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Top three reasons why you should consider a career as a Sales Engineer, the MVP of SaaS
Have you recently thought about starting a new career in IT? If you love innovative technologies, problem-solving, and communicating with other people, then a Sales Engineer position might be perfect for you.
Success Story: Alice, Sophia and Anna
Today we caught up with three of our graduates, and they all want to share their stories with you. Each story is unique in its own way, but one thing remains consistent, all of the stories have a great ending. Read on to learn more about them.
Success Story: Alina
February 24, 2021
Success Story: Alina
Alina is one of our former students, and she currently works in Silicon Valley. Like many people, Alina was hesitant early on in her job search, but she soon worked through her worries and landed herself an epic job! Read on to learn more about her journey...
5 Myths Surrounding Careers in Technology: Stop Believing Them
From time to time you come across an outdated, or an altogether false, article on the internet about what it’s like working in a particular field. These articles only serve to scare people away from taking up a job in a specific industry, and they’re usually nonsense. IT is sadly no exception to this rule.
Rebranding: Rethinking Your Company’s Identity
The modern market is changing at an incredible pace. So much so, that businesses have to adapt to these market changes quickly, and this means that they might have to alter their products too. New inventions, technologies, and design solutions appear nearly every hour. More and more progressive-minded companies are launching, and every one of them is looking boldly towards the future. Which means, to be successful in the long-term term, it’s not enough to simply make good products. You need to explore new avenues.
The role of developers and testers in ensuring the quality of computer games
If you’re a gamer then you’ve definitely heard about Cyberpunk 2077. And if you don’t play games, you might’ve seen something on the news about this game. In short, CD Projekt RED, the creators of Cyberpunk 2077, wanted to create a game that would become the best game in history, and this game was supposed to be a real game changer.
Natalia Atif
February 10, 2021
Natalia Atif
Natalia Atif is a QA Lead who has over 10 years worth of experience in Quality Assurance. She has worked at Apple, Intel, and ItsOn, and she is now one of our instructors. Natalia started her QA career back in 2010, and from that moment on she’s gone from strength to strength in her various roles. We caught up with Natalia to hear about how she started out in the big wide world of tech, to learn more about her love of QA, and to find out about her job at Apple.
Artificial Intelligence – How Soon Will We Be Replaced By Robots?
Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, is used in many different companies and industries around the globe today. We often hear about cars without drivers, supermarkets without cashiers, mail being delivered by drones, and robotic waiters. AI can already write stories, create music, and paint pictures, which is astonishing. And as the years go by we will become even more AI driven.
Do IT Professionals Need Strong Communication Skills?
If someone asked you, “What skills does an IT professional need?”, you’d probably list a number of hard skills. Examples of these include, computer skills, coding skills, and project management skills. And of course, you’d say that IT professionals need an in-depth knowledge of the technologies they use at work.
Careerist will replace JobEasy on February 1st, 2021.
Why have we decided to rebrand? Because we’ve realized that we are more than just a school for QA testers, and we want to expand and share our knowledge with you all!
Success Story: Mariia
January 25, 2021
Success Story: Mariia
We recently got in touch with one of our 2019 graduates Mariia, and today we’ll share her success story with you. Interestingly, Mariia found her QA job during the pandemic, so perhaps she can inspire you to see that there are good jobs available during these uncertain times.
Referral Program: What is it and how does it work?
Can you remember the last time you told someone about a product or a service you really enjoyed using? How amazing would it be if you were rewarded for telling them, and if they also used the product or service? I mean, wouldn’t it be great to get some kind of reward; money, sandwiches, or even vouchers to use - just because you told a friend about the company you used!
COVID-19: The Challenges and Changes the Labor Market Has Faced
The pandemic, and the various lockdowns around the world, have had a dramatic impact on the labor market. In fact, the pandemic has caused radical restructuring and division when it comes to people in work worldwide.
Success Story: Galina
January 14, 2021
Success Story: Galina
The days when our graduates ring us up and tell us their job success stories are simply the best! We recently got a call from Galina, and she wanted to tell us about her remarkable QA role in Manhattan. Read on to learn more about her success story.
How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the IT industry in 2020…
Every business and industry has been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. There are some businesses, like tourism that aren’t sure what the future holds for them, and there are other businesses that have managed to successfully adapt to the new reality. In this article we will take a look at the impact the pandemic had on the IT field.
Mentoring: What Is It and How It Can Help You
No matter how independent and confident we are, a time will come when we need someone by our side to guide and direct us onto the right path. While support from our friends and family is undeniably important, it isn’t always the support we are looking for. Perhaps we need professional support, or business guidance, and in this case, assistance from a trusted mentor is essential and it’s what we’re looking for.
7 Ways to Prevent Professional Burnout When Working In IT
When we start our IT careers we are full of hopes and dreams. We dream of working in huge companies around the world, and we’re willing to learn anything and everything to prove how valuable we are to an IT giant! We take risks, and we make plans, we’re brave and fearless, and no obstacle can stop us. No mountain is too high to conquer, no river is too wide for us to swim across.
Changing jobs when working in the IT field
It’s possible to build a successful career in tech without any in-depth knowledge of programming languages, but you will find many more job opportunities if you have learnt at least one programming language. 
Why You Should Learn Python in 2021...
It’s possible to build a successful career in tech without any in-depth knowledge of programming languages, but you will find many more job opportunities if you have learnt at least one programming language. 
Iurii Sokolov’s Story
December 21, 2020
Iurii Sokolov’s Story
We recently caught up with Iurii Sokolov, he is one of Careerist’s teachers, to chat about his IT career. Iurii has been working in the IT industry since 2012, and he really wants to share his love of Quality Assurance (QA) and his career journey with you. Read on to be inspired!
20 Soft Skills Every QA Professional Should Have
When you’re starting your career as a QA professional you’ll be so focused on learning the necessary technical skills that you’ll forget all the other little things you need to know and learn about. Yes, I’m talking about Soft Skills.
7 Myths about Testing
December 14, 2020
7 Myths about Testing
Very few people outside of the IT industry, and even some individuals within it, know exactly what the responsibilities and daily duties of a tester are. Yet, many individuals have heard about the many misconceptions and myths surrounding testing. So much so, that some of these myths discourage some individuals from taking up a career in testing. Today we will put to rest a few of these myths, so that you can all see that testing is actually a very promising career.
Income Share Agreement: What It Is and How It Works
Getting any kind of education usually means that you’ll need to invest a lot of time, effort, and of course, money in it. If the only thing holding you back from starting your education is money then you should look closer into the funding method called Income Share Agreement or ISA, for short. Lately, more and more schools and colleges are offering this to their students, so it’s important that you know about it and what it means.
Success Story: Ivan
December 9, 2020
Success Story: Ivan
Over the past few months we’ve been catching up with some of our graduates. While we’ve been talking to them all, we’ve noticed a pattern forming... It took all the graduates that we spoke to less than four months to find a job in QA.
QA Engineering – A Simple Way To Get Into The IT World
IT is an ever-developing industry that keeps attracting more and more people to it. But, what makes it so appealing? The answer: the IT world provides individuals with numerous opportunities for self-development, career growth, and most roles offer a decent salary too.
7 Roles in QA To Consider
One of the greatest things about becoming a QA tester is that there are so many roles you can choose from if you wanted to change your job in the future! Depending on your interests and personality, you can focus on improving different skills and getting more in-depth knowledge in a particular area of software development, so that you can get a new role. It’s really that simple.
Success Story: Dina
December 2, 2020
Success Story: Dina
Dina is one of our successful graduates and she has kindly shared her story with us. Dina had many ups and downs on the way to finding her dream job, but she now has an epic IT career… Read her story and be inspired now.
15 Highest Paying IT Jobs in 2021
There are dozens of different IT professions, specializations, and programming languages out there today. New roles appear almost every month, and there are various names for all of the different professions. So it can be quite hard to distinguish what the best and highest paying IT roles out there are. We have created this article to highlight what the highest paying IT jobs in 2021 will be.
DevOps: A Brief Guide
November 29, 2020
DevOps: A Brief Guide
DevOps is one of the most discussed topics in the IT field. Yet, despite its rising popularity, there is still some confusion about what this term means. In this article, we will try to clear up this confusion, and we will look at what DevOps engineers do, and how they help businesses.
Success story: Anton
November 25, 2020
Success story: Anton
Anton is a Careerist graduate who has kindly shared his story with us. Check out his story below and be inspired to start your very own IT career today.
Remote Work
November 23, 2020
Remote Work
Society often underestimates remote work, I mean how many times has working remotely been mistaken for ‘Working at home, in your pajamas, for as little time as you like, while watching TV?’ A lot of people think like this. Yet, this is a misconception. Remote work takes a great deal of discipline and perseverance to master. Just because you get to work outside of the typical office scene it doesn’t mean the work, or input, is any less! Work is work - it must always be professional.
TOP-10 Programming Languages of 2020
The ability to write in a programming language is an essential skill nowadays. Why? Because computers and technology surround us. From factories and transport to household appliances – some sort of programming language is the supporting structure of most things we do in life. Think about it, almost every single aspect of our lives is somehow dependent on some sort of gadget, and this is dependent on some sort of programming language.
Five Reasons Why We Still Need Manual Testing
There are two approaches to software testing — Manual and Automated testing. In Manual testing, as the name suggests, all tests are performed manually by a human(s). In Automated testing, test engineers write codes and tests are done by computers.
Agile vs Waterfall
November 3, 2020
Agile vs Waterfall
There are several approaches and methods to managing a software development project, but the most popular ones are Agile, Kanban, Scrum and Waterfall. The approach and the method are chosen based on the answers to the following questions, for example: What is the task type? What is the project’s size? What timescale is needed? And, what is the budget? The correct approach and method will also yield the best results for a project and the whole development process.
Top 10 QA Companies in the US
Quality Assurance Testing (QA) is an essential part of software development. Without QA testing most products, like apps and websites, would end up being rather glitch-ridden and full of errors! (Nobody wants that). To avoid such catastrophes companies around the world invest heavily in testing. Some companies have in-house QA teams, and others choose to outsource their Manual and Automated testing.
Top 10 best websites to use when trying to find a testing job in 2020
Whether you are a newbie to the tech field, or an experienced professional, looking for a new job can be exhausting. There are so many online job boards, plus thousands of websites, which makes deciding where to start a ‘job search’ really hard.
A Guide To: White Box, Black Box, and Gray Box testing.
There are three methods of testing used in the software testing process: White Box, Black Box, and Gray Box testing. All three methods focus on the testing process from a different point of view, and cannot be used on their own. Completing all three of these methods guarantees that a higher quality product reaches the end-user.
QA Tester: Who is a tester? What skills are needed for this job? And what responsibilities has a tester got?
Testing is a growing profession, and you can clearly see why. Our world is filled with technology, of all different kinds. With all of this tech around the place, the only way for different businesses to compete is to bring prestigious and reputable products or services to the market.
What Does a QA Engineer Do?
If you are currently browsing through job adverts and you’re looking for ‘testing jobs’ you will find that there are many different names used in the testing field for ‘testing jobs’. For example, some companies are looking to hire QA testers or Manual QAs, and others are looking for QA analysts or QA Engineers. With so many job titles in the testing field it can be confusing for a new tester. 
Software Testing: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners
According to job search portals like indoor.com, QA engineering is one of the top five most popular jobs in IT in 2020. The IT field is growing faster than ever, and IT companies are creating new quality assurance teams every single day to ensure that only the most sophisticated, and high quality products enter the market.
Can you learn to become a software tester from your own home?
Absolutely! It is possible to learn software testing from your own home. Plus, you can become a successful software tester fast and get jobs pretty quickly as well.
How to Get a Software Testing Job Without Any Testing Experience...
If you are still deciding on which career path to take, or perhaps you’re considering changing your current career, the tech field is something you should look into.
Burnout: What is it? Why does it occur? What are the symptoms? And, what to do if it occurs?
Burnout is not actually a new word or phenomenon, as some of you might have thought. In fact, the term "burnout" was actually coined by the American psychiatrist Herbert Fredenberg way back in 1974. He used this term to describe the psychological state of a healthy person who had been in a long-term emotionally charged atmosphere.
The QA Process: A beginner’s guide to the main stages, steps and tools of Quality Assurance
When you’re thinking about becoming a tester, and you’re reading about the topic, you can quickly become overwhelmed with all the concepts and terms associated with QA. There are so many terms in the QA process that don’t mean anything to you, like ‘black box’, ‘white box’, ‘unit tests’, ‘regression tests’, ‘manual’ and ‘automated’ testing, ‘BrowserStack’, and ‘Jira’...
‘Software Testing’, ‘Quality Control’, and ‘Quality Assurance’: What do these terms mean?
For someone who is just embarking on their career in IT there is often a lot of confusion over basic terms. Of these terms, the ones that cause the most confusion are, ‘software testing’, ‘quality assurance’, and ‘quality control’. These terms do sound rather similar, and for those who don’t know the difference between them, you could easily mix them up. Moreover, there are even some product managers who don’t fully understand the meaning of these terms in software quality management. This typically results in projects going beyond their initial budget, and in some cases projects just failing to meet any sort of standard.
Python: Why do you need to learn this language now?
Python is a high-level programming language with a minimalistic syntax. With the help of Python, you can successfully develop system applications with a GUI, command-line utilities, various specialized software solutions, games, web applications, and lots of other things.
QA in Software Testing: Everything you should know and more
If you’re one of our avid blog readers you’ll know that we talk a lot about software quality assurance. We look at what it is? How to get into it? And, what are the standards and procedures of software testing? Today we will introduce you, our reader and future tester, to the role of a testing specialist, and we will tell you what you need to do to make sure that the software that you test comes out perfect after you have completed your QA testing.
Motivation
September 11, 2020
Motivation
Today we are continuously hearing about ‘motivation’. How do we get motivated, where does our motivation come from, and how do we stay motivated? Yet, the first and simplest question we should be asking is, ‘What is motivation?’ - because we’re not always 100% sure about what it is.
Software Quality Assurance Tester Job Description: Process, Methods, Examples
Software testing is an interesting process, it is like a detective story: searching for “evidence” – bugs, identifying them and “catching” – creating reports for further correction. Software testing is carried out according to pre-established rules, using certain methods and techniques. Let's look a little deeper into this profession.
Do you want to know how to become a Manual QA Tester in just a month? Read on to find out how right now.
There are a lot of things you can do in a month. You can read 10 books, watch 20 films, start a new diet, start jogging, get a pet, join a public library, follow Kanye West on Instagram, and you can vote for someone at an election and feel extremely disappointed with the outcome. Obviously you get the picture, we do lots of things that are useful in life, and loads of things that are useless, and could be considered a complete waste of time! 
Quality Assurance in software development: A beginner’s guide
Recruiting giants like Glassdoor and Indeed are showing thousands of people around the world that ‘Quality Assurance’ roles (QA) are a promising profession for individuals to enter into. The number of vacancies in this field are growing, the pay rates are high, and testers are needed in loads of different areas each day. So, what is QA, and is it possible for anyone to enter into this type of work?
How to get a job in tech: 4-Step Guide
For several years Forbes has been declaring that the professions in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) are the most popular, and highly paid professions in the world. IT is one of these areas, but how do you get a job in tech?
“Tell us about yourself” – The One Thing That We Forget To Prepare For When Going For An Interview
An interview is a great opportunity for a job seeker and an employer to meet and to communicate with each other. Preparing for an interview is one of the main steps to obtaining a successful career, so it’s important to be prepared for any questions and situations that could come up during an interview.
Mentoring
August 18, 2020
Mentoring
This new title is growing in popularity everyday, but what is a mentor, what are they not, and who can be one? Some people say a mentor is like a magician that can make incredible changes at the wave of a magic wand, but that isn’t really the case. Let’s dive right in to discover who a mentor really is and what they actually do.
Why do we need QA testers?
Not every software development company hires QA engineers. “Really” I hear you say. But without QA engineers, who monitors the quality of the product? Well, typically, this is done by the developers, and sometimes, the software is tested by other employees, and occasionally the director gets involved too. Basically, if there is no QA engineer, everybody “clicks buttons and looks for errors”. We find this approach wrong and potentially harmful. In this article, we will explain why QA software testers are so important.
Why did you leave your previous job? - The question recruiters love to ask but one that interviewees are not too keen on answering
An interview is like an adventure, and at the end of this adventure we hope to receive a reward − a desired job. But on our journey we can sometimes meet many obstacles, such as, what questions are you going to be asked by the recruiter. Some questions may be simple and straightforward, but others may be complex, and frankly, terrifying to some. Let's check out one of the most challenging questions that you are likely to be asked at all interviews − “Why did you leave your previous job?”
4 Stages in Website Testing – The Ultimate Tester’s Checklist
The Internet is where all businesses go to compete, and it is the tool that can differentiate one business from another. Most customers, who are looking for a particular product, search the internet for solutions and they make decisions after finding the information on the internet. Your online presence, your website, is the way you stay in the market and communicate with your desired audience. But, it’s not enough to ‘have a website’ in this day and age, you must have a website that is informative, accessible, and user-friendly. So, how can you be sure that your website ticks all of these boxes? You have to test it.
Self-education or courses – that is the question!
How often do we have to learn new things to do a certain job? In the ever-changing world of IT, it’s imperative now more than ever, to keep up to speed with the active development of information technologies and digitalization. Even the work we do is being transferred to digital format, and new programs are being introduced to help optimize work processes. But what are we to do?
5 Reasons Why QA Engineering Is One Of The Happiest Fields To Work In
In 2018, anthropologist David Graeber published a book called “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.” One of his key ideas in this book is that our job is our primary tool for influencing the world. In a nutshell, we need to be involved in some kind of activity to feel good about ourselves and life. Our jobs make us feel useful, wholesome, balanced, and in the long run – happy. We feel happy when our work is related to helping others and caring.
Who is a QA Automated Testing Engineer?
The testing of a software product can be carried out in either a manual manner or in an automated manner. In first and second cases, a test plan is drawn up and test cases are written. The only difference is that during manual testing, the test cases are performed by a person, and during automatic testing a program tests the cases.
Manual QA testing engineers: Who are they and why a company cannot work without them?
Today, there are several thousand QA testing jobs in the USA, and California is home to a great deal of them. But why is QA manual testing still so popular among employers, and what skills do you need to have to be successful in this area? Read on to discover who QA manual testers are and why a company cannot work without them.
Manual QA testing vs Automation QA testing. Why does a manual QA tester need automated testing skills?
Having additional skills is always a bonus, no matter where you are in life or what job you have. In the ever-changing and rapidly growing world of IT it’s imperative that IT professionals, who work in the testing field, keep on working on their skills in order to keep up with the latest developments and advances.
DevOps engineer: What does this specialist do, what’s their salary like, and how to become one?
To begin, DevOps,short for Development Operations, is not quite a profession, rather DevOps can be classified as an approach to solving problems. This approach helps system administrators, QA testers, and developers to work better and more efficiently through high-quality automation and cooperation.
Will QA Manual Testing disappear in five years?
This is one burning question! And if we received a dollar for every time someone asked us this question we’d be richer than Zuckerberg!
ISA upgrades education and related services
Careerist team focuses not only on education, but also on helping the students get jobs. For over a year, we have been improving our methodology and we have brought it to a high level.
Why do we teach Automation in Python, not Java
Here at QA School Careerist.co we often hear disputes over which programming language is worth learning to get to work faster in Test Automation – Java or Python?
Graduates success stories
At Careerist, we tried to create a dream school that we ourselves once wanted to get into, but could not find such important and necessary knowledge. Below you can see some videos of the meetings with the graduates and articles of success stories.
How a 21-year-old waiter from Los Angeles got a job as a QA engineer after online courses at Careerist.com school
David is 21 and he worked as a waiter. The work was physically tiring and the wage depended on tips, it was difficult to go away for a couple of minutes.
How an accountant from Brooklyn got an offer for 50$/h as a QA engineer after the testing course in Careerist school
Dila is a 40-year-old mother of two daughters and she is an accountant in Brooklyn. This year she decided to change her job, so she took up a course to become a tester. Here is Dila’s first person narrative about the pros of JobEasy iapproach, internship and salary of a QA Engineer.
How to start a career at IT and get $70–100K a year from the very beginning
Max Glubochansky won a green card in the lottery and came to San Francisco in 2013, at the age of 26. He chose California, because he knew that there were the highest salaries. There were a lot of technological companies around, but Max was into humanities and had neither experience in IT nor the wish to study it. 
How an English teacher after a testing school Careerist.com started to get $95K a year
Ilona taught English at university, but due to unstable wage and interest to technological sphere she decided to change her profession. Here is her first person narrative about the lessons, internship, job search and her current salary.
How an Art teacher from San Jose started to make a good living as a software tester after finishing Careerist.com school
Stef, an Art teacher from San Jose wanted to get a stable job, so she took up a course to become a tester. Here is her first person narrative about the lessons, internship, job search and her current salary.