you don’t enjoy what you do, then it won’t feel like work. If passion doesn’t drive you, then nothing will drive you.


This is why many of our clients are so successful—because they love what they do and their passion shows through in their work. Passion comes from within and no one can give it to you; however, we can help you find it.


The best way to figure out what you’re passionate about is by trying new things that interest you. As for us, we help people find jobs in areas that interest them (and get paid well doing so).


#3: Ambition: Ambition can be defined as the desire for success or achievement, typically requiring determination and hard work. In other words, ambition is having goals and working hard to achieve them.


It's not enough just wanting something; there has to be some fire inside driving us towards our goals. We're ambitious because we want people who share that same trait when working with us.


#3: Study Your Hearts Out

In 2022, most jobs require a degree of some sort. This may include an Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree or beyond (we'll get to that in #4).


Earning your associate's can be done part-time and online—and costs less than $20,000 for two years. The only downside is that it doesn't look great on resumes; although employers will often give you credit for education from outside their company or industry.


A bachelor’s might take four years of study and cost up to $200,000 depending on which school you attend. However, having one means more opportunities in terms of jobs and salaries as they generally come with additional job benefits like health insurance and vacation time.


It also looks better on your resume because it shows commitment to a field of study. It's also something you can put off until later if needed, since you don't need to graduate right away. But if you do want to graduate early, there are plenty of accelerated programs available at both community colleges and universities alike. 


If earning your bachelor’s isn't feasible due to financial reasons or simply not being able to afford all those extra years of schooling, consider starting out by earning an associate's degree first before going back for a bachelor's later down the road when finances allow for it.


#4: Take Advantage of Opportunities

The more you put yourself out there, both professionally and personally, The better off you'll be. You can always ask people to help you get one step closer to that next big promotion or dream job by taking advantage of opportunities at school and in your community.


Just remember that everything you do has an effect, so always try to make it a positive one. The world is waiting for someone passionate like you, who's ready to make their mark. Show them what they're missing. It's time to go all-in. 


#5: Make New Connections: You never know where a connection might lead. When you meet new people, don't be afraid to share your goals and dreams. Who knows? Someone may have just what you need to succeed.


A powerful network will open doors for you—and keep them open as long as possible—so build yours carefully and strategically, but don't wait too long to start adding value. Your network will only grow if others see how much value you bring to it; so take every opportunity to add value when connecting with others.


#5: Focus on Internships

Internships are an excellent way to gain valuable experience in your field and network. We always encourage high school students to engage in at least one internship during their junior or senior year, preferably two if you can swing it.


If you are doing an internship relevant to accounting, try practicing accounting by shadowing one of our accountants for two weeks in order to become familiar with our ways of working.


If you want more experience learning about computers, a software engineering internship might be more appropriate for you. Practice (or shadow) someone within every department that looks interesting to you until you find what truly excites you and applies to your skillset and interests.


#4: Stay Connected: It’s important to stay connected with professionals in your field so that you can continue to learn from them and get advice when needed. Use LinkedIn as well as other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., to keep up-to-date on news relevant to your industry.


Also use these platforms to connect with others who share similar passions as yourself so that you have people around who will support you through challenging times.


When we hire interns here at JEST & PST we look for candidates who have taken initiative outside of class time—they’ve reached out and made connections on their own time via social media or attended conferences related to their major or career interest.


#6: Learn from Mentors

Ask Questions and Get Answers If you’re not getting answers to your questions, it may be because people can’t answer them. Consider what questions you’re asking.


Perhaps there are better ways to phrase them or better places to get answers from? Also consider why you might be afraid of making mistakes. In many cases, it comes down to confidence – after all, if we don’t think we can do something right, how can we expect others to think so too?


Getting help is key here: sharing your fears will enable you to prepare for issues before they arise and reassure other people that they have every reason in the world to want you in their organization. To learn more about communication strategies check out our previous post.


#7: Learn from Mistakes It’s easy to fall into a cycle of avoidance when it comes to mistakes. We try to avoid things that could go wrong because we feel like we should always be doing everything right (and failing at anything makes us feel like failures).


But trying new things means taking risks, which means there will inevitably be some mistakes along the way. And while failure is never fun, learning from those experiences is an important part of growing as an individual and professional—not just in terms of understanding what went wrong but also by figuring out how you can do better next time around.

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