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Success Story - Nayquan Scott: "When Perseverance Pays Off"
Published:
3/8/2013 11:58:59 AM


Nayquan Scott
 


By Amanda Wagner

 

As a self-proclaimed "country boy," Nayquan Scott was always interested in figuring out how things worked. From mechanics to electronics, he wanted to fix things. After taking a computer course in high school, Nayquan was confident that a career working with computers would be a great fit for him. He turned to Palmetto Youth Connections to get training for this "in demand" occupation.

 

Although Nayquan had a clear career path chosen when he enrolled in Palmetto Youth Connections, achieving his goals wasn't always easy. The CompTIA A+ Certification exam had a reputation of being very difficult and Nayquan was worried that the class material wasn't preparing him enough for the exam.

He became discouraged with the training program and reached out to his Career Coach, Katlyn Sullivan, for some advice. Ms. Sullivan was able to enroll Nayquan in an A+ Essentials Course and an A+ Practical Application course with PST, Inc. for additional training.

 

"I think it's natural to become discouraged when things aren't going your way," said Nayquan. "I was discouraged but I decided to ask for help instead of just giving up. You will never be successful if you don't put in the effort," he continued.

Nayquan earned his CompTIA A+ certification and was ready to start his job search. Ms. Sullivan was extremely impressed with Nayquan's motivation throughout the training and job search process.

 

"Nayquan is a role model for young adults. He completed his A+ training while working two jobs. Once he completed training, he filled out dozens of online applications, made follow up phone calls, and went on a dozen interviews. He recognized that there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. He wanted a job that would lead him to a successful career and he didn't give up when things weren't going his way," said Ms. Sullivan.

 

After 6 months of job searching, Nayquan accepted a position to work in the IT department at MUSC. "The staff at Palmetto Youth Connections is so supportive.

"They helped me look for jobs and helped me stay positive when I was getting discouraged," said Nayquan. "I know that my perseverance and patience with the whole process paid off in the end," he said.

 

In the future, Nayquan hopes to work for the government overseas. For now, he is happy to wake up every morning and go to the job he worked so hard achieve.


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